Recently my father has randomly walked up to me and asked me to make him some things for no truely apparant reason. First he wanted a picture of my mule jumping over the moon I had to reconstruct part of the mule (lower half of the body and part of the leg), since this was taken in a mule jump and the mule was on the other side of the jump, and was blocked by the pole, stand, etc. I was fairly pleased that I got the reconstructed parts to match "fairly" well.
Then, just the other day, he asked me to put him and his mule at this picture of a lake, so I did I tried to match the shadows etc to the base photo, dunno if it turned out so good tho :(
I have no idea in the world why I asked to make these, but I may as well learn from it. I was curious, first off, what you all think, and secondly, some tips on how to better match two pictures to make them look like one. The second photo there looks a little bit too "cut & paste" to me. I don't know if maybe a defringe or something like that would have been better or what to do, but I just don't like the way that turned out. Any suggestions?
Steakboy - Resident N00b at Large . . . . -
the re-contruction of the first one is great. i didn't notice you had until i read you did.
the second one may look so copy/paste because the bright/contrast seems different. thats what it looks like to me, anyway.
Keep them coming, photomanipulation is fun! \o/ and try to lower the contrast on the mule in the second picture, that might help.
Yeah, the mule is too bright, while the background is dim.
theres an outline around them in the second one
It's a bit out of perspective too, maybe decreasing the size of the mule and you father?
Your croppings are too sharp and choppy, and your dad looks like Paul Bunyan. ;)
I'd give the dude and mule the old lasso treatment, then increase the contrast on the forest behind them--and/or sharpen it as well. Fragger's right about the choppy border on the first one too. I'd add a lot of shading to this one, seeing how he's in space, and have it match the shadow of the moon.
Voice of joy and sunshine
26th May 2003
Use a quick mask and a brush set to a much lower hardness (20-50% most of the time) to cut out the images, it makes for a much nicer edge.
yah, first pic is all around shotty (besides the fact I liked my reconstruction), I wasn't in the mood that day, and that pic is blown up for some reason from what the print is, which it looks decent on besides the lack of shading. There's a lot more darks on the actual print for some reason :confused:
Besides the line outside the second one, I think my biggest problem with it was the quality of our digital pic is too good compared to the photo. maybe lowering resolution on it, or like you said, lowering the saturation on it to make it blend in better.