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yellow. : (20 June 2018 - 09:50 PM) I'd take my camera or a phone with a good camera. I plan on taking a million pictures for stock purposes in the future xD
Photoshopfreak : (20 June 2018 - 03:48 PM) To take my camera to Disney or not..... that is the question.
StarTrekFan1980 : (20 June 2018 - 02:46 PM) I agree about the magic wand tool. Never again.
hamylton. : (20 June 2018 - 11:42 AM) Side note about the Digest: If you are planning on submitting something for Pride, please please please get it done in the next few days! It doesn't have to be long!
hamylton. : (20 June 2018 - 11:41 AM) But hardcutting someone with it looks horrible when i do it
hamylton. : (20 June 2018 - 11:40 AM) I used it a week or so ago but not for a model. It was something for the digest, but that was a solid b/w image so it worked fine
hamylton. : (20 June 2018 - 11:40 AM) I tried to use the wand once. Just once. and i will never use it again :P
cheriechapstick : (20 June 2018 - 11:01 AM) RIGHT?? I assumed everyone just used the paint brush and layer masks until i was asked if i use the lasso tool and i was like 'WHAT IS THAT TOOL'
hamylton. : (20 June 2018 - 10:50 AM) YES! Before Alison's tut, I assumed everyone did it with layer masks
cheriechapstick : (20 June 2018 - 10:50 AM) same!! I am so amazed how many different ways people hardcut images honestly !!!
hamylton. : (20 June 2018 - 10:46 AM) It always amazes me how different everyone does it when given the same tools
cheriechapstick : (20 June 2018 - 10:41 AM) i've tried like a million different ways of coloring before finally settling on the way i do it now, which still varies but has the same steps
hamylton. : (20 June 2018 - 10:33 AM) Ahhh, I love using it for whites to add depth (or make colourisations have a fuller colour)
cheriechapstick : (20 June 2018 - 10:32 AM) I use it when I'm trying to make like my red's and yellow's pop and i even use it to contrast to make my blacks darker and my whites more natural, but that's about all i use it for, i do color balance for most my coloring
hamylton. : (20 June 2018 - 10:26 AM) Selective colouring is so nice! You get to control every colour and force it to look good make it all work

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