In this contest, we are working with a source photo.

Your goal is to manipulate the photo in any way you want and turn it into a work of art. You can use Photoshop or any other digital image manipulation software.

The photo for today is one that made second place in our 'black backgrounds' contest. It's called 'The Champ' and was captured by one of our members: Olga.L Make sure to follow her if you aren't already!

You can download a high resolution version of this photo HERE.

Be creative, and let's do some old school photo manipulations!

Good luck!

PS: It's very important to vote on every entry, the more votes we get, the more accurate the rankings will be. Also, when you see something on someone's entry that can be improved, let them know. That way, we can learn new skills from each other!

Staaan avatarLevel 19
Staaan

If you have any questions/suggestions/comments about this contest, reply to this comment!

Good luck! πŸ‘‡

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Hanabi avatarLevel 8Together award
Hanabi

Hi Staaan, your "here"-link leads to a different pictue πŸ˜‰

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Staaan replied to Hanabi :

Thanks for letting me know!

It's corrected :)

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Dragon Castle created by Rubber-Ray

Source images are here. https://i.ibb.co/G000x43/iguana-dragon-sources.jpg

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17Heart award
Olga.L

Congrats RR loved it.

Rubber-Ray avatarLevel 11
Rubber-Ray replied to Olga.L :

Thank you for the pic Olga!! It's so funny because the day before this contest came out, I was taking photos of some wild iguanas. I have not done a PS contest in close to 6 months, since my dad died, but I had to do a Chop with your wonderful photo!! Here is one of the photos taken w/ a Canon Rebel XTI (8mp) with Canon 100-400 v1. Oooolllllllddddd equipment haha. https://i.imgur.com/C9SzL0f.jpg

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Olga.L replied to Rubber-Ray :

HOLY GUACAMOLE...he is so sharp and the closer I look the more beautiful he becomes to my eyes, such detail, such a magnificent creature. Thank you. You equipment may be old but your technique and POV is dead on great.

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Rubber-Ray replied to Olga.L :

That lens came out in 1998 but I got it in 2006 which is the same year my camera came out. It takes patience to get near iguanas. They are so skittish and you have to move just right or they run away. Once they get near the water they calm down some, but they also have their eye on you!! That's a good thing because you always get the face haha. And thanks for the compliments. I used that lens a lot in Hawaii to take surf photos at Pipeline. That photo was hand held which can be a challenge when shooting a lens that size. https://i.ibb.co/f8nD8Nf/0230c4f5bb5fb6669888675b6a352fd0-tn.jpg

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Olga.L replied to Rubber-Ray :

You must have good steady hands for that monstrosity but you did it. I find myself not breathing when I want sharpness on a bug or whatever....but the older I become the shakier I become....something for you to look forward to....ha ha ha ha...the challenge!

Rubber-Ray avatarLevel 11
Rubber-Ray replied to Olga.L :

One good thing about me is yes, I do have rock solid hands.

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Merlin replied to Rubber-Ray :

Congrats, Rubber! πŸ‘Œ

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Rubber-Ray replied to Merlin :

Thank you Merlin and thanks for the follow. I followed you back. :D

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Merlin replied to Rubber-Ray :

😊 (PL2 & PL - Prince Laurent)

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Stroller

Nice job, done. Congrats gold place!

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Rubber-Ray replied to Stroller :

Thank you Stroller!!

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Zizounai

Congrats Rubber-Ray, so goooood to see you back 😊

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Rubber-Ray replied to Zizounai :

Thanks sista Z!! I haven't done one in months. Felt good to do a Chop!

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Skyangel

Excellent work R_R. Congrats on the win.

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Rubber-Ray replied to Skyangel :

Thanks S.A.!! I felt it was a simple design. I thought about adding more stuff to it to spruce it up, but every time I imagined more stuff in there it took away from the dragon.

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Skyangel replied to Rubber-Ray :

Sometimes the KISS principle works best.

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Beware this Lizard. created by FinaSumo

I uploaded this again, because it an improved version of the picture I made. Here is a before and after GIF of the elements I used https://postimg.cc/D8Df8HBH I could not work not work out how to update the image after it is posted, is this possible?

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

Everything is sharp and clear and his personality shines through...just feel like going out on a date with this hot fellow. Congrats.

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FinaSumo replied to Olga.L :

Thank you Olga. Seriously, you do want to be careful going on a date with this particular lizard though.

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Stroller

Silver Congrats!

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FinaSumo replied to Stroller :

Thanks SkyAngel

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FinaSumo replied to Stroller :

Thanks SkyAngel

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Merlin

Good job (with sources), FinaSumo! πŸ‘Œ

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FinaSumo replied to Merlin :

Thank you

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FinaSumo replied to Merlin :

Thank you

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FinaSumo replied to Merlin :

Thank you

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Rubber-Ray

I hope this helps. It shows you how to edit your contest entries. https://streamable.com/yjgnmo

FinaSumo avatarLevel 7
FinaSumo replied to Rubber-Ray :

Thanks for this, yes this is by using an outside image hoster. I'm guessing if you want a thumbnail of your image to come up, you will still need to upload directly to Grepless? In my case, I will now be to trying to make sure I've finished working the image before uploading,

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Rubber-Ray replied to FinaSumo :

I've never paid attention to the thumbnail. Not sure if it updates it. I don't know if you are like me but I tend to completely finish my image to where it's totally perfect and then I have "1st done". Then I come back and look at it again and have 2nd done, then maybe 3rd done, or even 4th done... hell I have probably had 20th done haha. Then I upload it and may even edit it again. πŸ€ͺ

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FinaSumo replied to Rubber-Ray :

For me it is not possible to see your image 'objectively' after only one session working, you need to sleep at least one night on it.

Hanabi avatarLevel 8
Hanabi

Love it!!!

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FinaSumo replied to Hanabi :

Thank you Hanabi

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FinaSumo replied to Hanabi :

Thank you for saying this Hanabi

Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel

Congrats on 2nd. Well done.

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FinaSumo replied to Skyangel :

Thank you Merlin!

Rubber-Ray avatarLevel 11
Rubber-Ray

Congrats and 2nd!! Solid work!!

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Au bord du Lac noir created by lolu69

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

Loulou, I really liked this image and the liquidy, muddy, lava, ancient feel you have given it. Congrats to you on this beautiful manipulation. Love it.

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lolu69 replied to Olga.L :

thanks a lot for your comment Olga !

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Stroller

Bronze Congrats!

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lolu69 replied to Stroller :

Thanks !

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Stroller

Bronze Congrats!

Rubber-Ray avatarLevel 11
Rubber-Ray

My best translation is "By the Black Lake".

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lolu69 replied to Rubber-Ray :

exact ! ;)

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Mundolopez replied to Rubber-Ray :

very good I like this

Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel

Congrats on 3rd Lolu.

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lolu69 replied to Skyangel :

Thanks !

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Rubber-Ray

Congrats lolu!!

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lolu69 replied to Rubber-Ray :

Thanks !

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The Winner created by koyote111

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Stroller avatarLevel 8
Stroller

Congrats 4th!

Hanabi avatarLevel 8
Hanabi

I would actually put this picture on my wall! πŸ‘

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Merlin avatarLevel 16
Merlin

πŸ§™β€β™‚οΈ: πŸ‘
(PL2)

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Merlin

A lot of nice work, Hanabi, this was my fav! 😊

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Olga.L

EXCUSE ME !!!!! but there is no such thing as an ugly dragon in my reality, they are all the cutest and sweetest critters. I love this post, well done...nice an clear with good blending. Great enty.

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Hanabi replied to Olga.L :

Well, Olga, the initial idea was to put him in a nest of hatching lizards... (as in 'the ugly duckling')
However, I ran out of free time and enthusiasm for this picture, but the initial name remained... :-)

Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel

This is really well done Hanabi. πŸ‘

Rubber-Ray avatarLevel 11
Rubber-Ray

Nice dragon. He is cute.

"at one point it only got worse, so this is it".

I can relate. :D

Rubber-Ray avatarLevel 11
Rubber-Ray

Under rated. This was scored low.

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Merlin replied to Rubber-Ray :

I agree

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Skyangel replied to Rubber-Ray :

I agree.

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Free cocktail today! created by Stroller

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Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel

Nice work Stroller.

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Zizounai

Congrats stroller, this was my fave 😊

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Stroller replied to Zizounai :

Thank you, Zizounai.

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Stroller replied to Zizounai :

Thank you, Zizounai.

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Merlin replied to Zizounai :

and the pics used are... ?

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Stroller replied to Merlin :

https://www.dw.com/en/an-icon-of-modern-art-turns-100-kazimir-malevichs-black-square/a-18899525
https://www.katom.com/634-7512.html
https://www.thermofisher.com/blog/food/what-rot-strawberry-proteomics-and-the-art-of-staying-fresh/
https://www.rareseeds.com/store/vegetables/chamomile/chamomile-zloty-lan
and bubbles and lights from my library created before

Merlin avatarLevel 16
Merlin replied to Stroller :

Thank U, Stroller. Better late than never 😊

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Stroller replied to Merlin :

Mr. Merlin, when I create something I focus to complete work. Usually I don't save source used. Not sure will do it in following contests. Thank you for an award.

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Zizounai replied to Merlin :

Merlin, how could we ask participants to show the pics used when there are no rules whatsoever???

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Merlin replied to Zizounai :

It's sadly true, Ms Zizouna¨!...😒 You're right! 😘
My fav was "ugly dragonling", with sources...

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Rubber-Ray

This should have scored higher.

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Stroller replied to Rubber-Ray :

Thank you, Man.

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Merlin

πŸ§™β€β™‚οΈ: ✌
( 6 / 21 (=28,6%) have given their source pics used )

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Zizounai replied to Merlin :

Yes, it makes me sad... Stealing other people's work seem more profitable sometimes...

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Zizounai replied to Merlin :

Yep... makes me sad.

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Skyangel

Nicely done Zizounai.

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Zizounai replied to Skyangel :

Thank you Skyangel. You make me feel better 😊

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Turtle Champ created by Superfly

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Merlin avatarLevel 16
Merlin

I agree with Ms ZizounaΓ―. I knew a time on PXLEyes (and PhotoshopTalent) where it was even necessary to indicate the images from which we were INSPIRED. Here we are FAR from this rule!
My 2Β’...

Zizounai avatarLevel 15
Zizounai

https://www.ohmyprints.com/fr/image/Voyager-avec-une-tortue-speciale/547887/450?mediumId=1&size=75x50

Superfly avatarLevel 5
Superfly replied to Zizounai :

Well, it looks like we watched the same video from rafy A on Youtube.
https://youtu.be/XfXmHGGwk54

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Zizounai replied to Superfly :

This image is not mine (either). I just saw that it is everywhere on the Internet. Staaan... I think it would be time to get some proper contest rules in Grepless...

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Lava Lizard created by AaronLudena

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Hanabi avatarLevel 8
Hanabi

I like the color blending. Good job! :-)

Rubber-Ray avatarLevel 11
Rubber-Ray

I liked this chop. I love how you put the lava on the front rock.

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

I am a Bouguereau fan and have one of his works on my wall (not original). I opened this large format on my large computer and was very impressed with the quality of your work. Sharp and clear from the girls to the little lizard. His green hue really works well for you in this award winning manipulation. Simple and not schmaltzy at all....an honest presentation. Love it.

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Stroller replied to Olga.L :

Thank you, Olga.

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BFFs created by retired

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Olga.L

Nicely composed, good initial impact, clear and sharp, sexy eyes and lips. Makes me smile post...ten thumbs up! thank you.

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Stroller replied to Olga.L :

Thank you, Olga.

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Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel

It's a shame this was late for the previous contest. It would have scored a lot higher in the previous one. I think it scored low in this one due to not much having been done with the source lizard. I love what you did with the rest though. πŸ‘

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Stroller replied to Skyangel :

Thank you, Skyangel.
I did not submit my opus in time and share with colleagues what was done for contest. Before I was member of Freaking News contests, but site was closed.
Sincerely, Stroller.

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Skyangel replied to Stroller :

Well I'm pleased you decided to join this site. I look forward to seeing more of your work.

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Rubber-Ray

I laughed at this. :D

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Zizounai

Good idea, but the lizard is too pixelated compared to the rest of the image 😊

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