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First attempt at 'art' - porcelain
I think I've exaggerated this version too much, but there's a couple more version in my gallery.
And I'm also not happy with the edges. I've tried all sort of things, with smart blur it just ends up a bit blocky - find edges doesn't give the control. Any more suggestions?
Here's my 2 cents...
I would soften the edges using Stylize > Diffuse > Anisotropic. The result is different than just applying a blur filter. After applying the filter, you can fiddle with the intensity using the Edit > Fade command. You can always apply a little Unsharp Mask or a Levels adjustment to give the edges a little more crispness after the Ansio treatment.
Besides softening the hard edges, I think I'd erase (or hide via layer mask) some of the extraneous noise rendered by Smart Blur/Edge only. To me that can be a distraction.
Here’s an example to illustrate what I mean. For my taste I overdid the edge softening a bit, but that can be remedied as noted previously.
I like the solid color you choose for the porcelain look. For something a little different, you could try adding a Gradient layer (pick or create your own gradient), set to blend mode = Color. That will apply the colors w/o taking away from the line detail.
Good luck as you fine tune this technique. It has a LOT of promise.
I've found that applying a small gaussian blur as the first step will also reduce some of the extraneous detail.
Danny, I like your suggestion of the gradient layer, I was trying something similar with the history brush.
more attempts here:
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