Registered: September 2001
Location: Flemington, NJ
First, I'd like to say that this photo has always been my favorite. I found it in the archives last year and have been using it to practice hand tinting.
I'm not at all familiar with Mary Cassatt. I studied her paintings of the woman, the little girl, and the children on the beach to get an idea of her brush stokes and the overall tonality of each painting. I couldn't come close to the brush strokes.
I began with level adjustments to Red Channel of 0/1.15/244. Evened out skin tones of face, hand and legs by painting a flesh tones on layers set to screen and multiply blend modes, opacities of 35% and 32%, respectively.
Eliminated defects by cloning, smudging and copying/pasting good areas over bad.
Resized image to 800 pixels in width.
Duplicated background layer, applied Paint Engine "Brush Strokes" filter. Layer set to darken blend mode, opacity of 78%.
Made second copy of background layer, applied PS "Accented Edges" filter. Layer set to darken blend mode, opacity of 100%.
Added level adjustment layer 0/1.11/2.37 to RGB.
Placed third copy of background layer above level adjustment layer. Ran PS "Fresco" filter on that copy. Layer set to lighten blend mode, opacity of 31%.
Filter layers were erased in areas where I wanted to have more definition.
Flattened layers and saved as a new PSD file.
Added color blend mode layers, varying opacities, to new file and painted in reds, greens, blues and golds. Merged layers.
Duplicated background layer. Desaturated duplicate layer and applied Paint Engine Brush Stokes filter. Erased portions of duplicate copy around the eyes and mouth to preserve the definition of those areas. Duplicate layer set to overlay blend mode, 62% opacity. Layers merged and saved as final PSD file.
Opened third PSD file in Painter Classic and applied surface texture of image luminance, using very low settings. I wanted the look of oil paint, but didn't want too much shine or texture.
Reopened file in Photoshop, and used dodge, burn and smudge tools, using "Charcoal" brushes, to accent and highlight areas. Applied Paint Engine "Embossy" filter to image and then selected portions of the background and dress with lasso tool and reapplied Embossy filter to those areas.
Applied canvas texture filter to image and slightly desaturated it. Saved as a .jpeg, compression of 60.