Joan Field, APSA  

Lion Turning by Joan Field, APSA

September 2021 - Lion Turning

September 2021 - Joan Field, APSA


About the Image(s)

I had taken a course wit Matt Kloskowski on the use of textures for background for busy background pictures. The lion was taken at the San Francisco zoo many years ago. He looked like a good subject. The texture I made from a Palouse photo, which was blurred extensively in Gaussian blur in PS. I sized the background texture and copied it to the lion photo, making sue that it fit properly using the Transform tool, by holding down the control key and pulling on the corners. I then created a mask on the same layer as the background. The lion was first extracted from the BG using Select Subject. The selection was pretty bad so I had t odd a lot of corrections to get a reasonable selection. The selection was attached to the mask holding down the Option key so that the lion showed up in the mask. It should look like a lion with the background. Then it was necessary, highlighting the mask, to go to the brush tool, using very large, soft and touch the edges of the lion at about a 30- 40% opacity with the edge of the brush. It gave a soft transition between the lion and the background, which was necessary to avoid the feel of pasting something in. Matt suggested keeping in some of the ground to keep the images from appearing to float in the frame. You can buy ready-made textures, but our Council l does not allow anyone else's work, so I made my own. If you want more information, go to his website.

4 comments posted

Stuart Caine   Stuart Caine
(Group 42)
You did an excellent job on this image, I like it.   Posted: 09/09/2021 14:34:49

Brian Swinyard   Brian Swinyard
Joan, I like the initial concept of what you were trying to achieve. Clearly, the digital process involved was a labour of love. I warm to the idea of a lion floating on the clouds and the notion that it was staring down through the clouds at the world beneath. It looked pretty tricky to achieve a seamless selection around the lion's mane and and tail. I would prefer not to keep any of the ground beneath the lion's paws but to have it walking through wispy clouds. I love the colours of the background.   Posted: 09/10/2021 13:17:27
Joan Field   Joan Field
Thanks, Brian,
The instructor felt that having a grounding for the animal was important, but you may be right about the floating above it all.   Posted: 09/13/2021 13:19:33

Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Joan, Brian's comment left me with little to add. Your statement about Matt K's concept highlights Matt's failure to give precedence to the artist's choice. It is my personal policy when I am commenting on an image, to explain how to improve the image, while retaining the artist's vision. In the case of your image I might point out an inconsistency, such as is the lion on the ground or in the clouds. etc. Having said that, if you pull out my fingernails to force me to make a choice, I would prefer the clouds.   Posted: 09/17/2021 19:30:40


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