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PHOTO ART: Mini-challenge #98 – Lighthouse

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Old 10-15-2004, 03:49 PM
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Jaykita's version

I love it Jaykita. Perfect picture for that kind of simplification and you did it very well.
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Old 10-16-2004, 05:29 PM
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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.
Inverted selection
Filter/IP Process/Adapt Equalize/Default
Filter/Paint Alchemy/Sketch Col

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Old 01-08-2005, 10:39 PM
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Paintered lighthouse

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.

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Old 01-09-2005, 07:40 AM
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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
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Old 01-09-2005, 09:35 AM
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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
Colour adjustment

Viola !
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Old 01-09-2005, 12:55 PM
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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
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Old 01-10-2005, 09:15 AM
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KenB, very realistic, I like the stars you added too.

Pam, love your second one

BillC, yours is different, very nice
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Old 01-10-2005, 09:20 AM
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Originally Posted by David Vance
Hello to all.
I am new to your forum via a gracious invitation from Danny Raphael and would like to submit my version of the lighthouse.
I seperated the lighthouse from the image, embossed it and gave it a couple of layers of multiply ( I think ) and one layer of linear burn. The clouds are from my cloud collection and put through curves to give them the ominous look. A little lens flair and home made beacon topped with a bit of rain and there you are. I hope you like it.
Thank you.

And thank you Danny. This forum is very interesting and informative.


Nice work, glad you submitted it
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Old 01-28-2005, 05:07 AM
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Red face 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!!!
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Old 08-18-2005, 09:07 AM
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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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