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_MG_4154 After cord removal

_MG_4154 After cord removal

One of the first things a successful Photoshop user should learn is how to make good selections. There are a myriad of ways to do that within Photoshop. Another helpful thing to know is how to choose your brushes and adjust the tip so that edges are not harsh. Both of those techniques were important is finding the content to cover up the cord. Mostly, I used the lasso with a feathered edge to select portions of the tray to cover the cord, as well as the rubber stamp tool. I was least successful at recreating the ripples in the water, but I'm hoping that most viewers will look at the bird rather than the water (for which I used copy and pasting as well as transforming and distortion to make the ripples follow the curves of the water movement. I also used the smudge tool. Note: I see I forgot to get rid of the shadow from the cord! It's always something!

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Carol Breton10-Jan-2011 13:43
First of all, this is a great shot of the woodpecker drinking! An unusual and wonderful capture.
Secondly, you did a fantastic job of getting rid of the offending cord. Had I not seen the first
image, I would not had known the cord existed (I would not have noticed the shadow).
Excellent work, Isabel. Bravo. ~
Isabel Cutler10-Jan-2011 12:49
Thank you, Leslie. If you look at the "previous" picture you will see that there was no reflection in the original image.
Bill McClung10-Jan-2011 00:58
VERY nice ..... and sharp! I don't think many folks would notice the shadow. It could easily just be a shadow from part of the fixture. I didn't even notice it until you pointed it out. By the way, they are also eating well next door at our house, chowing down regularly on our suet!
Ann09-Jan-2011 19:26
Great job in editing Isabel - I keep hoping to get one of these beautiful woodpeckers in my yard - but none so far - I know we have them because my neighbor has spotted them - they just don't venture into my yard! V
Michele Rodgers09-Jan-2011 17:57
So well done ... so interesting to see him drinking.
Irene Wehrli09-Jan-2011 17:11
You did an excellent job here Isabel - great picture! The shadow does not disturb at all, if you not had mentioned it...
heather09-Jan-2011 15:43
Well done Isabel.. it looks perfect to me! Beautiful capture too.. the detail is wonderful! Great work!! V