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post #1 of 18 Old 09-28-2010, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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First Photoshop!

I have used photoshop in school but this is my first one i have created with GIMP software. Its kinda sloppy, im kinda just getting used to using this instead of photoshop 7. What do you think?

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post #2 of 18 Old 09-29-2010, 12:56 PM
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It looks really nice! Great job :)

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Looks great for starting out!

May I ask what you used to select the horse head? You did a good job taking out the stuff between the bottom of the halter and his face but it's still rough and has pieces of background left behind. Have you tried the magnetic lasso tool? I'm not familiar with GIMP persay but Photoshop has it. I drag that around my selections then go back and fix it up with the polygonal lasso tool and sometimes even smooth the edges to get a clean selection. If that sounds like total gibberish I'll try to find a link to a demo for you.
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Looks great for starting out!

May I ask what you used to select the horse head? You did a good job taking out the stuff between the bottom of the halter and his face but it's still rough and has pieces of background left behind. Have you tried the magnetic lasso tool? I'm not familiar with GIMP persay but Photoshop has it. I drag that around my selections then go back and fix it up with the polygonal lasso tool and sometimes even smooth the edges to get a clean selection. If that sounds like total gibberish I'll try to find a link to a demo for you.
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yeah i have used that tool on photoshop and it was soo nice but with gimp i have still yet to find it, i use the lasso tool they have and it is a lot easier than photoshop's free hand lasso but still kinda hard to get used to, next time im gonna take more time on it

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Did you know you can add and subtract parts of your selection? Helps a lot with things!
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what does that do?

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I'll use your picture as an example...you see how there's some background left under his chin? After using whatever method of selecting you initially use you can grab the polygonal lasso and by holding a certain key (it's different in some programs and computer systems) while using the lasso you can choose to basically deselect the part of the original pic you don't want. If you hold a different key you can make your selection just ever so slightly bigger in an area like the bottom of the halter where it looks choppy a bit because the plain lasso tool is hard to get straight lines with. The polygonal lasso is always a straight line.

It's super hard to explain over the internet. I'm sure there's a cool demo vid out there or a good website on it. If you want to stick with editing and get better I'd do some research. Editin software does so many cool things it's hard to teach yourself all of it.
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i think i understand...thanks for your advice!

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Not bad for your first try! :) Kudos to you for using GIMP, that's something that I always struggled with, being a photoshop user. If you're interested, Adobe gives out 30 day trials of every product on their site, and if you happen to be a student, they also give 80% off ^_^

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Not bad for your first try! :) Kudos to you for using GIMP, that's something that I always struggled with, being a photoshop user. If you're interested, Adobe gives out 30 day trials of every product on their site, and if you happen to be a student, they also give 80% off ^_^
student as in college? or highschool? but trials frustrate me cause im too poor to buy the expensive photoshop when it runs out after im attached ahahha

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