Flying Selection Kitty

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This wonderful masterpiece was a product of photoshop and a few simple selections, layers, and masks. I took a page from the book of one of my earlier posts about creating a kitschy 80’s poster to create this glorious flying kitty. I started out with a photo of a cat, selected it using a quick mask, and refined the edge to get as good of a selection as possible. I then found a picture of a hawk, and cut out the wings. I placed them on the kitty and used the transform tool to size them and rotate them appropriately. I then used a mask to blend in the feathers from the wings with the fur from the cat. Finally, I placed an adjustment layer on the wings to make them the same color scheme as the fur. Once I finished the kitty, I placed him on a colorful pink sunset field background. I found a picture of a nebula and used a mask to carefully overlay that in the sky, then covered the areas like the tress and field with the mask so there wouldn’t be stars in inappropriate places. After all of this I used adjustment layers like curves, hue/saturation, and brightness/contrast to get the lighting you see. It didn’t take that long and was fun to do!

Cheetah Fabric

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I found this off a cool website (which I can’t remember right now) that had fabrics you can order from a number of really great companies and artists. I really like the design of this, it has a great color scheme and the subject matter is more interesting than it would be if it simply depicted a floral pattern. It looks like it may have been done by hand, at least initially, but to create the fabric, scanning it into the computer and making an image that way would have made the whole process much simpler, so I can’t help but think that is what they have done. If I were to do this, I would scan a hand-drawn image in and trace it with the pen tool. I’d create shapes using the various geometric tools to make the flowers and fill them and leave the stroke off to create the look they have here. I’d play around with the different design elements and find the most visibly pleasing configuration possible and then call it a day!

Filter & Effect Kitty

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This is the practice we did today using the blending effects, selection tool, and layers. We were instructed to create a piece using a photo and to incorporate selections, filters, and gradients. Mine was pretty fun, I used the selection tool to select the kitty and create a shadow by filling the selection with a grey to transparent gradient and transforming it. Then I selected the kitty again and edited the selection in quick mask mode using the mosaic filter to create the square effect. I did this a few times, getting larger each time, then filled each selection with the same gradient at different angles. Finally, I used the vertical type tool to write “meow” and put a white outer glow on it and made the actual type transparent.

Selection Kitty

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This is my selection practice I did using the quick mask tool and refine edge function in photoshop. This adorable little kitten was on a white background..that combined with the fact that it’s so fluffy, equals a very tough time trying to select just the little kitty. But using the quick mask tool, I was able to carefully paint in as much detail as possible, then used the refine selection menu and adjusted the smart radius and feather functions so that I got a pretty good edge for a selection I only spent 5 minutes on.