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Charity_Reed
02-21-2008, 03:11 AM
I have attached two layouts that I am thinking of entering into our March print comp. I do not enter the print comp very often, although I know I should. So I am going to try to enter more this year.

Advice is welcomed. But be gentle, I am still new to this.

Thanks so much,
Charity

Charity_Reed
02-21-2008, 03:11 AM
Forgot to mention the titles.

One of flower is
"Lily's Treasure"

Bride & Groom is
"The new Mr & Mrs."

Thanks again.
C

JohnMalboeuf
02-21-2008, 03:33 AM
Mark Levesque put together a thread on how to post larger images. These are hard to view.

Go to this thread for instructions.
http://ourppa.com/forums/showthread.php?t=10284

I like "Lily's Treasure"

John

Dave_Cisco
02-21-2008, 04:02 AM
Try putting the first one on a black background....the light one is not good for that image.

D._Craig_Flory
02-21-2008, 02:57 PM
Hi Charity;

I like the 1st one but not the 2nd. Dave is correct about the background layer. I'd also change to a vertical presentation. I'd knock down the density in some areas and up the yellow saturation on the top petals. Here is how I see it being presented. I call my version "Commitment" in case you are also looking for a title.

http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i93/DC47/Commitment.jpg

Cheri_MacCallum
02-21-2008, 04:34 PM
On the image of the rings, I would like to see it not cropped at the point of the petal on viewer's left. It's a little distracting to me. Give the petal some room. I would also suggest cropping a little higer into the flower on the bottom to crop out the white surface the flowers are on. You have a mix of keys there and that's distracting, the surface is white and the background is black.

On the wedding couple, there's no light on the couple themselves. You can try to manipulate this, but I'm afraid it would be apparant that it was a "fix". The rings/flowers image is the stronger of the two.

Charity_Reed
02-21-2008, 09:33 PM
Thank you so much for the advice. Can I just tell you. The very first time I designed up the ring image I used a black background and was told by a Master Photographer in my local PPA group that black would not be the best choice. They suggested the current color, which I never liked.

So I am glad to hear that everyone else liked the black better. I really liked how Craig changed it. So I am going to give that a try myself in PS.

I will nix the bride & groom. No matter how many times I try that one no one likes it as much as me. I think I just like it because the bride & groom were so much fun!!! Had a blast with them.

Gonna have to dig into my stash and see what else I can come with to enter

Thanks again. I will post my revised edition of the flowers after I get a chance to redo them.

Dave_Cisco
02-21-2008, 10:13 PM
The very first time I designed up the ring image I used a black background and was told by a Master Photographer in my local PPA group that black would not be the best choice. They suggested the current color, which I never liked.



That is part of the process.:) Ask as many people as you can, average the answers, then do what you want to do.:D

Charity_Reed
02-21-2008, 10:34 PM
Ok, Tried to rework Lily's Treasure.

I uploaded it to Photobucket. So it can be viewed larger. Below is the link.

http://s267.photobucket.com/albums/ii298/charitytol/Print%20Competition/

Let me know what you think of it now.

Thanks
C

Cheri_MacCallum
02-21-2008, 10:55 PM
So I am glad to hear that everyone else liked the black better. I really liked how Craig changed it. So I am going to give that a try myself in PS.

If you use black as the background you have to be REAL sure, there are blacks, just as black as the background otherwise it will make your image look underexposed even if it's not. I actually like the yellow color better, just maybe add a texture sot it's not flat!

Charity_Reed
02-21-2008, 11:24 PM
What type of texture do you suggest?

I have never done this. Would you do it under the blending options, textures, then load the texture you want? Guess I would need to go find some on the net.

This is getting interesting. Thanks,
C

KristiSanger
02-21-2008, 11:32 PM
Ok, Tried to rework Lily's Treasure.

I uploaded it to Photobucket. So it can be viewed larger. Below is the link.

http://s267.photobucket.com/albums/ii298/charitytol/Print%20Competition/

Let me know what you think of it now.

Thanks
C

Charity,

Reed was my maiden name:p. Anyways if you want to post the actual image on the forum instead of the link you can got into photobucket and click on the img code box(last box) and paste it directly to your thread. Like this:

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii298/charitytol/Print%20Competition/Lilyweb.jpg

Sorry I can't help you on the comp images question. I have never entered myself.

Teya_Rutherford
02-21-2008, 11:46 PM
when i was looking at the last post the image cut off so that it was the vertical image on a horizontal mat...I liked it a lot.

Cheri_MacCallum
02-22-2008, 12:16 AM
What type of texture do you suggest?

I have never done this. Would you do it under the blending options, textures, then load the texture you want? Guess I would need to go find some on the net.

This is getting interesting. Thanks,

You would just use a texture image that you've taken or gotten off the web...I used dirt a lot. You put it on the image as a layer and change the blending options to suit. I usually use "overlay".

To see examples of this here are a few of my comp images.
http://ourppa.com/forums/showthread.php?t=10227
http://ourppa.com/forums/showthread.php?t=10180

Charity_Reed
02-23-2008, 04:40 AM
Cheri,

Thanks so much. After viewing your images I understand what your talking about now. They were AWESOME to say the least.

I am going to play around with some textures and see what I come up with.

Thank you so very much for all your help.

C

Cheri_MacCallum
02-23-2008, 04:58 AM
Thanks Charity,
It's fun playing around with textures. It can totally change the feel of an image. I actually use it a lot in my paintings as well. Good luck!!!