I'm following you today Jaykita ..... terrific result, I agree with Janet!
I selected the sky and filled with blue.
Filter/Mura Meister/Cloud effect.
Filter/IP Process/Adapt Equalize/Default
Filter/Paint Alchemy/Sketch Col
With all the interesting ideas in this thread, it looked like a good subject for experimentation. Here then are my 1st Painter8 experiments. I've had Painter for a year, but between annoyance at having to reinstall to upgrade to 8.1, being too busy learning Elements2, and admittedly having some fear / intimidation, I hadn't touched it. My 1st impression: Painter is VERY cool / powerful for photo-art. I think it crosses over some to the "you have to have some art skill" to do well with it, even just cloning a photo, however. So, having little to no drawing or painting skill myself, I think it will be quite a while before I generate anything great. That said, I'm pretty happy with my 1st outcome here and hopefully will improve with practice.
1st image (this is the one I worked hard on):
Color correction in Elements 2.
Painter 8: Cloned by hand using the Bristle Oils cloner brush (using Tracing Paper mode a lot of the time).
Back to Elements 2 to add some background color based on gradient layer (where I also worked hard to try and get it blended in stylistically with the lighthouse itself). Added texture, and abd blended in some of the original photo for a bit of detail & to reduce some of the white gaps between my Painter brushstrokes.
2nd image (A quick & easy project showing off more of what Painter can do):
Same color correction.
Painter8: Auto-cloned using the Impressionist cloner. Stopped when it looked good.
Back to Elements 2. Ran Diffuse Anisotropic. Copyied to a new layer and added canvas texture with some masking. Added masked curves layer to darken the sky.
verrrrrrrrrry interesting ideas here
though i think i crossed the line somewhere ... i remember i used twice Ormente fluorizer, twice did some hue-shift, then i removed white, put it on solid black, copied the layer, used fresco, and set blend to hard-light... that's about it
Well after seeing so many different styles and method, i decided to try some traditional retouching.
I found the mast and hose to be distractions, so guess what ? I removed them
Removed the clouds from the sky
Adjusted level and curves on three different areas
Added lighting behind the lighthouse
Lighthouse At Sunset
This image has taken approx 4 hours to complete. It was really funas i never envisioned the finished product until i was about a quarter of the way through, it kind just went on and one.
I was experimenting with curves and masks and got nice light casting effect, so i just ran with it and thigns started to come together.
I used my previous posted i mage as the basis of this one, however i added a lot of Dodge and Burn, cloning, healing, and some added shadow detail.
I dont feel the image is quite complete as i have spotted a couple of lighting errors, so perhaps i will redo some steps, but for the most part its acceptable.
I wanted to create a nice atmospheric result to try and catch the ambiance of the lighthouse just as the sun has nearly set.
I will post a link to the image in order for you to view in all its glory as compression has undisired results.
Lighthouse At sunset
Nice work, glad you submitted it
I just been through the thread and...
WOW LactoBeeZor i adore that sky its awesome!
Wow again to Bill that sky is gorgeous and that beam is just perfect!
TwinANJ - makes me wants to wrap up warmly and head for home - Great atmosphere that is! (1st one)
WOW phili1 i love that vibrant pink!!!
BlindWillie that is super cool it really does remind me to take my umberella out with me today...Awesome!
Woah look at the storm that phili1 got a going again that is lovely!!!
Nice work David Vance that is impressive!!!
Axleuk that is bright! nice work!!!
I too found the pink box and bird in the sky distracting- so I removed them.
I created depth of field by using a mask and adding a gradient.
Added a warming filter and paint daubbs filter.
Then played with the exposure to add drama in the sky.
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