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January 10th, 2010, 04:04 PM
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This week's challenge is over creating rain. The steps I'm giving you I know work in PSE and PS, however, I do not know if it will work in all others, try to use these steps (they're the easiest I've found) and if it still does not work for you let me know and I'll try to find someone who uses another program to come on here and give directions.
Note: I only know how to do this in a contained area (shape). If you need screen shots let me know, if not, I'm not making them.
An example in case some of you newer makers don't know what I'm talking about lol

Directions:
1. set up your siggy with all elements, decorations, text etc. Just make sure your photo area is clearly defined.
2. Save a PSD file of your siggy NOW!
3. Merge all your elements and text above your pic into one layer, and then merge all your elements, text, and white back ground below your pic into one layer. (You should now have 3 layers Background, Pic, Top elements)
4. you will need to play with the levels of your photo. Bright pics will not work well with a rainy siggy. What I recommend is lowering your saturation and upping your contrast.
5. (don't have to do this step, I just do) make an extraction of the person/object that is the focus of your siggy. Make the extraction hidden/invisible for now.
6. Duplicate you pics and create a new layer over it. Use your paint bucket and fill the layer with dark gray or black.
7. Select your black/gray layer go to filter>noise>add noise. Use settings Gaussian and Monochromatic, and use a setting of around 400.
8. Next go to filter>blur>motion blur. Use a distance of about 10. Use whichever angle/direction seems to look most realistic to you and your pic.
9. Use unsharp mask on your rain layer, and up your contrast so that the "rain" is as white as you can get it and the dark areas are as dark as you can get it.
10. Some places will tell you just to adjust your opacity of the rain layer, I think it looks better to use Multiply or Overlay and then adjust opacity if you need to.
11. Move the rain layer up until the bottom of that layer is at the bottom of the pic, the clip the rain layer into your pic.
12. Duplicate both rain and pic layer. In duplicate, nudge rain layer down about 10 times
13. Repeat step twelve (using newest layers of each) until you get the top of the rain layer down to the top of the pic layer. Merge the two layers. (Not all of them into one! Each individual set of rain and pic layers. Ex: [from bottom up] pic 1 rain 1, pic 2 rain 2, pic 3 rain 3 - merge each set)
14. Remember your extraction? Unhide it and bring it to underneath your top elements layer. Again play with the levels until your are happy that it matches your pic in a way so that its not obvious that its not part of it. Merge it with the top elements layer.
15. Duplicate your top elements and back ground layers until you have as many of each as you do pic/rain layers. Arrange them into the following pattern: Background>Pic>Top elements, Background>Pic>Top elements... Merge each set of three.
16. Go through steps of saving for animation using a high animation speed.

Hope those directions work for you ladies! Let me know if you need help.

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January 12th, 2010, 09:26 PM
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February 2nd, 2010, 09:23 AM
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is this still open? I have been working on something for weeks. I had to take a break i was so frustrated..
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February 2nd, 2010, 09:25 AM
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sure! I've been hoping for more entries before going on to the next one.
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February 2nd, 2010, 09:42 AM
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What about the poll for the Scene Siggies? I figured that the SSSC's were kind of ending again because that poll wasn't ever posted. I figured you had gotten too busy with other stuff. Is there anything that I could do to help, maybe hosting the polls or something?
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February 2nd, 2010, 09:51 AM
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sure you can put up polls! I love it when other's do, I HATE putting up polls.
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February 2nd, 2010, 10:05 AM
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Sorry, I tried to help but messed up, could you lock this thread? http://www.justmommies.com/forums/f2...e-siggies.html I'm posting a new one now.

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February 2nd, 2010, 07:57 PM
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What exactly do you mean by clip into your pic in #11?

12. Duplicate both rain and pic layer. In duplicate, nudge rain layer down about 10 times

Read more: http://www.justmommies.com/forums/f2...#ixzz0eRSHdkcx (SSSC #7: Adding moving rain)


I'm stuck on this step...not sure what you mean?!
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February 2nd, 2010, 08:58 PM
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what program do you use?
if it's PSE put the rain layer over the picture layer and then puch CTRL+G in CS arrange layers the same as PSE and right click the rain layer and select create clipping mask.

Nudge - use your arrow keys and each time you push one (say down since its the one you need) each time you push it it nudges it down. if you're using PSE sometimes it won't automatically let you nudge, so what I do then is click a side like you want to make it bigger or smaller and then nudge.
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what about CS3..that step is where i gave up lol
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February 2nd, 2010, 09:14 PM
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which one clipping or nudging? those directions should do fine in cs3 since I've used it before.
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February 3rd, 2010, 05:29 AM
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the nudging...it is possible i just have zero comprehension these days
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Thanks! I hope I can get this to work tonight! I use photoshop elements 7.
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February 3rd, 2010, 08:04 AM
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nudging is the same in all programs, PSE is the only one that gives you trouble with it occasionally. CS just select the layer you want to move and then use the arrow keys.
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On the rain layer what should my opacity be? I feel like mine is dark?
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February 3rd, 2010, 04:05 PM
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just lower until you feel it looks right to you.
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