The Great Turtle and The World Tree - created by Irse


The Great Turtle and The World Tree
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(3 years and 319 days ago)

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avatar CMYK46
CMYK46 says:

This would be a fine image if you took the time to fix the jagged edges on the turtle. Using the magic wand tool is rarely the best way to isolate an image. The pen or lasso tool set to 1 pixel feather creates clean edges that are not too sharp.

author says:

I assume you are referring to the front flippers and the two upper divots on the rear flipper and maybe a little touch up on the bottom rear edge of the forest. Yes, I used magic wand on them because, well, it's Sunday morning and I didn't feel like working hard . Just couldn't let me get away with a lazy chop could ya' Bob? LOL...Thanks for the feedback... I'll go back and play with it a little later and clean it up, so hold your vote.

(3 years and 319 days ago)


CMYK46 says:

Actually it's all the edges. Some are worse than others.

(3 years and 319 days ago)


author says:

Alright, that's as clean as I can do it. That pic is actually not nearly as clean as it looked....lots of bleed over, especially along the back once you start looking at it in zoomed in high res.

(3 years and 319 days ago)


avatar CMYK46
CMYK46 says:

Much better. See, it was worth it!

author says:

LOL...I appreciate the feedback...nice to have someone push you to work a little harder. Now we will see what the score says...

(3 years and 319 days ago)


author says:

Also, a little tip with the pen tool. I have found that once I complete my path, if I load it as a selection and then contract the selection by 3 pixels, I seem to get a cleaner cutout.

(3 years and 319 days ago)


Depending on the size you're working 3pxls might be a bit too much at a lower resolution like 72pxl. At 200pxl I find a max of 2pxls with contract works, I also use refine edge to smooth out the selection, usually set at smooth-2. Also using layer mask is more forgiving since you can go back and change your silo where needed.

(3 years and 319 days ago)


avatar spaceranger

I like the image very much, a little clean up on the edges would help as Bob suggests.
I agree that the pen tool is theoretically the best way to select an image since it's math based and not pixel based. However there are some images that can be silhouetted much faster and just as smooth with the proper use of the magic wand. I did just that with this source image using the magic wand with layer mask and got a clean accurate silhouette in less than five minutes.

My first job as an artist involved silhouetting B&W photos for catalogs with white paint and brush (no Photoshop in those days). I still use the same technique in Photoshop for much of the silo work, I can work faster than using the pen tool. I don't recommend that for everyone, it's just my experience that makes it easier for me.

If anyone is just starting out with Photoshop take the time to learn the pen tool, it is the best way to make selections once you've mastered it.

This tutorial is a big help: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bJSWni7Huw
You'll find others on youtube that are also good.

avatar robvdn
robvdn says:

Good work, good idea... I just do not like the border and the white space, you might want to think that over. But in the end it should be your work, so it's up to you

author says:

I tried to upload as a png-24 with an alpha channel to eliminate the circle in the square, but apparently the site will not display it correctly. I stand by the round border though because I think it frames the image nicely. There are curves all throughout the piece and the frame goes with that.

(3 years and 319 days ago)


avatar Drivenslush

Morla? hehehe

avatar artgirl1935

Actually, if this guy is flying, perhaps some motion blur is needed rather than all the very sharp edges. Just an idea, for I love your overall idea.

author says:

My thought on that was that he would be very, very large, so not much speed...no speed, no blur

(3 years and 306 days ago)


avatar George55
George55 says:

Congratulations.

avatar Drivenslush

Congrats!

avatar spaceranger

Congrats Ron!

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