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Rectangle for selective emphasis. Background desaturated with gradient. Levels and sharpness enhanced in Photoshop Elements 5.0.

Flower Garden in Washington, CT
© Sheila R. Silvernail
Olympus Evolt E510...

Carolyn J. Connolly
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    This is certainly a creative AND striking image, Sheila!! Very nicely seen, taken, edited AND presented!! I like your choice of camera, too - I have an E-510 and really like it a lot!! How do you like yours so far? :o)

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5/18/2008 6:58:08 PM

Sheila R. Silvernail
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/9/2008

Many thanks. I especially appreciate your comments presented as a critique as well as a compliment. The idea was for presentation, to crop without actually cropping. I like the Olympus E-510 and my first Olympus E-300 was great. They both have a lot of nice features I've yet to learn.

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5/19/2008 7:07:04 PM

Sherry King  

Sheila, I love the effect! While I have an idea of what you did, would you mind sharing your process? -- Thank you.

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6/11/2008 3:38:03 PM

Sheila R. Silvernail
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/9/2008

Of course, I'd be happy to share the process. I did this in Photoshop Elements. Change your original background to a layer then duplicate it. Create a new blank layer and move it between the duplicates. On the blank layer create a rectangular selection and add a drop shadow from layer styles. Clip the top duplicate layer to the new layer with the rectangle. Then on the original layer, desaturate and make any desired adjustments. The blank layer with the rectangle acts as a mask and by "clipping" the top layer to the masking layer, it doesn't affect the bottom layer. Try experimenting with variations on the process. Let me know if you want additional instructions.

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6/12/2008 10:50:08 AM

Sherry King  

Wow! That sounds so simple. I will giving it a try this weekend. Thank you.

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6/12/2008 7:01:25 PM

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