Wednesday, April 29, 2009

gwennie2006 | beachday2


This is for the Fix My Pic • Please Teach Me group
from an awesome original by Radiance of lighttitled, untitled

For the Need help with adding drama discussion:

Here is a link to the original from Radiance of Light:

The first thing I did was pull down a guideline and use the distort function to correct the horizon in the photo. This is described in,
Lesson 3A: Distion Techniques
Lesson 3A: Distortion Techniques Lesson 3A: Distortion Techniques Lesson 3A: Distortion Techniques Lesson 3A: Distortion Techniques Lesson3A: Distortion Techniques

Once I had things level, I worked on the color levels. This is found in, Image>adjustment>levels. I opened the Red, then the green, then the blue channels, and pulled the arrows in on the outside edges, until it hit the histogram...
Large screen cap

Once I leveled the colors, I added some red to the fore ground using the lasso tool to make a soft selection. I added clouds from this image, as well as the ocean to help add color:

I just used a portion, and stretched it a bunch with the scale tool. By only scaling horizontally, the clouds become very elongated, and blurred it a bit more. I thought this added to the horizontal lines of the beach and horizon. Once I had it fit, I duped the layer, and applied the first one as soft light blending. The second one I applied as muliply and masked out the girl. I added some cyan to this layer, and adjusted the opacity. I flattened it and added an additional flare. I also removed the two very hot spots the flare applies.

Thank you Radiance of Light . com, for letting me work on your wonderful photo.

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Deanna Cremin | a Quest for Justice...

Some of you may not be aware, but the Deanna Cremin murder case is still unsolved. It has been over 14 years since Deanna Cremin was strangled, just three days after her 17th birthday. She was doing homework at her boyfriend's house, and told her Mom she would see her later, and that she loved her. Deanna never returned that night, March 29, 1995. Her body was discovered the following morning by two kids going to school.

Deanna Cremin's family and friends have been trying so hard to get justice for their beloved child. The District Attorney's office has announced that an eyewitness of sorts is needed. A few years ago forensic evidence became available that was unattainable at the time of the crime.

Deanna's Mom, Katherine Cremin started a petion several years ago in hopes of having Kurtis Productions do a cold case episode on Deanna Cremin's unsolved murder case. Unfortunately A&E cancelled his show, but the Cremin's family and friends were able to obtain over 4,000 signatures from people hoping that her story be aired. This is Katherine's plea for Justice...

A Mother's Quest for Justice!, on YouTube

March for Justice...callin' all you Angels.
from FriendsOfDeanna at YouTube:
March for Justice

They really only need a small bit of information. It will make all the difference. Deanna was so special to everyone she knew. Probably half of Somerville had her as a babysitter, or teacher's aide. She voluteered at the Somerville Community Acces Television studios too...helping kids with their plays and stuff. Everybody knew Deanna, and how truly sweet she was. There is still a $20.000.00 Reward! offered for ANY information that leads to a conviction in her case.

Billboard Design  $20,000.00 Reward! Please Help!
You can click either photo for more info.

Older, and some recent Boston Herald Articles on Deanna Cremin...

Teen's unsolved sleighing weighs heavily on Mom. Anguish, drives Mom's Quest
...More articles here: Boston Herald  Deanna Cremin Articles, on
...just click the grey headlines, and the article will pop up.
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