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NAPP Battle Week 209

It has been a very long time since I’ve had a chance to do a NAPP battle – in fact looking back at my blog posts to find out how long I realized the last two I did are not posted so I will put them at the end of this posting.

The idea with the NAPP Battles is to take a common starter image and modify it to create a new image/composite.

The starting image for this week is to the right – I decided to try to make her look less gloomy…

Girl

And now for the previous two battles I did…

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NAPP Battle Week 141

Here is this weeks starting image.

There were some really great images this week on NAPP and that made it a bit harder to think out of the box and come up with something different. Here is what I eventually came up with.

Robot and Locks

Click on the image for a larger version.

NAPP Battle Week 140

Here is the starting image for this week.

I played around with the new image clone source in CS4 which only shows the overlay from the source you are cloning in the brush area… Using another image from stockexchange I came up with this while working on my laptop last night…

NAPP Battles 136-139

I’m behind again on my NAPP Battles… Life has been calling me away from playing… 🙁

I received my Adobe Master Collection CS4 on Thursday and did up the install while fighting the onset of what turned out to be a migraine that decided to try to last 2.5 days… Still not feeling well on Saturday I figured playing around with the Battle images I have missed recently would be a great way to test Photoshop CS4 out with out taxing the head too strenuously…

First thing noted from playing with Photoshop CS4… my ATI x850 isn’t going to cut it for the video card requirements so now trying to decide between just upgrading the video card and hanging on this system for another 9 months or so or plunging now into building a new system… at this point I’m leaning toward the video card since even though my system is 5 yrs old the bottleneck seems to be the video card not the cpu…

Anyway… On to the Battle Images for weeks 136-139 in order:
Battle Image Week 136 Battle Image Week 137Battle Image Week 138Battle Image Week 139

And my composite… just a fun little image…

Small lesson learned… some of the shortcuts have moved around.
load luminosity as a selection is no longer CTRL-ALT-~ it is now CTRL-ALT-2… drove me nuts trying to figure that one out…

And a neat new feature – you can now employ perspective and shear transforms to smart objects – this was done to make the raft out of the image for week 138.