If you find anyone who has participated in the previous OOF contests, you should get a very positive response. It's a great deal of fun to create these type of images. Just read some of these from first timers in the past...
This method of creating images that "pop out", are often used on ads and magazine covers to grab more attention. They're almost a pseudo 3D effect when done well.
If you're so inclined, please spread the word about the contest. You're welcome to join the OOF group or just view the images there. I don't know of another group on FAA with this technique as the theme. We're unique, and we like it that way!
Thanks for joining the group JM. I'm looking forward to seeing your work there. I believe you joined FAA on 3-12-13 and if I'm not mistaken, you wouldn't be eligible to join a contest for the first 30 days anyway.
I just entered mine. It is the first one I have done thanks to your much inspired thread and tutorials. However, I had to use Gimp which is different when it comes to warping and shadowing. I tried downloading Photoshop but had some trouble. One site was a 30 day trial only. Could you post a link for Photoshop that's free and easy to download?
@ Debra - Thanks for entering your submission Deb, and also for posting in this thread.
You may be able to download an old version 7 of Photoshop for free but all other versions will most likely be only a trial since that program is very expensive and Adobe doesn't give it away for free. The problem is the old version (before CS) does not have the warping feature. The GIMP is an excellent open source (free) software 2nd only to Photoshop. I'm not sure if they have a warp capability or not. Perhaps some searching for GIMP tutorials on OOB (Out Of Bounds) or GIMP Warp may produce some help. Meanwhile you can get away without warping the frame for creating the images.
The shadowing is best done with the Burn tool if the editing software has that capability. I'm pretty sure the GIMP does. It's like the poor man's Photoshop and I think even has programmers who used to work on Photoshop. As with any new method or technique, some time and experience will generally yield more satisfying results.
Your OOF image is very good. You are encouraged to join the sponsoring group and submit your OOF image there. That way it will help grow our group, help bring it up in the ranking (helps your image get noticed sooner in searches), and I can feature your image. The OOF group is still small enough that I don't have any problem featuring all OOF images. If your image is in the top three winning positions of our contest, it will have a feature in the top positions of the sponsoring group for at least a week or longer if no other submissions are entered after the week is up. It must be in the group for me to feature it however.
Best of luck in the contest and if you find a tutorial for any software on doing OOF/OOB images please post it in the sponsoring group's discussion thread.
Since the image submission phase of the contest has ended I had intentions of closing this thread but instead I thought... While the thread is up, why not use it to invite non-contest members to check out the images and vote. So again, here is a link to the contest... http://fineartamerica.com/contests/oof--kids.html?tab=overview
The voting phase ends tonight! There is a 4-way tie for 2nd place and some have not voted yet. Please vote for your own image (to at least get on the leaderboard so people will see your work if they only go to that page... Plus vote for others that you like!
I have also featured and positioned all the winning photos on the respective positions of the OOF - Out Of Frame homepage. One winning image (tied for 2nd place) however was not in the group so I was unable to feature it... "Smile" by David Bishop.
The contest is over and I am closing this thread.
Thanks to those that stopped by.