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Photography Question 
Michelle Brown

how do i pick out an object

i would like to take say a tree limb and put it into another image, next how do you take an insect an install it into an image an have the wings still transparent.
i can do this by erasing the outside of the image, but this is a pain an you dont get your background colour thru on translucent things like wings.
can someone help me
too many ideas
not enought talent

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8/23/2005 5:26:41 AM

Melissa  L. Zavadil
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/26/2005
First you need photoshop.

1. open both pics in photoshop.
2. click on the leaf pic, then select it by any number of tools,
3. hit copy under the edit menu
4. close out of the leaf pic
5. hit on the other pic
6. hit paste, Control-T to manipulate the image on the picture where you want it to go.
7. clean it up by zooming in extra close and erasing the wierd edging.
8. Flatten the image and clone any weird happenings to make the image conform.

Making a translucent shot: (I really don't believe that I understand your question fully on this) but I will try to answer anyway.
There are several ways that you can accomplish this but layers is essential. The several ways determined by the exact issue you are working on and the effect that you are trying to achieve.

Just open up your layer box hit on the layer you want to make translucent and decrease the opacity.

Hope this helps, you can email me if you have any other question or get stuck.....
Melissa :o)

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8/23/2005 8:46:05 AM

Melissa  L. Zavadil
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/26/2005
  Seeing the bug you are working with and the photo you are trying to put it in would help immensely.

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8/23/2005 8:47:38 AM

Melissa  L. Zavadil
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/26/2005
  Another way that might work for the wings is to select only the wings and desat them. This would help with the color issues. But again this would depend on the image you are putting it in......

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8/23/2005 8:50:05 AM

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