Saturday, March 1, 2014

Caturday Cat Art & Sunday Teaser


Sometimes it's fun to combine 2 different subjects into one photo.

Had this been an actual photo, how long do you think the poor budgie would last, perched on Faraday's head?


I do this type of thing often in my "real" job, inserting an object into a completely different background. I use Photoshop for this.

Here are the two original photos that were combined into 4 layers to create the above image:


Photo courtesy cuatrok77 via Flickr Creative Commons

I used the lasso tool to select both Faraday and the bird and to copy them, "clean," into fresh layers. Then I color corrected them to make them look a bit more like they were lit from the same source, same color temperature. (I did not spend much time on this and could have made it look more realistic if I'd had the time)

Then I copied the branch onto a third layer, rotated it so Faraday could "sit" on it, and expanded the out of focus foliage in the background to cover.

I used the clone brush to extend the foliage where needed.

Tomorrow's teaser!

How many of you saw the #SingitKitty ad that Glogirly found yesterday? We were so captivated by it!

And as a producer/director by trade, I was curious what agency created the spot, so I did a little sleuthing. Just wait til you see what we found!!
 
(uh, yeah, you're gonna have to wait. For realz!  ;-)

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24 comments:

  1. That was pretty awesome for "not spending much time" on it!

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  2. Good heavens. If that was a real sized budgie on Faraday's head, we'll be VERY worried....and scared. ;)

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    1. MOL! Yeah that budgies about twice it's REAL size, proportionally, isn't it! ;-) We needed to give it a "leg up" so it can hold its own against The Brat!

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  3. Pawsome! Yoor mommy is really smart isn't she? very cool to be able to know how to do dat....So what do yoo all REALLY look like hmmm?

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  4. Awww... and there I was, thinkin' Faraday had a new pal. MOUSES!

    Purrs,
    Nissy

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  5. Well done! I keep telling myself I'll make an effort to learn some photo-editing techniques, but I never do.

    I didn't realize Alllie has been so sick, post-dental. Surely not from that alone? Both boys have had multiple extractions (8 and 9 teeth) and even angel Annie had 3 with no problems. Maybe she picked up a nasty strain of bug at the clinic...I can't help but think that's what happened with Nicki, just from his regular appt on Feb 7th. I can't see any other way he got so sick.

    I get my FortiFlora on-line, from HealthyPets.com, in boxes of 3. Almost half the cost of getting it here in Canada (vet only here, as far as I know), even with shipping from the U.S.

    I hope Allie's on the mend now too. For two weeks I've been up with one or both of them through the night, in the steamy bathroom to help them breathe, 4 vet visits (one ER for Nicki), chest x-rays, etc. Whatever this strain is, it's nasty.

    Purrs from the boys and universal Light from me!

    Kim, Nicki and Derry

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    1. Thanks for the purrs, Kim, and we send Nicki all our healing purrs as well! It sounds like your February has been as bad as ours. ER? Check. Infections? Check. Plus a total of 8 teeth extracted between all 3 kitties. Let us just say we gave the month of March a very warm and heartfelt welcome!!

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  6. I need to spend some more time with photoshop. I took a class last fall.. I just don't tend to think about doing it..

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  7. That looks incredibly realistic...it's good to see the two original photos and how you combined them. Happy Caturday!

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  8. That is just awesome, what fun!

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  9. Oh goodness how terrific. You make it sound so easy peasy. I have photoshop and everytime I try to even figure how to do "layers" I mess myself up. Love what you did.

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  10. That was fun art and a great teaser too!

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  11. That is a great effect. I wish I could use photoshop but I just confuse myself.

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  12. How very cool. It would have taken TW a week to do that is that if she only left the computer for bathroom and dinner breaks.

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  13. How fun! We think Faraday would have had a tasty snack if that had been real.

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  14. I think a birdie that big mighta eaten Faraday! We enjoyed reading about how it was done. The Human knows how to do some of that stuff, but she is always in a hurry and never spends enough time to make it look really good like your mom does.

    We went and watched that ad, and it was kinda fun, but after watching it we confess we had ZERO idea what it was an ad for! (We should prolly go read Glogirly's post and we could figure it out. But if you have to go read something to figure out what an ad is for, it seems like it is pretty much a fail!)

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    1. That's the danger in my industry, yes. We need to be careful not to be so "clever" that we lose sight of the mission: to increase awareness for the client. Check back tomorrow. The agency that produced #singitkitty is not the same as what you'll see tomorrow. ;-) And that's all the hint you'll get!

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  15. Oooohhh!!! can't wait until tomorrow's post!!!
    I bet it's gonna be cool!

    ...thanx for the shout out! We did have to read to fnd out what the company was that sponsored the #SingItKitty ad. It might be more obvious it we lived in the UK, but not sure. ; )

    Kind of like the Cat Herding commercial. LOVED it...but couldn't tell you who or what it was for.

    ; )

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  16. Oh! We forgot to ask...are you using the magnetic lasso tool?
    ...you say you did this in a hurry, but the cutout of Faraday looks pretty perfect to us!!

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  17. That looks amazing!

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

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  18. Very nice! Especially for not spending too much time on it. No real bird would DARE land on the mighty Faraday!

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  19. This is cute, that's about all I have to say, not a fan of photo shop or any other kind of photo correction/enhancement just love pure photography period! Don't need all that shit and distraction! :P

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