"Stone Horse" Design Showcase
I was wandering through my stock photos when I came across a pic of a
statue. I liked it, but decided it was not enough, so I wandered some
more and found a picture of a horse I liked as well. Lots of touch up
and some cut and paste, and you've got this web design.
This design will look similar with
all monitor resolutions at 16bit color and up,
and in IE as well as Communicator.
It's a relatively quick load... the basic html file is under 10k, and
the graphics add up to 40k, the biggest being the graphic at the top,
And speaking of that graphic at the top. That was the biggest project
of this design. The two photos I used, originally looked like this:
As you can see, the real horse took some pretty major touching up.
I did all the work in
Paint Shop Pro 6.
I used a mask to get rid of the background on both photos. The clone
brush got rid of the bridle and reins on the white horse, with some
pretty heavy retouch brush set to lighten, darken or soften. Once I
got good cut outs from both photos, I used a 2 pixel retouch brush set to
soften and traced right on the line between the cut out part and the
gray background. This really helped reduce the very obvious, cut-out look.
This web design took approximately 11 hours, once I found
the pictures I wanted to use. The graphic at the top of the page took
7 hours to create. The html coding and other graphics took 4 hours.
©2000 Cheri -rift- Meier
Horse and Statue photos, ©1998 Serif Inc., used and abused with permission.