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Contest Info

  • Started: 7/26/2007 06:00
  • Ended: 7/30/2007 06:00
  • Level: apprentice
  • Entries: 22
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Apprentice 1st Place $5
  • FN Apprentice 2nd Place $3
  • FN Apprentice 3rd Place $2
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Contest Directions: Photoshop this tea kettle image any way you wish. Use your imagination as you see fit. This image is supplied by Stock Exchange.

Contest Info

    • Started: 7/26/2007 06:00
    • Ended: 7/30/2007 06:00
    • Level: apprentice
    • Entries: 22
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Apprentice 1st Place $5
    • FN Apprentice 2nd Place $3
    • FN Apprentice 3rd Place $2
22 pictures
  • Tea Party in 300 Spartans Movie

    Tea Party in 300 Spartans Movie
        • This is not mine. I got my 300 fix on the last contest.
        • Full view shows impressive blending, and professional placement of the six tea kettles. Hats off for this art work!
        • this one deserved a place i think. viewfull is a must.
        • One of those hidden object
        • wow chueko mis felicitaciones, espero verte muy pronto en nuestro portal de photoshop, estara listo antes de navidad
  • Medieval Tea Pot Painting

    Medieval Tea Pot Painting
        • Excellent job of making a kettle look like it's part of the original painting. I might sharpern or hightlight the top the kettle a tiny bit....seems a little fuzzier than the other items in the painting.
        • I agree with the above. You did an excellent work matching the color, light, and contrast patterns of the kettle with the rest of the painting. May I say (in a good way) you are making a big progress compared to some of your first submissions on the site. Editing is also the key - when you can edit an entry to fix the points discused in the comments, - try to edit it when you have time.
        • Thanks again for critiquing my work, it’s the only way to get better and I appreciate the time the family at FN takes to critique everybody’s entry’s, which I try to read and learn from. A special thanks to Rainmaker a real talent who takes the time to teach.
        • This is a nice image. Having said that, the kettle should be shinier. It is bronze & copper and should shine like the other metal ware in the image.
        • I tried 20 different things to make that pot shine like the others, someday I'll learn. Last place shows you tried.
        • very well done, tea pot a tab bit too bright, but great chop
  • Tea Street Vendor

    Tea Street Vendor
        • Quality blending - this looks like the original photo. However I would place another tea kettle in the front, just to give it more central place in the picture.
        • Great edit. I also like how you made all three kettles appear different by changing their angle and parts.
        • Nice work. Changing the handle on the one kettle is a small detail that really shows.
        • Should have changed the colour of the kettle a looks out of place...does not match with the picture as such...too big!
        • Also it does not make sense for you to have three kettles where the guy is chopping onions!!!Weird
        • There is an empty coffee mug there though, hahaha
  • Snake in a Teapot

    Snake in a Teapot
        • Very creative composition and decent execution. Try adding some shadows from the snake in the part where it enters the kettle.
        • Last time I would want tea at that house...LOL.

          That white out effect and the image your using for the resting surface (table?) doesn't look too good. I would probably find another source image like a wooden table to use. Kettle and snake look good.
        • Definitely better with the edit shadow! I agree with Rain about the white out effect on the edges.
        • I am agreeing with the above comments too. I would maybe add some slight shadow from the snake on the kettle too.
  • Melted Teapot

    Melted Teapot
        • This is a fair work, which looks quite realistic - especially the cracks. However for full realism some shadowns are needed. I know the source picture did not have shadows but that is the result of cropping it from the original photo for convenience.
        • this could use some light & shadow work to anchor it to the picture.
        • Good

          -Edited by Moderator on 7/29/2007 12:12:11 PM
        • Drop shadows bring flat images to life
  • Hidden Teapot Treasures

    Hidden Teapot Treasures
        • You did good job with placement of kettles and shadows on the back wall. However, I do not see the reason for some blurry white and dark matter in front. What is it?
        • well execution wise it was supposed to be embedded in the wall and part of the wall but since you have questions about that then I assume rightly that I did not pull it off well. but there's always next time lol
        • It is a little confusing to me but that's nothing new. I confuse easily.
  • Spiderman on a Teapot

    Spiderman on a Teapot
        • The eyes on the kettle appear to be floating. Masking around the kettle needs some attention to make it look like the background was always black.
        • The whole pot could probably go a a shade or two darker and have some edge shading.
        • Nice work on the handle.

          -Edited by Moderator on 7/29/2007 12:08:28 PM
        • Very nice. I like so much when the object of the challenge is the main focus, and not only part of the scene.

          Good job. Congratulations.
        • You did impressive work making the spider-web handle of the kettle. I agree that eyes look somewhat floating though. perhaps decrease their contrast somewhat and make their edges a bit flatter to follow the curve of the kettle.
  • Absent-minded Tea Making

    Absent-minded Tea Making
        • This one is a hoot, I absolutely love it.
        • Funny stuff and a good imagination. Now we know where Thing is working from the Addam's family...hehe

          I would probably darken those light areas on the edge of handle a little, since there's no light coming from the back of the kettle.
        • To me, it looks to be floating over the burner instead of sitting on it. There is some pesky masking debris or a hard edge at the bottom too. Notice the silver pot behind it. See the lighting effect it has? The Kettle should have the same effect. Also maybe add a little gaussian blur to the kettle to match the sharpness of the whole image.
  • Jeannie in a Teapot

    Jeannie in a Teapot
        • Excellent use of light. My only critique is I think there should be a shadow of the smoke coming out of the spout too.
        • What happen when I accept the "vote for this caption"?

          Could someone help me to understand it?
        • I like the concept. Smoke looks more like foam, try changing it for more smooth curvy line fumes.

          If you "vote for caption" it does not change anything except it shows to the caption author that you (or somebody else who votes) liked the caption.

          [Edited by User on 7/27/2007 5:02:25 PM]
        • i like the concept but she looks so 3D generated
  • Genie in a Teapot on the Stove

    Genie in a Teapot on the Stove
        • Thanks zorro!

          [Edited by User on 7/26/2007 4:40:06 PM]
        • Nice image. I would have shown the top of her head, tho.
        • This looks really professional, except for the top smoke part. See how delicately you blended the smoke and girl where fumes are just coming out of the kettle. Try to blend similarly at the top part.
  • Girls with a Teapot Painting

    Girls with a Teapot Painting
        • You might want to shade the right side of the kettle
        • Thanks for the feedback. I increased the contrast a bit and loosely added some shading as Rainmaker suggested. A slight improvement me thinks. Gracias again.
        • Kettle looks somewhat flat. I think you rotated it and only then shrinked it, which cased some distortion. I suggest shrinking it first and only then rotating it.
  • Ned Kelly with a Teapot on his Head

    Ned Kelly with a Teapot on his Head
        • Fair work. Try making the slot more bended to follow the shape of the tea kettle.
        • NewsMaster is right. Also the edges of the opening should be a little softer.
  • Musicians Tea Break

    Musicians Tea Break
        • It's very simple. The kettle could be grounded better with the use of shading & light.
        • Good eye on getting the shadows correct.

          I think the lady on the left needs more coffee. hehe

          [Edited by User on 7/29/2007 1:55:23 PM]
        • Maybe if you changed a shade or two in the does look a little too bright for this pic...does not blend in.
        • The image is pretty but I think that the original painting appears more than the object of the challenge.
        • I agree with zorro. While the integration deserves a merit, I wish the kettle too more prominent part of the entry.
  • Britney Spears Buys a Teapot

    Britney Spears Buys a Teapot
        • I like it but your kettle needs more of a 3-d feel to it try to warp it or distort it and add a shadow but the idea is wonderful
        • Funny stuff..hehe. You might want to work on the her body's drop shadow on the kettle. Notice the direction of the sun and how the shadow is is on her arm from the hat? Her body would be making the same style of drop shadow on the kettle.
        • I agree with the above.
          The concept is definitely smart and witty satire.
        • It is easy to see wou put some thought in this. My only critique is the kettle is very flat & skewed looking.
  • Teapot with a Statue

    Teapot with a Statue
        • I would probably use a better source photo, it looks a little rough.

          Interesting story
        • I like when the object of the challenge is in prominence, and you made this very well. You shows expertise in the use of filters and this must be valued. Congratulations.
        • The matching of color patterns deserves a merit. The tribute story is also touching. However composition wise I do not see a logical connection between the kettle and statue of David, so the composition looks a bit like a good collage. There are traces of the clone tool on the David's hair. Still impressive work overall.
        • To Rainmaker and NewsMaster:

          I've used one of the best and largest sources of the Jamie website and I don't retouch it.

          The traces of the clone tool on the David's hair, as well as the scrapings and the flares of the face, are not mine but his. And this image was almost a combat flag for Jamie.

          Could you understand why?

          THAT IS THE WAY of Jamie, apparentely full of little imperfections, like the best pieces of the japanese pottery.

          My message is beyond logic. If you understand it well, if you don't, also well.

          Thanks for your commentaries.

          [Edited by User on 7/29/2007 5:03:37 PM]

          [Edited by User on 7/30/2007 6:40:19 AM]
        • I understand it now I think. After browsing more of her website, the entry feels in line with her style of illustrations and collages.

          [Edited by User on 7/30/2007 6:08:34 AM]
  • Snail on a Teapot

    Snail on a Teapot
        • Slow boil? hehe

          I noticed some of white fringing, so you might want to work a little closer on the masking.
        • I agree masking may use more accuracy. Otherwise pretty good. This large snail makes me think of aliens somehow
        • If the snail is casting a shadow on the wall then the Tea Kettle should be too.
        •'s a snail...have to look twice...why the crop? Should have kept it whole for effect...The angle is weird as is the background!
  • Copper Swan in a Lake

    Copper Swan in a Lake
        • Love the composition. Execution may may use some more work. I suggest making it less blurry and work on the part where the kettle appears from the water.
        • I like the feel of the depth of field view here. Only critique is the lily pads should be sharper where it's 'neck' is sticking out.
  • Flying UFO Tea Kettles

    Flying UFO Tea Kettles
        • The idea had a merit. The very bottom left saucer looks like it crashed and not floating. Try decreasing opacity for the furthest saucer to give a feel of perspective.
        • Flying saucers are always fun. Although I have never seen one, I would think they should be darker to match the background image you used.
  • Copper Cannon

    Copper Cannon
        • Might want to add a shadow to the copper cannon like the other cannon is lit
        • Creative concept, but I wish the source picture was of higher quality.
        • Rainmaker and NewsMaster have covered this one. I am in total agreement with them.
  • Boiling Teapot

    Boiling Teapot
        • I am not a fan of patterns and filters, when it can be done without them. So I would try to put the kettle in more natural background and have it standing rather than floating.
        • nicely done on the water backdrop! It looks killer.
        • The over use of filters usually doesn't appeal to many people.
  • A Tea Kettle House in the Snow

    A Tea Kettle House in the Snow
        • I like it, but keep in mind modern art and what seems to be not using much of the photo isn't going to appeal to many.
        • I agree with the above. This could make a good book illustration for kids though.
        • Where is the tea kettle? Is it the spout chimney?
  • Brad Pitt and his Teapot

    Brad Pitt and his Teapot
        • Please don't use quote marks in the title of your image. It messes up the system. Thanks.
        • Thought bubbles? Masking issues around Brad. What's that white area under the cot? The text on the kettle doesn't follow the contour or shape of it. Sharpness doesn't match on anything. This needs more work in my humble opinion.
        • White under Brad is white sand on the beach.

        • White under Brad is white sand on the beach.

          Sand? Oh.
        • The alleged sand under the cot needs texture.
        • The whole composition looks somewhat like a collage, where tea kettle takes smaller part. I would suggest re-working the composition.
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