Tabassco....It is funny you ask! LOL!!!
I asked ForJazz the same question and as hard as I try...
I just cant get that glassy look that she gets with her work.
She is definatly ~~1 Super Talented Gal~~
Well...I can try to tell you what she told me.
Since I use PaintShop....I cant get it the same.
I know that she uses the soften brush and brushes on the animals cheeks and foreheads...kind of like petting the fur with a small soft brush.
Then to define some areas she will do the same with a burn brush.
You gotta zoom in to do it I think.
Ok....now when she reads this she might laugh at me if I got it all wrong.
I love her ability to add such depth in the sigs....
everynow and then I get one to turn out like that...but
alot of my stuff lacks dimension and just look 'flat'...
All I can do is keep practicing!
I think I will stick with my 'flat' images Here is one I recently did for someone on another forum and I LOVE it, I wish it were mine... I wanted to use ForJazzs' technique for this sig, that is why I posted this question.
Dawn, of course I wouldn't laugh at you! You know what I was talking about -- I think you had it right.
I do use the blur brush, I play with the settings a lot so that I don't end up blurring the whole image. I change the size and opacity of the brush. Then I "pet" the fur like dawn said. I zoom in so that I can easily see where it's the most pixelated and fix it that way. Then yep -- I go around the photo and enhance the shadows with the burn brush.
I tend to cut carefully around the animal so that there is no white or black space around the edges. Then I choose colors for behind it that will accent the animal even more. Sometimes I add shadows and sometimes I add light, depending on what I think will look better. At least...I try.
I'm not sure if you were referring to the background as well, but I don't really use tubes or other images for backgrounds -- I make almost all of mine from scratch so I'd need to know exactly which one in order to tell you how I did it.