PHOTO ART: Mini-Challenge #04
Here’s another “mini-challenge” to play with in the Photo-based Art category.
Unlike “official challenges” for this forum posted here, this one will be self-contained within this thread. It is intended as a souce of amusement until the next official challenge is posted.
The rules are more-or-less the same:
* It’s a challenge, not a contest -- intended to provide opportunities to experiment, share methods and/or techniques..
* Everyone who participates is a winner.
* There’s no expiration date.
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#4 – Butterfly
This image is courtesy of member FreeImages.com. It is posted as a "promotion" and cannot be used for commercial purposes without complying with the usage agreement / conditions spelled out in excruciating legal detail at their site.
1. Use any method, application(s), filters, plug-ins, style, whatever you like to convert this photo to “art.” Watercolor, oil, pastel, Art History Brush, sketch, van Gogh (eek!), convert to black and white, add a frame, hand-paint it, superimpose an image of Michael Jordan over it, etc. – Makes no difference. Whatever floats your boat as long as you follow guideline #4 in the process.
2. When done, reply to this thread and attach your work (don’t forget the 100K size limit). Note: Multiple entries OK if you’re so inspired.
3. Since this mini-challenge, don’t feel like a detailed step-by-step description on how you achieved your results is required, but at least share what applications and/or plugins you used… More detail is welcome if you’re so inclined.
4. Have fun
A quick and sloppy usage of the extract tool to isolate the butterfly, then hue/sat to change colors. Imported a little friend in yellow, ran a SPLAT! pattern for texture and a couple of Flaming Pear freebie filters, some curves and sharpen tool and a frame. Lunchtime at the popular plant!
What a deal: Photo art during lunch! Great way to relax and have a few minutes of fun + exercise the creativity muscles.
Like the more vibrant colors and your addition of "friends," who decided to drop by for a little chit-chat! You have the knack even when your time is short.
This has nothing to do with the Art Mini-Challenge, I just thought it was interesting. When I first saw the butterfly pic, my first thought was that it had been way oversharpened via USM, so I wondered how to lessen that effect.
I ran 'minimize' on it at the lowest setting, then faded that another 13%. Not perfect, but it's a tip I'd never heard of before
I painted the logo back in with the history brush.
Ok, this IS having to do with the mini-Challenge, but it's purely accidental. I took my un-usm version, laid it over the orig, and applied difference blend mode. Then I flattened, inverted, and applied a tiny gaussian blur.
Difference Blend Mode: Finally a useful use
I knew that if I oversharpened that butterfly before I posted it, somebody would call me on it!
Facinating technique, Doug. I've been mucking with it the past hour or so...
A couple clarification questions:
RE: faded that another 13%...
...does this translate to Fade/Normal/13% or 87%?
RE: I ran 'minimize' on it at the lowest setting
You meant to write "Minimum," right?
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The first time I tried your recipe, there wasn't enough "difference" between the top and bottom layers. I got a completely black screen.
I then I tried moving the lower layer to offset the pixels a smidge using the MOVE tool and clicking the DOWN and RIGHT arrows twice each. This yielded a very interesting - (for me) a very detailed outline, more detailed than Find Edges or (inverted) Glowing Edges.
Also trying various combinations of...
* Background copy, Blend=Difference, apply Gaussian Blur to taste
Finally, a potential use for that goofy Difference blend mode Looks like this has the the possiblity of becoming another "photo-art" basic technique. .
Thanks for sharing your findings and results. Nice to have that 'how to undo some oversharpening' wizardry in the bag of tricks.
Did I mention your accidental-art butterfly is very cool? I didn't? OK. It definitely is.
Jasc Virtual Painter
Original posts deleted and replaced by this and the following one. For some reason the attachments didn't "attach" on the first go around. Probably "Operator Error." DannyR
Sometimes Jasc's Virtual Painter can generate a pretty decent outcome. I especially like how the Color Pencil effect really seems to bring out colors.
C. Copy of B; applied Angled strokes; blend=overlay
B. Copy of Background; applied Virtual Painter "color pencil" effect; blend=overlay
A. Background (original image less logo)
Keep having FUN!
Minimum, Maximum, Smart Blur
This one was a result of trying various combinations of the Minimum, Maximum and Smart Blur filters...
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