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4UFinal2wFlowers.jpg 
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I like the composition John, but the lights are an issue for me IMHO, maybe try a dusk shot or a very early? you the blurred focus on the front (I understand why, but maybe it isn't helping?) , maybe some leaves on the pavement? good detailing!

 

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The lights are actually what I like about it (even though it's daytime) [wink]
I didn't blur the front but the 2d plants apparently always come off as slightly blurred (according to a different thread anyways). I'm not happy about that part and the driveway texture blurred normally just because it receded into the background. If you notice, I had to enlargen both the roof tile and the driveway tile so they would render better as it goes back. Both are larger than they would be in reality. I also turned the driveway tile 45' so it wouldn't be a straight grid of lines. It's a super long space (4 units wide) so the camera is quite a bit off from the model. I did the flower tip tutorial from these threads that was posted recently and I think it came out ok but I had it a bit too transparent in hindsight and I couldn't get the clumping right.
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did you use the 2 1/2 D grass instances for the grass?
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The grass is completely done in photoshop. Man, I just noticed that the forum really shrunk this image down from what I posted. Maybe I posted it wrong but it should be much larger. No wonder it's hard to see details.  I basically matte painted the grass using a grass brush using 2 different green colors depending on the area (switching to darker greens for the shaded areas). After this, I found cloning a real grass picture using the same grass brush but with the clone tool instead of brush provides far superior results. The other image I recently posted on here with the dog (and the lens flares lol ) in the windows uses the method with the superior clone tool grass. 
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Lets try this for full size.

Yea, it's weird. Something with posting up to the forum and saving is shrinking and compressing the pic. Maybe it has to do with the aspect ratio but it seems to be getting shrunk down even when saved as an attachment compared to the source file.

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Ohh I see, yep you need to use grass image more or less at the same perspective using clone with shape dynamics, and jitter (same tutorial from the flowers from andrew) 

 

check this guy:

Alex Hogrefe 

https://visualizingarchitecture.com/



He has a great talk in a sketchup conference that talks about his heavy use of photoshop, wait I found it!




 I don't have the confidence in using a lot of photoshop, only some filters, clone stamp using special brushes, and that's it, but this guy actually makes matte painting from only gray volumes.


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Here is the superior grass technique I used in a super simple way. The only difference I did between this and the my model is I blended instead of having the opacity at 100%. 


I'm watching your clips now...
(your first clip is essentially the same technique - it's great - now search for 20 pictures of grass to save your library like I did!)

I certainly prefer to do more in sketchup and podium just for the purpose of re-renders but I keep finding I need to go to photoshop to bridge the gap for various things. 
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Yeah the forum does add compression when you upload -- not as bad as Facebook, but it is there.  I didn't realize this for a long time... haha I feel like there are probably 10+ comments in my history with me saying something like "Stop compressing your image so much!" [crazy]

If you don't have your own server/hosting, the easiest workaround is to use a free image host and embed the image from a URL instead of uploading directly to the forum. 

Just copying these from a Reddit post -

https://postimage.io/ (Unlimited Bandwidth, Free to use but compresses image)

https://lensdump.com (Unlimited Bandwidth, Raw Uncompressed Image, Keeps Exif Data, More features for registered users and Free to use, 100MB max image file size)

http://cubeupload.com/ (Amazing and simple interface, Unlimited Bandwidth, Raw Uncompressed images, Free to use, 5MB max image file size)

https://flickr.com (This one is not for everyone, it is basically a service to showcase your artistic work but works as image host as well, owned by Yahoo!)

Imgur compresses anything over 1mb, as do Photobucket, Tinypic, and Imageshack.


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