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Programs: Photoshop

Time: Approx 3 hours

Resources:

Girl: [link] by ~mjranum-stock

Background: [link] by ~DestroyingAngels

Tree Stump: [link] by =SkyesFantasyStock

Flower: [link] by ~SimplyBackgrounds

Brushes:

Water Droplets: [link] by *anaRasha-stock

Default Photoshop brushes.

Thank you to all of the stock providers.

I just felt good after making Rose Complexion and decided to do another manip before I go back to school tommorrow.

Again, there are a lot of things that could be improved, but I'm happy with it for now.

Comments and feedback welcomed. :heart:

Fullview! It's heaps better!
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:iconabstractnightmare:
AbstractNightmare Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007
GORGEOUS!!
Love the hair and the flower, fabulous composition!!!
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:iconsurfing-ant:
surfing-ant Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007
:aww:
Why thank you :)
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faerykisses Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2007
it's a beautiful manip, but the edges of the model, especially the hair, look hard against the BG. blurring or smuding the edges a tiny bit will help it blend. i love the concept and the water drops
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:iconsurfing-ant:
surfing-ant Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2007
yeah but then in reality, do people blend into their "scene"?
I see what you're saying and understand why.
Thanks for taking the time to comment :)
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SkyesFantasyStock Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2007
Beautiful work...Thank you for using my stock :)
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:iconsurfing-ant:
surfing-ant Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2007
Thank you, and thanks for the fave :)
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:iconpopcorn-pops:
popcorn-pops Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2007  Student Filmographer
Looks great! =MissLittlewood suggests good things, but otherwise I have nothing to add.
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:iconmjranum-stock:
mjranum-stock Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2007
Very cool! I love the way you made the light play on her leg! Great stuff!
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:iconsurfing-ant:
surfing-ant Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2007
Thanks again, and for the fave too :)
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:iconleccah:
leccah Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2007
mm, very fantasy-like. cute pose with the flower-wings.
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:iconsurfing-ant:
surfing-ant Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2007
heh yeah thansk lozz :) havent seen ya in awhile, hope lifes okay :hug:
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:iconleccah:
leccah Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2007
yeah it's going ok. bit hectic at the moment :)
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:iconm-2f:
M-2F Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2007
very nice work !! :)
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:iconsurfing-ant:
surfing-ant Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2007
Thanks so much! for the fave too :aww:
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:iconazieser:
azieser Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice work. Hope you are doing well? :)
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:iconsurfing-ant:
surfing-ant Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2007
Sure am, loving school and everything :)
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:iconazieser:
azieser Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Cool it is always nice when you like your school. :)
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:iconregentropfen:
Regentropfen Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2007
Wow. Looks great! I like the colors and the idea. ;)
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:iconsurfing-ant:
surfing-ant Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2007
Thank you :aww:
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:iconmisslittlewood:
MissLittlewood Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2007   Writer
I do like it, and i think its a great concept. The depth of field is a nice touch to bring focus, and the girl looks very well rendered into the piece. The only three things that i would work on, first of all, is like *rinkart said, You could Manip the flower to make it look like it is actually attached to her back. Maybe use the Liquify function to "mould" it into a wingy shape. Then have you tried the selective colour function? This tute can explain it better than i can [link] I found it really helps to get the whole thing more realistic looking. And finally, a very small soft blur brush around the outside of the girl always makes it seem like the render is less "Placed" On, and more blended into the background.

But I am so glad to see you manipping again. I hope that Collab will be in the making soon! :lol:
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surfing-ant Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2007
Hey my love, thank you so much for your comment.
I will be sure to check out the tut :aww:

I wanted the flower to be a flower rather than wings, that was the whole idea. you expect it to be wings, just another fairy pic, but nope it's a flower chillin out on her back hehee.

I know that blending her into the bckground a little more will make it look less like a cut out, but then the idea was that she was in focus. I gues a little more blend around the edges couldn't hurt :) I had trouble doing that in gimp but it is fine and dandy in p/s.

(Im getting CS3 tommorrow :D we already have it at school)

Collab: sure, lets take our sweet time with it though and make it a masterpiece :aww: I'll keep an eye out for to-die-for stock :)
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MissLittlewood Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2007   Writer
There are so many ways of trial and error that develops ones own style. It's little things that i found out by accident that contributes to my own style. dA helped me a lot, and browsing the Photoshop section of Stumbleupon helped me heaps too. There are so many sites out there that offer great advice and tips on manipping, that i could fill an entire page with links. I certainly would never say that my ability warrants critiquing someone else's work, but you have helped me so much in the past, i really want to return all that support.

As for the Collab, Yeah. Time is the biggest factor. It takes me a long time to compete a Manip properly. Especially important is choosing stock. Sometimes though, i see something that just jumps out at me, and i have to use it.. I would be happy with your judgement and go with whatever you find!
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surfing-ant Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2007
I usually like to do my projects all at once, my manips usually take me about 3 hours including stock-searching time ;)

but with a collab obviously i have no issues spreading that time out a lot :) The main reason i dont do a piece in small increments is because i lose the enthusiasm. working with someone else would eliminate that :)
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DestroyingAngels Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2007
very pretty
=)
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:iconrinkart:
rinkart Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2007  Professional General Artist
If you manipulated the flower a tad more it would look like wings...
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:iconsurfing-ant:
surfing-ant Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2007
yah it does resemble wings, i thought i'd go for a little less creepy look this time ;)
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:iconrinkart:
rinkart Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2007  Professional General Artist
Well creepy its not...the flower..is that one of your photos from your mum's garden?
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:iconsurfing-ant:
surfing-ant Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2007
nah it's a stock pic. I didnt even look through my own photos for that :p
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:iconrinkart:
rinkart Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2007  Professional General Artist
I am shocked, as I have had a quick peek at your porfolio pics, and a lovely collection of flowers are amongst them...
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:iconsurfing-ant:
surfing-ant Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2007
Yeah there are, but I think I like to keep them as works of art of their own, rather than ruin them by chopping them up and sticking them in my half-rate manips ;)
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:iconrinkart:
rinkart Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2007  Professional General Artist
oo 1/2 rate? I think not....creepy does not make something badly done...it is just another artistic form..
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:iconsurfing-ant:
surfing-ant Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2007
lol thanks
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