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Coventina, Goddess of Water
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Coventina, Goddess of Water
Coventina, Goddess of Water
Couldn't let the month go by without a manipulation using my daughter's face! This was done in PSP 8.
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Terry  R. Hatfield
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    I Cant Blame You At All Paula!! She Is Such A Beauty!The Sunlight Leads Directly From Her Eye Great Placement!! And Image!

3/27/2004 7:46:57 AM

 
Lori Ditlefsen

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Cool image Paula! Well done!

3/27/2004 7:49:25 AM

 
Kasia Elser
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Great image! Nicely done!

3/27/2004 8:07:37 AM

 
Charlene Bayerle
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This is wonderful Paula!!! How do you create this????

3/27/2004 8:32:39 AM

 
Karen Bacon
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Beautiful and interesting Paula!A great combination!

3/27/2004 8:38:10 AM

 
Darla Hill

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Very impressive - Great job

3/27/2004 8:44:33 AM

 
Judy Mae Thorne

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Great image and well put together.
Judy Mae

3/27/2004 8:49:55 AM

 
Paula Showen
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  Coventina II
Coventina II
A variation
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Hi Carol...

I used PSP 8. I used layers, layered one image over the other and then merged the two into one. If you use PSP 8 you just need to learn how to do layers, which is not that difficult. Take a look at their manual on layers or go to the JASC web page and do a search on layers. There is a tool bar dedicated to layers. The two key components on that tool bar is view layers and merge layers. When you view layers, you can adjust the opacity of either layer, so that you can see through it just enough to expose the second one. Once you've made the adjustment to your satisfaction, you merge the two images. For this image, I had to remove some of the background of the image of my daughter to make this work nicely. Keep that in mind when you are doing this. You may not be happy with the residue of the area around your subject. The process took me several hours and many drafts. It actual procedure isn't bad, it's making the images line up and get placed properly and getting the opacity just right. I've been working on this for several weeks. I had two images that I ended up with. I'll upload the second (the one I didn't select for upload).

Thank you all for your comments!

3/27/2004 8:57:05 AM

 
Paula Showen
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On this second image, I used the wave tool to create a wave effect at the bottom of the image. I didn't select this one as my final product, because I wasn't happy with the way the wave looked and I didn't want to intrude on the beauty of the landscape as much as this version does.

Hope that helps!

3/27/2004 9:00:43 AM

 
Paula Showen
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Gosh...I'm sorry! I meant to address all that to Charlene B. I'm constantly confusing those "C" names!!!!!

3/27/2004 9:03:55 AM

 
Paula Showen
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Oh yea, I also had to adjust the brightness and contrast of my daughter's image in order to allow her left eye to show up better. On the original image, her left eye was in a shadow. That's why I thought it would be perfect here. The sun is in her right eye, the nose would create a shade from the brightness of the sun, thus I thought it gave a sense of reality to the final image. The problem was it was a bit too dark. I made the adjustment and it looks much better.

Well Charlene...I'm glad you asked how it was done. I really enjoyed sharing all that!

3/27/2004 9:08:41 AM

 
Darren K. Fisher
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WOW awesome job here once again Paula.

3/27/2004 9:10:11 AM

 
Stan J. Contrades
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Wonderful creativity on your part, Paula, and your daughter's blue eye keeps drawing me in! All of your work has paid off in a beautiful composition!
Aloha,
Stan

3/27/2004 10:27:37 AM

 
Paula Showen
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Thank you Stan. Her eyes are actually brown. The combination of the sun and the brown eye came out blue. I think it has a mystical effect. Thanks again!

3/27/2004 10:32:54 AM

 
Shirley L. Carpenter
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Excellent work Paula and a very beautiful image ......

3/27/2004 11:48:14 AM

 
Pete Alukas

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Great work! I've seen rainbows before, but not like this one :) Very, very creative Paula!

3/27/2004 12:21:14 PM

 
Leanne M.E. Boyd
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Too Cool Paula!!!! Excellent work!

3/27/2004 12:33:46 PM

 
Susan T. Evans
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Really cool Paula, love the title and PS work, nice sunset too!! great commpostion!

3/27/2004 3:11:22 PM

 
Robin L. Wehrman
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Outstanding, excellent work like this alot Paula!!

3/27/2004 3:23:33 PM

 
Colleen Braun
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I like the first one the best...

3/27/2004 4:43:37 PM

 
Carol Brill
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Amazing technique in putting this all together, Paula, and what a wonderful result!

3/27/2004 8:11:50 PM

 
Susie Peek-Swint
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Wonderful work Paula.. I like the top image best but both would be great! I have just started to work with PSP8 and hope I can get to your level -- right now when I get stuck I head back to PS!

3/30/2004 3:23:28 PM

 
Paula Showen
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Thanks Susan. I do the same thing when I'm in PS...I get stuck and head back to PSP 8!

3/30/2004 4:00:38 PM

 
Evy Johansen
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Missed this one.... WOW - Wonderful work! You have a beautiful daughter!!Many congratulations, Paula -very well deserved!

4/12/2004 12:20:33 AM

 
Stan J. Contrades
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Happy to see this one here, Paula, and am sure your daughter is even prouder for being a wonderful model! Congratulations and good luck!
Aloha,
Stan

4/12/2004 1:10:31 AM

 
Colleen Braun
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Congratulations Paula...

4/12/2004 2:43:25 AM

 
Kathleen Clemons
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Another awesome combination, Paula. Congratulations!

4/12/2004 4:30:35 AM

 
Kasia Elser
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Congrats!

4/12/2004 5:02:25 AM

 
Paula Lechten

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I missed this one, Paula. Awesome creation. Congratulations.

4/12/2004 7:55:11 AM

 
Lori Ditlefsen

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Congrats Paula!

4/12/2004 8:03:14 AM

 
Darren K. Fisher
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Congrats to you Paula.

4/12/2004 9:27:34 AM

 
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Congrats on your win and this wonderful composite image Paula!!

4/12/2004 9:46:24 AM

 
Carol Brill
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Congratulations and best of luck, Paula!

4/12/2004 9:52:06 AM

 
Karen Bacon
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Congratulations Paula!

4/12/2004 10:08:48 AM

 
Colette M. Metcalf
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Congrats, Paula!!!

4/12/2004 1:10:08 PM

 
Stephen Zacker
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Well Done. Congratulations!

4/12/2004 3:18:06 PM

 
Susie Peek-Swint
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Many congrats Paula!

4/12/2004 4:02:39 PM

 
Terry  R. Hatfield
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Hi Paula A Big Congrats To You On Your Finalist!

4/12/2004 4:21:55 PM

 
Paula Showen
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Thank you very much, everyone. I appreciate your support and encouragement!

4/12/2004 5:55:08 PM

 
Susan T. Evans
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CONGRATS ON YOUR 4 WINS PAULA, THIS IS AWESOME, GOOD LUCK ON THE NEXT ROUND.

4/12/2004 7:22:09 PM

 
Julie Turner
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Congratulations Paula! This is very beautiful.

4/12/2004 8:19:46 PM

 
Robin L. Wehrman
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Hi Paula!! Congratulations on your finalist!!!!!!!!! Robin

4/16/2004 11:36:55 AM

 
Stan J. Contrades
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Hi, Paula ... just wanted to wish you the best with this at P-U!! Good luck and best wishes on seeing this one again in the winners circle!!!
Aloha,
Stan

4/17/2004 11:41:17 PM

 
Kayleene Ball
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This is another beautiful image Paula! It is very nicely done in PSP 8 too, not done w/a heavy hand or anything.

7/30/2004 8:35:38 AM

 
Paula Showen
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Thank you so much, Kayleene! I enjoy your work as well!

7/30/2004 4:19:44 PM

 
Taylor 
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This was very clever. The one eye making that reflection looks really good. Congratulations.

1/4/2006 9:05:32 PM

 
Paula Showen
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Thank you very much, Taylor!

1/4/2006 9:50:31 PM

 
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