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Many of the photos (though not mine - more the result of internet search) do come from England. I love the old world "look" so often times my search my consist of "medieval village", "cobblestone street" (or similar), and even "old world village (or street)". Regrettably, I don't recall specifically which villages or areas the photos are from, though "Cotswold" does sound familiar. Normally when I save the images, I save them under the specific term I was searching under i.e., cobblestone street1, cobblestone street2, etc.

HIghway run was from a generic search of something like "empty highway" or similar (I don't recall now). The picture itself I believe is from here in the U.S. That specific portion of the highway (or interstate) didn't have any vehicles on it. I added the semi-tractor trailer, motorcycle, and horses. The semi however was from a picture somewhere in Europe. The specific picture (believe it or not) was demonstrating a technology to provide an image of the highway in front of the semi (which is normally blocked from view of drivers behind simply because of the size of them) onto the very back of the trailer. It was cool a photo, but I wasn't specifically interested in that aspect of the original picture, I was searching for a specific angle that fit the background. In this case, the highway curves to the right, and so I wanted the semi to be turning in that direction as well. The semi was reduced enough so that what it was demonstrating in the original photo wasn't obvious in this one and could've been represented as almost anything. Overall I wasn't really pleased with this specific picture. The motorcycle didn't come out well and I failed to adjust it adequately so it looked natural to the picture.

To everyone who's commented, thank you. I love doing photo manip's because of the different feel that can result from making something that's fairly simple and otherwise "uninteresting" in itself and creating something of interest.

Sometimes though, some of the pictures that I download and keep may only be "cleaning" them up. Similar to the "Riding Through English Village", I have some pictures that I've removed people from some these photos simply to present a better image. They are fun and challenging in and of themselves (like removing the trash from the forementioned picture).

Again, thanx for the comments! These are always fun to do (though my mind has been blank of ideas in the past couple months).

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Photomanips are not easy...

That they're not.

I've found the biggest problem in any photomanip' is keeping them 'believable' ... and on the whole you do that and have great ideas to boot.

The plane and duck image are an example of something that doesn't look altered. I'm not an expert but keep an eye on some of the edges of the imposed pieces ... a couple are a bit too crisp

That said, it hasn't stopped me enjoying them

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Well, with this latest one, I thought I'd make something related to the upcoming holiday using a picture of one of my dogs and some photos I found on the internet: Halloween

These are the source pictures:

This is one of my dogs taken this past summer

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This is the actual subject photo

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This is what I used for the inside of the pumpkin

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Here is the finished piece

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EDIT: NO ACTUAL PUMPKINS WERE HARMED IN THE MAKING OF THIS PICTURE

EDIT: EER, sorry. I didn't even realize you made a similar statement today until after I posted this.

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I'm so glad you added the statement about no ........ because the first thing I wanted to say was ..."how could you stuff such a big (& cute) doggie into a yucky pumpkin?

Jokes aside - I just love it. What a lovely dog you have.

Your photo manips are amazing - I have yet to try to do one and I know who to come to for help :)

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Beautiful dog ... and a really great manip'. Very effective (and clever thinking to use the inside of a pumpkin)

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At first, I was like "how did you get the pumpkin pieces to float!?" Then I put my head to the desk and was like "this is a paint.net forum...duh"

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The below pictures I did awhile ago. Not exactly my best work (which is why I didn't post them earlier)

This was done way back in February:

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This one was done back in August:

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This is a picture I cleaned up back in June:

http://i1152.photobucket.com/albums/p495/JClout100361/RemadeRudesheimBoppard_zpsd8f5ced5.jpg

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You know, Jim, retouching photos or manipulating them isn't always easy. In fact, not all people can do that (I speak for myself, only). And I'm saying that you have amazing ideas on how to make a photo much more interesting by adding a touch of your genius in there. I also like how you cleaned up the photo (the third one down). Looks like it was taken that way. Great job, Jim! :)

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I have to agree with Helen. I find manips so hard to do. I love the work you do. The jetski is not one of my faves but the dolphin most certainly is! Great work with cleaning up the image too. You do so well with these things :)

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To be honest, I love the challenge of cleaning up the pictures - in this case, this one in particular I attempted it twice, the first time I failed so I stepped away from it for a couple weeks then did it again. Often times my intent is to do something else with them after I'm done cleaning them up just to give them a different feel (like the one a page back where I cleaned up the trash and then added the car and motorcycle), but in this case after I was done I just couldn't think of how I could utilize the picture further so I didn't do anything more to it. Which in and of itself is fine too I suppose.

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You did an EXCELLENT job of cleaning up that last photo, Jim. I agree with Helen, it looks like that's the way it was taken.

I'm digging the dolphin picture. Your creativity is second to none and your execution gets better with every project.

If I may make one suggestion: one thing that I've found always helps my photo manips is this: after the whole thing is done to my satisfaction and I've flattened the image, I add just a hint of noise. It gives a nice "film grain" effect as well as helping all the elements blend together relatively seamlessly.

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You do such great work in cleaning out the parts you don't want in photographs ... and not enough credit given by us all for the seamless job you do

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Got to agree with Welshy.It's not till you try photo-maniping that you realise the time and patience it takes to get the finished piece look seamless and you have it down to a fine art. A good imagination and making the unbelievable believable.Nice work! :smile:

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OK, about a month ago, NN had mentioned to me (via message I believe) that she'd like to see a tutorial on the picture I made with the football player coming through the laptop screen. I also posted a copy of that same picture in the "Popping Out of a Picture" thread hoping to inspire others to take the concept to the next level. After posting it (and another one I did), another member also asked for a tutorial.

So, over the last couple days I've been doing another one (which actually forks off to end with 2 possible results):

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My dilemma is that because of the step-by-step way that I tend to illustrate the tutorials (hoping to catch and provide all details so all levels of users can accomplish the same tutorial), I've come up with a total of 75 pictures.

I think that such a lengthy tutorial may not necessarily be worthwhile.

Any opinions on this?

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Indeed I would welcome the tutorial jim, and indeed I did request one ;) the best thing about your tutes is all the step by step illustrations,

I also find that parts of a tute can be implemented in another work in progress. I hope you do post it :)

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