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can someone please help me with a technique in the photoshop photo effects cookbook?

i have tried over and over again to do the photo mosaic techniqe on page 122. It is not coming out right. the squares after the template layer remain opaque, and the stroke turns out incorrect although i have followed the instructions
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  • I'm very sorry that no-one has responded to you yet. Were you ever able to resolve this issue? If not, I'd be happy to assist you in getting this resolved. If you are still experiencing this issue, could you please provide me with information as to exactly which step you are seeing this problem occur at?
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  • thank you for responding. Yes i am still having this problem. I have tried this exercise numerous time, and still get the same results. so here goes: the topic is photo moasic. the first problem occurs when you have to make the template...i follow all instructions! each square remains a little to opaque, and the photo becomes discoloured. the edges of each square that over lap other squares get darker while the middles remain light. in other words the colors are lost.
    2. At point 6 where you click on the top most layer then ctl+click thumbnail to generate selection....."ensure that the foreground color is white and go to edit>stroke...." i promise you i have followed all of the steps and the stroke does not get applied. instead the entire square gets filled. i have even tried going into blending mode and using the stroke from that side, but it gets filled. (i have checked my settings and everything is where ist should be) In order for me to get the white borders around the squares, I must go to selection>modify>expand then enter 20 pixels. I double fill with white because the layers are opaque. My end result is less than desirable. If i am to obtain the end result seen in the book, Those instructions will not be sufficient. I hope you are able to understand my explanation. If you like i can send you a picture to show as an example. Looking forward to your reply.
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  • We're looking in to this right now and I hope to have a response for you shortly.
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  • Hi,
    I went through the instructions and had the same problem, so I've passed your message on to the editor to find out what's missing. Hopefully, she'll have an answer for us soon!
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  • Hi,

    I think I figured out what is going on. In step 1, when it says "Go to Edit > Fill > Use: White. Reduce the opacity of this layer to 50%. This layer will serve as a template..." are you changing the opacity of the fill, or of the layer? I was changing the opacity in the Fill window, and getting the opaque squares in the finished product.

    As for the Stroke, try using less pixels. The book says 20, but try 5, and see if that helps. The editor suggested that maybe the entire square being filled has to do with using a low-rez image? Also, you could forward your Photoshop file to me at booktech@oreilly.com and I could take a look at it.
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