I signed up for the Photoshop artistry classes with Sebastian almost a year ago, there's a lot to get through and I've slowly been taking my time to learn and relearn all the things that I thought I knew.....
I have been inspired by the beautiful images that come out in the magazines that he puts together from the artists doing his advanced course. The textures and background are just some of the resources that come with the course, the frame is from ON1. The photo is my own.
Wow, top capture and great work Jackie. You chose a perfect texture for this image. The sharpness in the cheetah's eyes is superb. One thing that you might want to consider doing is blending the edges of the cheetah into the texture just a bit using a slightly lower opacity soft brush. Have you seen some of the creations from Jai Johnson (Daily Texture)? She is a real master of the art. Here is one of her youtube videos where she blends cat fur into the background: www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaYHTcmn-h0
I am impressed you are doing the Photoshop artistry course - goodonya! I have been doing it as well for a while now. It is amazing the amount of content that Sebastian has provided to the students and I really like his teaching style.
Thanks Michael for your kind comments, good to know of someone else that is doing the course too. I wonder if there are many others on this forum who have signed up? I love Jai Johnson too, she does such beautiful work and is so generous with her art. I will definitely watch this video, Lord knows I've seen quite a few lately.....and I'm interested to know whereabouts on the cheetah's body needs work, my eyes are at the stage where I use glasses to drive (long distance problems), and different glasses to watch TV, but I can't use them for my PC screen, and then there's the low magnified glasses I need to read the paper etc, but they too are not suitable for my monitor. I'm seriously considering laser surgery to solve at least one of my sight dilemmas!, I wonder if it's possible to specify which problem you want fixed?
Oh, I was just referring to the general outline of the cheetah and blending it into the texture through a soft transition the way that Jai Johnson so often does. Don't get me wrong though, I think it looks great as it is