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Flutter by Butterfly - Leaves in the Breeze
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Flutter by Butterfly - Leaves in the Breeze
Flutter by Butterfly - Leaves in the Breeze
The antennae is from a stem, the body is the edge of a leaf that I mirrored then made thinner, the wings are two leaves and the sky is from a separate photo. For the shadow of the underlying wings, I made the top two wings into one layer, then did the same for the bottom wings, next I used the magic wand around the bottom wings, inverted my selection then selected the top wings layer, copied and pasted, then selected around and inverted selection on the new layer, painted the selection black and reduced the Fill opacity to 10 percent.
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Stefan G
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    Very original idea and perfect execution! I love it!

7/1/2005 8:07:33 PM

 
Kay E. Mahoney
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Neat picture Brian. Love it.

7/1/2005 8:08:32 PM

 
Laura E. OConnor
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Is that all??? You lost me! GREAT outcome for all your hard work, Brian! LOVE this!

7/1/2005 8:37:24 PM

 
Colette M. Metcalf
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Very nice image, Brian!!

7/1/2005 8:42:52 PM

 
Ellen Peach
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Great job on this, Brian!

7/1/2005 9:12:28 PM

 
Maverick Creatives
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Talk about results, wow, this is so unique it's why digital photography is an ART ! Great work.

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Gary

7/1/2005 9:40:34 PM

 
Brian D. Watters
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Thanks for the nice comments folks.
Grin... Laura, I guess what I was saying about how I got the shadow from the bottom wings to appear visible through the top wings, to emulate the sunlight coming through was this.
Basically, what I mentioned in the description allowed me to make a black filled shape of the part of the bottom wings that isn't visible in the image, and make it transparent enough so that it looked like a faint shadow on the top wings. :)
I've added some visual steps below to show you the process I used.
Hope that helps. :)
Brian

7/1/2005 9:41:13 PM

 
Brian D. Watters
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  How To Image 1
How To Image 1
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  How To Image 2
How To Image 2
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  How Two Image 3
How Two Image 3
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Oops, didn't get to add my images. Please check below now. :)
Brian

7/1/2005 9:42:41 PM

 
Amanda Price
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SO cool, Brian! You rock!

7/2/2005 12:48:15 AM

 
Laura E. OConnor
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Amanda, I agree...Brian, You rock! Thanks SO much for the visual aid! NOW I get it!! Thanks :O)

7/2/2005 7:08:03 AM

 
Mata Patan
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WONDERFUL!!!!

7/19/2005 12:23:20 AM

 
Susana Heide
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BRILLIANT work Brian!!

8/7/2005 12:40:37 PM

 
Kay E. Mahoney
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Congratulations Brian. Good luck in the next round.

8/20/2005 8:41:14 PM

 
S  J
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Congratulations on this beautiful finalist, Brian!!

8/21/2005 7:52:14 AM

 
Wendy Stevenson
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Congratulations on this GREAT finalist Brian!!

8/21/2005 7:22:44 PM

 
Mata Patan
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I told you it was wonderful!! Many congratulations!!!

8/22/2005 9:04:29 AM

 
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