Your Woodcut and Portrait are just sooo good..really good stuff..
Jerry, great job of turning a snapshot into a classy oil portrait, especially with the background replaced by a dark moody one. It looks like you may have used a distort--displace filter here to get that brushy texture...did you?
Phyllis, the filter I used for the texture on my portrait was with Paint engine (bad chalk). I then adjusted the slider way low.. Then I applied a small amount of PS "drybrush" and played with sliders.. The rest was done with layers removed with a wet brush..
really great rendition of the stern sailors face with the frigate biting the dust..I really like that one..
your portrait is really nice.. I toyed with trying to get the texture smooth like you did but I couldn't get a painted look..Mine still looked like a photo.. Nice job..
Re: Phyllis and her new toys!
I used the same blotchy layer again to make the background, reversing it and turning it 180 then laying it over itself at 50% opacity, and colored it a slight bluish shade. Last I added the gaussian blur dupe of the man to cast a white "shadow" behind him.
Wow! What great entries for this challenge. To single out any of them would be to do a diservice to the others - I have to say that I am more impressed by the high level of quality from all of these entries than in any other mini challenge so far - in the lofty 2 or 3 weeks that I have been a member here...
Give yourselves all a pat on the back - EXCELLENT work!
Duped image layer, applied Dry brush to top layer - then applied layer mask and used gray to bring back eye and mouth features a "bit" – I liked the immediate maturing of their features – makes them look more real figures of history to me rather than impersonators. Duped that layer and applied Stylize->Find Edges filter, reduced opacity of top layer to about 64%.
To mask the obvious modern aspects of the background - Selected background and ran medium Gaussian blur, then dry brush several times – ran Levels adjustment to darken it and emphasize the two subjects in foreground.
Having looked at the other entries, I agree with Toad -- high caliber entries. Phyllis -- your woodcut is the first I've seen -- great concept. Jerry, JLC, Jim -- such good work! Don -- your addition of his sinking ship is an excellent idea -- it does answer the question of "what are they watching?"
Added a vignette effect -- thought it let the officer almost "step out" of the background.
Last edited by CJ Swartz; 10-23-2002 at 04:45 PM.
Dry Brush + Find Edges? Excellent and very creative. Had never thought of doing that. The vignette effect subtly ages the pic without being distracting.
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Here's my swipe:
For the "how to" start with layer 7 (the original image) and work "up" for the general idea.
Layer 6 was a 2-pass development. After completing layers 5 and 4 above it, I went back to 6 to add additional texture. I just kept mucking with it until it looked "arty enough."
1. Merged layers 4,5,6,7; airbrushed with black on layer mask to let layers 2, 3 show through. Used Blur tool to soften the guy in the back a bit.
2. Hue/Saturation adjustment layer set to colorize. Messed with sliders until I found a combination that looked good to me.
3. Pseudo background generated by Clouds followed by Difference Clouds (4 times)
4. Copy of Background layer, Hard Light, opacity 75%. This restores some color.
5. Copy of Background layer + Emboss + Sprayed strokes (for texture), Overlay. Adds little more texture and depth.
6. Copy of Background layer, Hard Light, manipulated with these filters in this order:
* Add noise (5, color, Gaussian). This makes Colored Pencil filter more effective.
* Colored Pencil (4,8,42)
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* Crosshatch (9,6,2)
* Angled Strokes (18,6,5)
* Ocean Ripple (7,5)
* Fade Ocean Ripple
* Dry Brush (2,3,1)
* Fade Dry Brush
> I have to say that I am more impressed by the high level of
> quality from all of these entries than in any other mini challenge
> so far
Personally I ascribe this to the outstandingly high quality of the original photograph ...
> it does answer the question of "what are they watching?"
As far as I recall they were watching the other street performers (as per my other photo to Danny). I suspect the expression of somewhat pained concentration is actually down to trying to remember his lines, but Don's solution is certainly more dramatic.
I'm really pleased to see what everyone's done with this photo. I took it the first weekend I had my new digital camera this summer and was sure something interesting could be done with it, but never quite got round to trying. I've been busy at my sister's wedding this past week and it's been great to come back and see all these outstanding images. Kudos all around...
Here's my version, I removed the gentleman from the background, placed him onto a new background made to look like wooden planks, using splat, then turned the whole thing into a cartoon style image using photoshops, texture, grain filter , set to speckle.
Very impressive and convincing background construction. If you haven't tried the Lighting Effects filter on this image, it will render variations that will further highlight the creativity of your skillfully crafted BG.
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As Leah hinted there's counterpart to this picture, an "English Lady." She'll be the subject of a future mini-challenge.
Uniform Officer of the British Army 1778
I was going to have it framed but all the frame shops are closed
Last edited by Trimoon; 10-25-2002 at 07:41 AM.
Trimoon/Steve -- gorgeous! Get thee to the frame shop!
Love that background.
Chuck -- glad my notes were clear enough for someone to follow. I just tried some different effects until I found some I liked -- now it's your turn.
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