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Old 05-03-2006, 03:16 PM
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Originally Posted by byRo
To the right of the "Quality" setting in the "Save for Web" screen there's a little mask symbol. This is for you to use a mask previously [now he tells us ] stored in a channel to control the quality.
Doing this right you can use better quality for the important parts and loosen up on the rest (i.e. background). I've never used this option, and would be interested in hearing if any one has.

Another observation is paper texture. This positively bloats JPEG sizes. If the paper texture isn't too important (which is not the case for this month's contest) you may be a lot better off avoiding it.

Thank you Ro, didn't know about the texture bloat... that will help!
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Old 05-03-2006, 03:40 PM
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I'd be very disappointed if you didn't enter this month. Come on mate you've got almost three weeks! I'm keen to see how you'd approach this task.

Can't believe the number of entries already. These competitions are becoming quite popular!
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Old 05-04-2006, 02:56 PM
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How I did my sketch

Thanks for sharing your steps, chrishoggy! It's fascinating to learn how different people approach the same problem. Here's how I did mine:

- Converted to grayscale using the Channel Mixer in monochrome mode
- Applied the Underpainting filter, faded back to about 20%
- Applied the Colored Pencil filter, faded back to about 30%
- Selected the lips and used a curve to darken them slightly


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Old 05-04-2006, 03:28 PM
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One thing I missed out on my description was:
I left one of the graphic pen layers slightly more prominent than the other 3. Did this to show a dominant pen stroke direction, to make it look more natural.
Not sure if it worked, but did it anyway

Also did a colour version using same method
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Old 05-04-2006, 08:06 PM
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Originally Posted by T Paul

Thanks for sharing your steps. I hope to see more members use the Discussion Thread to share/discuss techniques as well as experiment such as Goose did with the color version.
I would, except that what I did was almost impossible to duplicate as an exact process. Apart from making copy layers, desaturating and applying various sketch filters, masking and painting them into different areas, I also took each resulting changed image, applied blur or median, adjusted level and applied selectively using masks and various blend modes to taste. There was also a small amount of actual drawing and smudging directly on the image.

Probably not important anyway as I see many more impressive efforts than mine
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Old 05-04-2006, 08:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Janet Petty
My try. This was so fun to do. I wish I could submit more with different techniques and not enter the contest.

You can, just post them in the Discussion Thread....
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Old 05-04-2006, 10:06 PM
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Cool impending wacom, let infinite creativity ensue...

Have just ordered a new wacom. Had a beautiful A3 Intuos from my pre-OSX days which was unfortunately rendered useless when Wacom decided they were not going to support legacy platforms when they shifted to USB.
Have been trying to justify getting another ever since. Finally found a good reason, so thanks!
Just hope I get it in time.
Sketchy Sketchy, Painty, Painty....etc, etc...!
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Old 05-04-2006, 10:17 PM
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Very nice auroraskye, hope you could share your steps.
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Old 05-05-2006, 02:30 PM
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While the rules are very specific and very well written (Thanks T paul) it's nice to see there's still a lot left to interpretation as is evident by the breadth of entries so far. I've always looked as a sketch as being somewhere in between a basic gesture drawing and a fully rendered drawing. It's great to see the entries so far run the gamut from one end to the other. Some entries show form-defining pencil strokes and rough delineation of light and shadow that are characteristic of a more gestural form a sketching while other entries have the subtle tones and subdued strokes of a more completed drawing. I think both approaches are elegant solutions to a contest that will no doubt be difficult to judge.
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Old 05-05-2006, 04:04 PM
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There are 20 layers in my final image, so forgive me for generalizing the how-to detail. See the attached image for a screenshot of the Layers Palette. Layers named "Merge" resulted from merging visible layers at that point in time.

The Green channel was used for the base image (less noise in the skin areas), to which Levels and Selective color adjustments were applied to achieve a high key effect.

After knocking out the background foilage, filters and effects were applied on duplicates of this base layer, including:
* Photoshop colored pencil
* Photoshop angled strokes
* Photoshop crosshatch
* Photoshop unsharp mask
* Impressionist > Pencil Sketch > Detailed monochrome, and a couple custom styles
* Virtual Painter > Oils

The effects from the various layers were selectively applied using layer masks. Layers were were duplicated and/or merged along the way, hence so many. Curves adjustments was used to fine tune the grey tones.

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