Registered: May 2002
Location: Charlotte, NC
I used Photoshop 6 and Painter Classic to work on this challenge.
1. Starting in Photoshop, I duplicated background layer.
2. Selected girl and bench using the pen tool, made a new layer via copy.
3. Control clicked girl layer to select foreground, added a mask to the background copy to begin painting work.
4. Added brush strokes to background using the Art History brush, alternating with several different brush types and sizes, trying to mimic the strokes in the background of Woman Standing, Holding a Fan.
5. Ran Filter>Texture>Grain with a intensity of 9, Contrast at 11, and Grain Type set to Sprinkles. Edit>Fade Grain effect to about 50% opacity in Screen Mode.
6. Working on the girl layer, I used Filter>Brush Strokes>Accented Edges with settings at 2(width) 29(brightness) 3(smoothness).
7. Ran Filter>Texture>Grain with same settings as the background. Faded effect to about 20% opacity in normal mode to add sprinkly texture to image. Flattened image and saved file.
8. Went into Painter Classic and ran Apply Surface Texture - Image Luminance. Fiddled with the settings until it looked like brushstrokes. Saved .jpg and returned to Photoshop.
9. Added fill adjustment layer set to light grey. Filter>Texture>Texturizer set to Canvas, 100%, 4, Top. Changed layer blend mode to overlay.
10. Added a color balance adjustment layer to eliminate the yellowish cast left on the image.
11. Resized, Saved For Web, and fiddled with settings to get the file size small enough to submit. Went back and cropped the torn edges from the top as a last resort (I didn't want to lower the quality below 50).
12. Saved and uploaded.