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Shelley
10-12-2011, 4:00pm
I would love to use the outline of one of my raptors in my watermark. I want to basically have a transparent outline effect. Can anyone point me to a tutorial or something? I usually can work it out from there.

Thanks for any help - I will check this thread later as I am now out the door birding - first bit of sunshine for a while. :)

ricktas
10-12-2011, 4:30pm
Yeah, you can. Just use my watermark brush tutorial in the tutorials thread. Note that you will need to do a bit of work on the original photo to get it to the outline effect.

I tried this, but found that it did not work on some photos, so be prepared to not like the end result on some of your photos

Damo77
13-12-2011, 6:14am
Hi Shelley, may we see the photo? We'll be able to give better advice.

Shelley
13-12-2011, 8:21am
Hi Shelley, may we see the photo? We'll be able to give better advice.

Thanks, this is a shot I am considering - please forgive the actual darkness, but I am only interested in the outline. Appreciate any help - thanks.

Damo77
13-12-2011, 8:28am
Great shot!

What's your intention? Do you just want to remove the blue sky, so that the bird is by itself, ready to place on an image?

Or do you want a black-on-white silhouette of the bird?

Shelley
13-12-2011, 8:31am
Just select the bird itself - which I can do - make the bird one colour, then try to make it transparent - then would have it with my name on my watermark. Does that make sense?

Damo77
13-12-2011, 8:36am
Like this?

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(Just added it to a random photo of my son as an example)

Shelley
13-12-2011, 8:39am
Yes - can I get rid of the detail out of bird itself?, probably not hey. That looks good, I of course would adjust size accordingly. Appreciate your input - nice random shot of your son :)

Damo77
13-12-2011, 8:42am
Yes - can I get rid of the detail out of bird itself?
Sorry, could you explain your question a bit further?

Shelley
13-12-2011, 8:56am
Sorry, just the outline of the bird with no visible detail of feathers etc., such as colour in the feathers- Richard Hall's watermark just has the outline of a wren.

Just talking with you I am thinking if I select the bird, then fill the bird with a solid colour and then fiddle with the opacity. I am using cs5.

Thanks so much for your help.

Damo77
13-12-2011, 8:57am
So, you DO want a silhouette then? Per my original question?

Damo77
13-12-2011, 8:58am
I am thinking if I select the bird, then fill the bird with a solid colour and then fiddle with the opacity. I am using cs5.
Yep, that's how I'd do it.

Damo77
13-12-2011, 9:00am
Don't waste your time painstakingly painting. Just add a Channel Mixer adjustment layer, click the "Monochrome" checkbox, and use 0% red, 0% green, 100% blue. Then add a Levels layer and use the values 230, 1.00, 240. Done!

Shelley
13-12-2011, 9:15am
Don't waste your time painstakingly painting. Just add a Channel Mixer adjustment layer, click the "Monochrome" checkbox, and use 0% red, 0% green, 100% blue. Then add a Levels layer and use the values 230, 1.00, 240. Done!

Thank you, thank you so much, I have been wanting to do this for ages. Solved just in time for before I go to work - will work on it later. :christmasparty::efelant: Have a nice day.

Richard Hall
15-12-2011, 6:39pm
Just noticed this thread. Here's a quickly knocked together outline that I created as a vector (scalable) image and output as a .PNG for you, Shelley. The background is transparent so you can just drag it onto a layer in Photoshop, resize it and change its transparency as you like. :)

http://www.richardhallphotography.com/images/misc/Shelley%27s%20Osprey_v1.png

edit: There's a couple of rough edges I should tidy up and I realise I've missed the gaps between its legs and talons... I'll fix it up!

Richard Hall
15-12-2011, 7:01pm
Here's an updated version...

http://www.richardhallphotography.com/images/misc/Shelley%27s%20Osprey_v2.png

Richard Hall
15-12-2011, 11:46pm
Oh, I forgot to mention. If you want to change the bird's colour, I find the easiest way is by using the layer style, colour overlay.

Double click on the layer to bring up the layer style options. Pick colour overlay, then change the colour to whatever you'd like. :)

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Shelley
16-12-2011, 7:44pm
Hey, thanks Rich - appreciate that. Looks good - you are clever. :)

Richard Hall
16-12-2011, 8:20pm
No probs Shelley, I find it easier to create a vector image than it is to mess about in Photoshop trying to make a nice silhouette from a photo. The added bonus is you can scale it to whatever size you like with no loss of quality... unlike a bitmap image in PS. :)

PS: I tried the above design as a signature stamp on a photo... it looks cool Shelley, a good photo for the design! :)

Shelley
16-12-2011, 8:26pm
Thanks again Rich, glad you like :)