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PHOTO ART: Mini-challenge #40 – English Gentleman

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Old 10-20-2002, 08:38 PM
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PHOTO ART: Mini-challenge# 40 – English Gentleman

FIRST MINI-CHALLENGE?
See below for "Information and Guidelines."

Here’s another “mini-challenge” to play with in the Photo-based Art category until the next offical challenge is posted here.

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PHOTO ART: Mini-challenge# 40 – English Gentleman

This image of a street performer in historical get-up was taken this summer at a festival in Tunbridge Wells, UK by RetouchPRO member Leah. Leah, who kindly submitted it for this mini-challenge, retains the copyright © and unauthorized distribution or use without her permission is prohibited.

Let's see what you can do with this one.

~DannyR~

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INFORMATION AND GUIDELINES

Unlike “official challenges” for this forum which can be found here, this one will be self-contained within this thread. It is intended as an opportunity to engage in this artform 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 and, most importantly, have FUN.
* Everyone who participates is a winner.
* There’s no expiration date.

GUIDELINES:
1. Use any method, application(s), style(s) you like:
. * Convert to sketch, grayscale, abstract, watercolor, oil painting, pen-and-ink, Conte crayon, impasto, van Gogh or any style of your choosing
. * Add elements from other images (collage) or replace the background
. * Hand painting? Tracing? Freehand? You bet. Always appreciate entries of this nature.
. * Apply filters from your favorite application(s) or tweak it with 3rd party plug-ins
. * Feeling animated? How about a bird popping in and out of his hat?
. * Any or all of the above

Bottom line:
How you create this masterpiece 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 100kb size limit).

Note: Multiple entries OK if you’re so inspired.

3. By all means include some verbiage on how you achieved your masterpiece so others will benefit from your skills and experience. Make it as descriptive as you like. Grammar and spelling will not be graded. Priority given to content, not how it is written.

4. Have fun.
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Old 10-21-2002, 04:44 PM
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I'll start! This was done with the art history brush and a few filters(emboss and texturizer) to give it texture.

I kept the man in the background because he just seemed really interesting to me.

Thanks for letting us use your great picture, Leah!

Jennifer
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Old 10-21-2002, 06:12 PM
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Hi folks
Leah thanks for the nice photo to work on. I thought this gentleman had a lot of character..Tried for the old portrait look using one of trimoons glaze techniques.
Thanks
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Old 10-21-2002, 08:56 PM
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This attempt uses Trimoon's sketch effect combined with BuzzPro.
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Old 10-21-2002, 11:01 PM
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Jennifer, great color, great background, great texture. Excellent job!

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?

Jim, really looks like a painting...especially lower right corner. Love the texture and the colors and the way it fades off onto the paper/canvas.

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Old 10-22-2002, 02:25 AM
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Woodcut

Here is something new that I tried. If I ever made a woodcut again, I would remove excess detail before adding the wood and depth, but since I noticed my error after I'd already saved it as a jpeg, it's too late to fix this one. But I do like the woodcut effect. Here are the main steps, not counting blending modes and tweaking:

Working with a b/w dupe, found thick edges with a KPT filter (but poster edges should do it just as well) and set contrast high to get make it all black or white with no shades inbetween. Redid contrast to make it light gray and dark gray. Applied the craquelure filter with all sliders set to zero. Overlaid it onto the wood and adjusted saturation, brightness, and contrast.

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Old 10-22-2002, 04:04 AM
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Thumbs down

Excellent, excellent entries so far! I was hoping folks would remove the non-essential background elements.

Jennifer:
Very, very painterly. As Doug once said in a review, "I can almost smell the paint!"

Jerry:
Great glaze treatment. Trimoon will be pleased you've picked up his method so quickly plus put your own spin on it.

Jim:
Yet another winner. Subtle use of Buzz really worked on your rendition.

Phyllis...Phyllis...Phyllis:
How utterly creative. This is awesome. Appreciate you sharing the actual and workaround steps. This method will make a great alternative to some holiday gifts I would normally have had to PAY for!

Great stuff!
~Danny~
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VISION ...

VISION …

A Naval Officer’s worst dream … the Vision of His Ship Surrendering to the Sea.

Basically this was done around the Pencil2 Filter …

Don
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I was experimenting with the Techtures plug-in from Andromeda that I got in that package I told you about in the software forum: http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/sho...&threadid=4132 .

I did most of this painting with those textures, tweaking with PS7's displacement filter to suit, but first applied "accented edges" filter and faded it a bit.

The first thing I did after cutting out the soldier was to straighten him up...he was leaning forward too much for a portrait pose. Also, before merging layers I duped him and turned him all white with hue/saturtion then applied a generous gaussian blur to put a light between him and the background.


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Thumbs down Phyllis and her new toys!

Glad to see you're putting Techtures to such good use so quickly, Phyllis! This is a facinating technique and terrific result.

When you get a few minutes would you go into a little more detail about how you went about using the textures to get this effect, e.g., did you only use one texture? Did you apply all textures to the same layer or separate layers (if > 1)? What do you look for in textures? What benefit does Displacement bring to the game?

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