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Looking for improvement This is the e-group critique board. If you post a picture here it will be assumed that you are looking for comprehensive technical feedback - both good and bad, but always respectful. Only post pictures here if you can deal with potentially negative constructive criticism. Anyone is qualified to comment and post feedback, and everyone is encouraged to do so. NB: "Looking for Improvement" is the place to post any pictures you would like advice on improving, no matter how bad you might think they are.

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Old 13th January 2016
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Re: A learning curve

Glad yo found that helpful, Amanda, solved the reflection problem nicely
Layers are fun, if difficult at first. If you would like it, I will send you an Adobe Element 2 book for beginners which explains them in words I can understand.
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Re: A learning curve

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Definitely better with the whole of the wooden stopper. With the layer added I think it looks a bit disconcerting because it seems to be floating in space, presumably because we have lost that bot of shadow. You could try painting away that bit of the bokeh layer (assuming it's on top) with a brush set to less than 100% which should allow it to show through.

When you are painting away the bokeh layer, are you painting on the layer itself or on a layer mask? It's hard to explain layer masks but not too hard to understand once you see it - in effect it makes the changes reversible so if you get rid of too much you can just paint it back in.

Good stuff, I'm looking forward to the next iteration.....

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Yes, it does look a bit odd floating. To answer your question it's a bit trial and error at the moment. I cut out the bottle and pasted it on top of the bokeh layer, so that is why there is no shadow. Thanks for your help.

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Try using the same technique that you used in the first image, but reduce the opacity of the bokeh layer so that the shadows from the bottle are still visible.

Photoshop is like cooking. So many ways to make a cake with the same ingredients, everyone has their own recipe, ways of doing it and they all taste different...

Thanks Graham. I found an Adobe tutorial which makes sense but I'm not getting it to work the same way. More practise needed!

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Glad yo found that helpful, Amanda, solved the reflection problem nicely
Layers are fun, if difficult at first. If you would like it, I will send you an Adobe Element 2 book for beginners which explains them in words I can understand.
If you would like it, just PM me your address,
David
Thank you David, that would be brilliant!

Somehow, I have managed to do this which I think is better again:


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Re: A learning curve

...this might help (not sure) but something very useful Ive learnt this last 12 months is that the size of the light source is important to quality. A small diffuser still provides a relatively small light source......a big white sheet in front of the lens gives a much bigger light source and better diffusion....thought that might help here.
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Thanks Brian - I guess this is the differences between a plastic diffuser and something a soft box or umbrella is designed to solve.
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...or bouncing the flash off something big. Wall, ceiling, large piece of card will all help as long as they are neutral colours.

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