Picking up the pieces

© Brian D. Watters

Picking up the pieces

S J 12/12/2004 12:05:18 AM

Splendid shot, Brian! Very very creative! #195849

Rob Bishop 12/12/2004 12:20:32 AM

Very creative, and excellent execution of the idea. Nice work, Brian! #966967

Tracy D. Siermachesky 12/12/2004 12:25:38 AM

Amazing work, Brian. How very creative, and well done. #966974

Phil Sauvey 12/12/2004 10:00:52 AM


Excellent photograph! Very creative and original. Wonderful detail and excellent work!!! #967751

Roseann E. Dreasher 12/12/2004 12:00:57 PM

Fun!! Great PS work!! #967917

Judy S. Fung 12/14/2004 4:39:34 PM

Terrific image and excellent work, Brian! Very creative! #971989

Brian D. Watters 12/14/2004 4:56:11 PM

Thanks! just a note on the shadows. I duplicated my cut out layers, then used the magic wand to select all the ares around one, inverted the selection and hit delete. Then I used the paint bucket to fill the void with black, reduced the opacity of the layer, then used Photo-shops Gaussian Blur filter, and finally used Photo-shops Transform > Distort utility to give a distorted perspective.
For the puzzle piece cutout, I used photo-shops Layer Style, Bevel, then created a new empty layer, linked the empty layer with the puzzle piece layer and merged linked layers to turn off or lock the layer style. Then I used the rotate and again the distort to line it up between my fingers. Applied the same shadow technique for the puzzle too.
I've included the original file below if anyone wants a peek. #972017

Kip T. Berger 12/14/2004 4:58:25 PM

Nicely done Brian! Very cool idea! #972020

S J 1/18/2005 6:34:53 AM

Congratulations on this one of the most outstanding finalist, Brian!! I must admit that this is one of the best and creative work I've seen!! Good luck in the next round of judging!! #1042646

Lori Ditlefsen 1/18/2005 8:55:52 AM

Cool! Very creative! Congrats! #1043622

Brian D. Watters 1/18/2005 12:39:42 PM

Thank you for your encouraging thoughts and words. I'm keeping my fingers crosses. :)
Brian #1044635

Wendy Stevenson 1/18/2005 4:09:04 PM

GREAT to see this here Brian - best of luck to you in the next round!!! #1045447

Judy S. Fung 1/18/2005 4:39:27 PM

Congrats, Brian! #1045536

Kristi A. Howson 1/18/2005 6:55:54 PM

Congratulations Brian...fantastic!!!!! #1046243

S J 1/20/2005 1:53:34 AM

Many CONGRATULATIONS on your second place win, Brian!!! #1049542

Judy S. Fung 1/20/2005 2:15:29 AM

Congrats on your second place win, Brian! #1049604

Wendy Stevenson 1/20/2005 6:08:06 AM

A big congratulations on your win Brian - I love that imagination of yours!!! #1050439

Dolores Neilson 1/20/2005 6:45:17 AM

You know how I feel about this one! SUperb!! Big congrats, Brian!! What tool do you use to cut?? And do you use a 2 or 3 feather with the selection tool??? I don't cut well...not sure what I'm doing. #1050601

Cathy Stancil 1/20/2005 8:03:05 AM

Congratulations Brian ! This is such an amazing shot ! #1050977

Audrea Telkamp 1/20/2005 8:25:56 AM

Congratulations Brian!!!! Excellent PS work!!!! #1051102

Kip T. Berger 1/20/2005 11:36:34 PM

Congrats Brian for this well thought out piece! #1052665

Leonard Pierce 1/23/2005 6:14:08 PM

Congratulations on your Second Place win Brian!!! #1058940

Andrew Laverghetta 2/9/2005 10:39:40 PM

Ok, this is hard to put into type, but if you're a car guy and you see a nice clean Mercedes or something that's like a glossy black and you say, "That's niiiiiiccce," that's kinda what I'm thinking right now. Great job! #1094790

Kymm C. Gardner 6/16/2005 6:46:55 PM

What an amazing, creative mind you have! #1479321

Brian D. Watters 6/16/2005 6:51:11 PM

It might just be the Meds...
Thank you very much, I sure don't feel creative sometimes, but usually just tinker around in photoshop to relax. Sometimes I kind of see something starting and run with it. But it always feels really good when I get nice comments like your.
Thanks Again.
Brian #1479338

Susana Ms Heide 8/7/2005 12:45:42 PM

This is the first time I come across this photo and it's AWESOME! I've been staring at it for some time and everything is just perfect right down to the gap of the puzzle showing in the shadow of the subject! This is creative beyond words! Love the title also! Would be a great photo for a magazine article about relationship break-ups :o) #1688337

Brian D. Watters 8/7/2005 2:03:13 PM

Grin... Thanks Susana, Funny you say that, but a Polish Digital Photo magazine contacted me about featuring it in a full page display, with write-up on how I created it and my Bio. I was hoping they might offer to pay me, but they offered 12 months free subscription and a couple copies of the one they printed. Alas, they starving artist continues to starve, but now has a new incentive to learn how to read the polish language. :) #1688542

Susana Ms Heide 8/7/2005 2:35:23 PM

LOL!! Congratulations on this "sale"! It's an accomplishment even if you're not getting cash for it. Good luck with your polish :o) #1688661

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