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Impressionist plugin: Examples using your own pictures

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Old 04-20-2004, 06:38 PM
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Impressionist plugin: Examples using your own pictures

A good friend, Harry Ellerton, who was recently inspired by one of Duv's creations, had a suggestion: "How about a thread dedicated to creations rendered exclusively by the Microsoft Impressionist plugin (PC only) with the requirement that specific Impressionist setting details be provided..."

Sounds like fun!

Guidelines:
* No Buzz, Flaming Pear, Virtual Painter, Zero, etc. filters/plugins
* No arty or distortion filters
* OK to sharpen or use filters like Unsharp Mask, Find Edges or Smart Blur/Edge Only for edge definition. Adjustment Layers OK, too.

Include the Impressionist Category and Varient, e.g., Chalk-Chunk Strokes. If you make setting changes, please note them, otherwise default settings are assumed.

Go for it!

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Use your own "before" picture. You don't need to use the one I used.

There's no time limit on this. Add to this thread whenever you're inspired to do so.

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Details on mine (see Layers Palette snapshot). Image built from the bottom up.
* Layer A: Copy of Background. Impressionist Watercolor: Damp Translucent Wash. Setting changes: Background = Image. Pressure = 100.
* B: Copy of Background. (Pin Light) Pencil Sketch: Soft Detailed (default settings)
* C: Copy of Background. (Luminosity). Layer > Add Layer Mask > Hide all. Painted white around leg area to restore a little detail.

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OK... Your turn. Let's see some creative uses of Impressionist.

Thanks, Harry, for the idea, and to Tom Judd who inspired me to rewrite the instructions for my initial creation!

~Danny~
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File Type: jpg Cambridge Student Impressionist orig.jpg (71.3 KB, 871 views)
File Type: jpg Cambridge Student Impressionist djr.jpg (68.9 KB, 1338 views)
File Type: jpg Cambridge Student Impressionist djr-LP.jpg (22.8 KB, 568 views)

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Old 04-21-2004, 09:26 AM
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Style: Pointillist Sparse
Background: Dark Blue
Brush: 25%
coverage: 100%
Pressure: 200
Added Sandwater Silver frame.

Cheers
Dave
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File Type: jpg CI-yachts-at-the-finish-AHolder.jpg (98.5 KB, 614 views)
File Type: jpg D-yachts-at-the-finish-AHolder.jpg (76.2 KB, 1142 views)
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Old 04-21-2004, 10:51 PM
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How could I resist this one. I read the directions as 1 pass of impressionist and nothing else, so here it is.

Custom preset 01 CH textured--crackled paint 1

General
background: sepia image
brush size 100%
coverage 98
pressure 105

Brush
brush--pain2c (use family)
smudge 0
pressure 105

Size
number of sizes 3
min 6
max 10

Color
Stroke color--from image
Jitter H 5, S 5, B 5
brightness 50
contrast 60

Paper
texture roughsto (might not be built in--I've made lots of custom paper) --edit--invert texture--
scale 50
grain 25
relief 2
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File Type: jpg CI-Old-Wagon-Lorrainewb.jpg (84.1 KB, 1159 views)

Last edited by Cheryl H; 04-21-2004 at 11:04 PM. Reason: forgot a setting
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Old 04-21-2004, 11:23 PM
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You shouldn't have gotten me started.

I wanted to share a technique I use in addition to settings.

Settings for custom a custom Impressionist brush I created ("02 CH non-textured--smudge 1"), which was used on both interpretations:

General
background--image
coverage 96
pressure 80

Brush
smud3c (use family)

Size
number of sizes-4
min 6
max 12

Stroke
H5, B5, S10

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Before applying the settings above on the first (left) attachment, I created a selection using the following steps.

1. Image > Mode > CYMK
2. Duplicate black channel (turn it off so it looks normal)
3. Image > Mode > RGB
4. Load black copy as a selection
5. Run Impressionist

Applying Impressionist with this selection active preserves some of the image detail.

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[For those into actions, I wrote one (attached below) that performs the steps Cheryl described above. - Danny]

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Modified by DannyR to clarify steps and add PS action.
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File Type: jpg ci-student-wb1.jpg (61.2 KB, 325 views)
File Type: jpg CI-Student-wb-2.jpg (62.9 KB, 655 views)
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File Type: zip ART-CMYK K channel selection.zip (1.1 KB, 288 views)

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Old 04-23-2004, 02:06 PM
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Take note of the 1st post: I tweaked the guidelines a bit. (Rank has it privs.!)

While Impressionist does some wonderful textures and stroke effects, on some images you need to restore some detail/line definition on top of what's been done with Impressionist.

Hence, the following:
* Duplicated Background
* Applied Impressionist Chalk - Chunky Strokes
* Duplicated BG again
* Applied Blur > Smart Blur > Edge Only and CTRL + I to invert the result. Changed blend mode to Darken.
* Added a Layer Mask and zapped unwanted lines.
* Added a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and boosted Saturation to about 40

For some real interesting results, try the Apply Image command on the layer created by Impressionist.

~Danny~
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File Type: jpg Cabernet-before.jpg (44.0 KB, 419 views)
File Type: jpg Cabernet-RP-djr.jpg (75.9 KB, 998 views)
File Type: jpg Cabernet-RP-djr-LP.jpg (34.9 KB, 333 views)
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Old 04-23-2004, 02:26 PM
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The image on the left (the clearer one) has the black channel loaded as a selection. I like this technique since I get the impressionist feel but still keep some detail.

Apply image looks interesting--I'm going to have to play with it this weekend.
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Old 04-23-2004, 05:31 PM
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Chalk-Detailed Opaque Strokes can be customized to render more or less detail by selecting different brush tips or adjusting options like brush size, coverage or pressure.

In this one...
* Layer A: Duplicate Background. Apply Impressionst Chalk-Detailed Opaque Strokes. Brush settings: Size, Coverage and Pressure to 60, 100, 100.
* B: Duplicate A and apply Unsharp Mask
* C: Duplicate Background again. Apply Impressionst Chalk-Detailed Opaque Strokes. Changed brush to chak6b.tif. Added Layer Mask and blended with layers below.
* D: Duplicate Background again. Apply Crayon-Short Choppy Strokes. This setting "breaks up" solid color areas like the background wall and some of the umbrella panels. I then applied Charcoal-Default to give it more of a brushed look. Added Layer Mask and blended with layers below.
* E: Added Hue/Sat adjustment layer to boost colors.

Are we having fun yet?

~Danny~
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File Type: jpg Kids-with-Umbrellas-orig.jpg (51.5 KB, 252 views)
File Type: jpg Kids-with-Umbrellas-djr.jpg (65.8 KB, 710 views)
File Type: jpg Kids-with-Umbrellas-djr-LP.jpg (42.1 KB, 178 views)
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Old 04-24-2004, 01:34 AM
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Used the action I wrote and posted above in Cheryl's post to create a selection based on the Black channel from a CMYK version of the image. (Pretty slick method, CH!!)

Then Impressionist - Chalk: Detailed Opaque Strokes was applied to a duplicate of the Background. The selection resulted in the retention of detail in several important areas of the image, e.g., tree trunks and larger limbs and people.

Deselected and duplicated the layer just rendered. Applied Impressionist - Chalk: Detailed Opaque Strokes again changing the Brush/Coverage/Pressure settings to 166, 90, 96 for a different look. Blended this layer with the layer below with a layer mask.

~Danny~
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File Type: jpg IMP-Paris-by-the-Seine-Maxine-orig.jpg (88.0 KB, 260 views)
File Type: jpg IMP-Paris-by-the-Seine-Maxine-djr.jpg (28.1 KB, 748 views)
File Type: jpg IMP-Paris-by-the-Seine-Maxine-LP.jpg (31.8 KB, 179 views)
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Old 04-24-2004, 05:24 PM
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This is the most fun I've had in a while. Thanks, Harry, for suggesting this thread.

On this one:
* Layer A: Duplicated the Background and applied Impressionist Crayon: Short Choppy Strokes.
* A: Changed the layer blend mode from Normal to Hard Light.
* B: Duplicated layer B and applied the Charcoal: Default variant 4 times to "rough up" the water a bit. Used a Layer Mask to selectively apply the effect.

~Danny~
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File Type: jpg Portugese-fishing-boats-1-orig.jpg (42.0 KB, 186 views)
File Type: jpg Portugese-fishing-boats-2-crayon-SCS.jpg (56.6 KB, 590 views)
File Type: jpg Portugese-fishing-boats-3-LP.jpg (19.6 KB, 147 views)
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Old 04-24-2004, 06:36 PM
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Here's another variation on the boats...

Layer A: Duplicate Background.
A: Blur > Smart Blur (Edge Only). Experiment with the settings.
A: Ctrl + I (invert) to get black lines on a white background.
A: Blur > Gaussian Blur (~ 1 pxl or so)
A: Sharpen > Unsharp Mask. Experiment with the settings.
A: Stylize > Diffuse > Anisotropic
A: Sharpen > Unsharp Mask. Experiment with the settings.

The result you get will probably be somewhat different than what I got due to setting variances. Not to worry. It'll be okay.

B: Duplicate layer A. Paint over "the black lines in the water" with white.

C: Duplicate B. Apply Impressionist's Pencil Sketch: Detailed Monochrome variant.

C: Immediately afterwards Edit > Fade (60% opacity) was applied to back off the effect a bit.

D: The original background was duplicated an dragged to the top of the layer stack.

D: Impressionist's Crayon - Short Choppy Strokes variant was applied.

D: Blend mode changed from Normal to Hard Light.

Optional (not shown), but I like this A LOT:

E: To the top of the layer stack, add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer. Saturation = -100, Lightness = +50. This gives it a gray/pencil-like look.

Are we having fun yet?

~Danny
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File Type: jpg Portugese-fishing-boats II-A.jpg (58.0 KB, 233 views)
File Type: jpg Portugese-fishing-boats II-B.jpg (52.6 KB, 200 views)
File Type: jpg Portugese-fishing-boats II-C.jpg (49.8 KB, 256 views)
File Type: jpg Portugese-fishing-boats II-D.jpg (69.0 KB, 586 views)
File Type: jpg Portugese-fishing-boats II-LP.jpg (32.9 KB, 193 views)
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