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Impressionist plugin: Tips, Tricks and Miracles

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Old 02-11-2004, 08:56 AM
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Wink Impressionist plugin: Tips, Tricks and Miracles

Danny prompted me to start this thread, so here goes. However, I expect other members to participate with their Tips, Tricks and Miracles!

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Most of my use with Impressionist revolves around two basic settings that I created. One titled VanGogh, and the other Painter. I've saved these to a settings file.

To find my presets, click HERE:
http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/sho...0088#post70088

There's no real trick here. It's more the process of discovery and experimenting with all of Impressionist's settings and options. I encourage you to do that too.

When you come up with a combination you like, open the Impressionist dialog again and click Save. This will allow you to preserve your creative combination of settings.

Enjoy!

Last edited by DannyRaphael; 03-12-2006 at 02:55 PM. Reason: Move .set file to custom downloads thread.
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Old 02-11-2004, 06:27 PM
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Sure like that custom Paint setting, Jeff. This one is based on it. Used 90% coverage and a custom color (kind of a soft yellow) for background. Blended in some detail with the original image by setting to opacity = 50%.

2nd one: Used the VanGogh custom setting twice on this bouquet from FTD. Vincent would have been proud.

NOTE:
The VanGogh setting as provided needs a "direction" file in .tif format to control stroke direction. The size of the file must match the image to which it is applied, so I duplicated the flower image, Image > Desaturate and saved in .tif format.

To use a custom .tif:
* Click the "More Controls" setting button
* From the dropdown menu choose Orientation.
* From the Orient the Strokes dropdown, choose "by file" option and browse to the .tif file created.

If you want to try VanGogh without the .tif direction file:
* Click the "More Controls" setting button
* From the dropdown menu choose Orientation.
* From the Orient the Strokes dropdown, choose any setting except the "by file" option.

Great stuff... no sleep tonight. Many thanks, Jeff.

~Danny~
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File Type: jpg jeff-impressionist-1.jpg (66.0 KB, 1009 views)
File Type: jpg jeff-impressionist-VanGogh.jpg (53.1 KB, 1182 views)

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Old 02-11-2004, 08:01 PM
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Something else to try.

Note: The attached image is intended to illustrate this process. "What" the final result looks like will be a function of the images used and how you apply the Impressionist settings.

* Open the image to which you want to apply Impressionist, Image > Duplicate.
* On the duplicate, use the Crop tool to crop to a specific length, width and resolution.
* Open another image, something bright and colorful. Optionally, you can use a copy of the target image.
* Apply the Crop tool using the same settings as last time.
* Save and close the resulting image in .tif format somewhere convenient.
* Back to the original image...
* Invoke the Impressionist plugin and select a setting of your choice.
* From the Background dropdown menu, choose File... and specify the .tif saved above.
* Lower the Brush Size and Coverage settings and optionally the Pressure setting and preview the results.

The image rendered will be a combination of the Impressionist setting selected, e.g., Charcoalefault, applied to the target image and the .tif image showing through in areas untouched by the filter's effect.

Jeff: This inspiration is all your fault. Most fun I've had (with my clothes on) in a while!

~Danny~
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Old 02-11-2004, 09:15 PM
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OK... last one for the night. I really liked this effect. To me it looks very "painted."

* Open original image, duplicate it and crop the target image to the desired size
* Close original image
* Duplicate target image and save the duplicate in .tif format
* Close duplicate image
* Back to the target image: Duplicate the Background and drag to the top of the layer stack
* Invoke Impressionist plugin
* Setting: Charcoalefault
* On the Background menu, choose File... and select the .tif file created above
* You'll need to experiment with with Brush size, Coverage and Pressure. On this one I used 80, 60, 100. These settings yielded what I thought was a very nice combination of strokes and detail.

~Danny~

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1st one: Using this technique
2nd one: Applying the Charcoalefault without the above changes.

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By the way, I still have a couple legit copies of this plugin (Microsoft Front Page 98 CDs) left that I'm looking to sell. Send me PM if interested.
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File Type: jpg jeff-impressionist-ImageBG2.jpg (14.8 KB, 706 views)
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Old 04-27-2004, 01:10 PM
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Coverage and Background settings are related

Here's something that might be useful.

When the Coverage setting is less than 100%, whatever's "not covered" by the Impressionist variant will be filled in with whatever is specified in the Background setting.

For example, suppose your Photoshop foreground color is yellow, you chose "Foreground color" from the Background menu and lowered the Coverage setting to 80%. The 20% not rendered by Impressionist would be filled with the foreground color, which in this case is yellow.

I usually go with "Image" or white. For white (in Photoshop) press the D key (to set foreground and background colors to their default) and chose "Background color" from Impressionist's Background menu.
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Old 04-27-2004, 09:56 PM
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Pressure and Size are related, too.

By lowering the Size setting and increasing the Pressure setting, the result is more distinct strokes - color and texture-wise. Note: In this exampleI reduced the Coverage setting, too.

See attachment examples:
1 - original image

2 - Chalk: Bright Strokes on Black
* Background=Foreground color (very light yellow in this case)
* All other settings: Default

3 - Chalk: Bright Strokes on Black
* Background=Foreground color (very light yellow in this case)
* Stroke: 48%
* Coverage: 67%
* Pressure: 113%

So what?

The results of using the default settings for many varients are often times "not very detailed." This is one way to boost detail when you like a particular effect.

~Danny~
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File Type: jpg Tulips-1-orig.jpg (28.3 KB, 457 views)
File Type: jpg Tulips-2-detault.jpg (62.8 KB, 530 views)
File Type: jpg Tulips-3-small-brush-higher-pressure.jpg (78.2 KB, 654 views)

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Old 06-09-2004, 11:23 PM
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Impressionist plugin: Previewing brushes or papers

When using Impressionist it's sometimes difficult to distinguish among brushes or papers when you compare them in their respective Impressionist control panels. The problem is twofold: (1) The tiny thumbnails and (2) screen real estate: 18 mini-brushes and 9 mini-papers.

It never occurred to me until just a little while ago brush and paper files are in .tif format.

If you open the \Brushes or \Paper folders and change the view option to thumbnails, you get much larger thumbnails and are able to see many more at one time.
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Old 09-06-2004, 03:54 AM
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Boosting colors rendered by Impressionist (or any other filter, usually):
* Duplicate background and apply Impressionist style (attachment 2)
* Duplicate background again, drag copy to the top of the layer stack, apply the same Impressionist style and set the blend mode to Overlay (or Hard Light)
* Add a Levels adjustment layer and (usually) move the middle slider to the left a bit
* Add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and move the Saturation slider to the right (attachment 3)

Based on a suggestion from member CricketB. "Thanks, Cricket!"

Photo by Jim Amnau.

~Danny~
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File Type: jpg swanboat-1-before.jpg (51.5 KB, 310 views)
File Type: jpg swanboat-2-imp-applied.jpg (35.7 KB, 363 views)
File Type: jpg swanboat-3-color-boost.jpg (46.7 KB, 593 views)
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Old 01-18-2005, 05:47 PM
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Thumbs down Danny...

I have to say i really do love looking at your artwork!

Very inspirational you are!
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Old 01-21-2005, 10:30 AM
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Danny - have you tried screen instead of overlay? It gives a beautiful pastel watercolour effect.

Also try screen with a different Imp. style, but from the same 'family' - eg chalk basic for layer 1, and chalk detailed for layer 2 (screened) - same pastelly effect, but almost ethereal now. Pictures show the ethereally one, and the same one with increased saturation.

<Fluffbutt pads off to find a kitty dictionary to see if 'pastelly' is a real word!>
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File Type: jpg Swanboat Ethereal 35%Sat.jpg (71.0 KB, 414 views)

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