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Old 01-04-2008, 04:50 PM   #1
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Hi, I'm new to the forum and to PS. I have been working with it for a couple of days now I got PS elements 3.0. I started the other day lowering cars i did about 6-8 cars and then went to show my friend and when i outline the bottom of the car instead of putting the lasso where i put it it rounds the corners off. then when i copy and paste it to a new layer and pull the car down closer to the ground to lower it I can see the background layer...My opacity is at 100%. Anybody?
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Old 01-04-2008, 05:43 PM   #2
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that happened to me! lol. idk what the deal is.
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Old 01-04-2008, 06:17 PM   #3
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the outline was most likely feathered by accident. i dont have it open right now but i believe it towards the top slightly towards the left, make sure thats @ 0px.
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got it in one!thats wat i would have said.



use the pen tool
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I dont think elements has the pen tool I have version 1.1 of elements I think not sure but mine doesnt have it and many other features that the CS2 and 3 have. but ya I have no clue how that happened it prolly has to do with what jcrazyjj sayed about the feathering
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Old 01-08-2008, 12:15 AM   #6
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The only thing I ever use the lasso for is under car shadows.
All other selections should be made with the pen.
I thought elements had the pen, but if not, scrap it and get a full blown version of Photoshop or CS2/3.
Without the pen bro, your wasting your time.
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its not a waist of time ive still seen people make great things without having or using the pen tool. ya its a good tool to have but alot of the basic photo chopping stuff doesnt require it and I know because ive done almost everything with it .his lowering issue had nothing to with what tool he used and plus have you seen the cost of those. you can get elements at walmart for $80 I think not for sure about that. but its not the end of the world without the pen believe me you just have to do a little more work to get what the pen would do id say.
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Well, your right, you can chop using the lasso to make selections but whether you agree or not you will never get as good results as you would if you were using the pen. Simple as that. There are a select few of very talented advanced choppers out there who do admit to using the lasso but it takes a whole lot more effort and their work would be even better if they were using the pen.
Sorry bro, its definately not my intention to discourage anyone, im simply giving you some advice that I feel is an essential part of learning and developing your skills so you can be the best you can be. I totally understand the money issue too. But to be honest, if your serious about this, at some point in time (and more sooner than later), your gonna have to figure out how to raise the coin to do better than Elements.
You owe it to yourself, that is if your serious.
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ya I tottaly agree with you I will eventually get the cs2 or 3 i have used it in school so I know the potential that my work could have with it but for now it dont matter bc im just in the process of learning this type of art so the elements is a good starter program for me at least. But I just didnt want others as you said to be discourage but this off topic and I will end this by saying thanks for pointing out your side and have a good day
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