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Creative interpretations: Marble Flowers

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Old 10-09-2005, 09:18 AM
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Phil, I like the effect as you just posted it. Threshold on red and green layers, huh? I'll have to remember that technique. I need to investigate displacement maps more. I have one of water that I downloaded from somewhere that I've used a number of times in creating backgrounds for ads.
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Old 10-09-2005, 10:32 AM
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well, i had to jump into this bed... flowers, bed...never mind.

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Old 10-09-2005, 10:48 AM
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Craig: Subtile, but effective. How did you maintain the gray?
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Old 10-09-2005, 01:25 PM
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dee dee,

thanks, but if i knew how i did it, i'd have to kill myself

i can tell you some of what i did, but when doing artistic things like this, i do and undo and add so many different things that i never try to keep track of the workflow. but...

i duped the background.
duped it again and set top layer to mutiply and saved off as a new image
did this again only using burn this time.
again, using overlay.
again, using screen.
i then put all these new images back into the original (yeah, easier ways to do it, but i like doing it this way so i can save off the pulled images separately )
then, i just began playing with blending modes and ajustment layers. i think there's a contrast/lighten layer in there.

oh, and the first thing i did was to actually clean the original image up. there were a number of spots here and there and quite a few aliased lines that needed smoothing up. i also ran something to sharpen a bit and that may be why i had the aliased lines.

i also added some blank raster layers. in one, i filled with a 50% gray fill. in another i tried a gradient fill. not sure if i ended up using those layers or not.

and on another blank raster layer i just started painting with an airbrush in different colors. i was not particularly careful with the spraying on purpose. the reason for that is that i then set this layer to a blend mode that erased the spray that went over the edges. sorry, i forget which blend that was.

basically, what i did in theory was, i only painted the lit areas. i accomplished that by using blending modes that would highlight the brighter areas and darken the dark areas. this gave me a very high contrast image of light and shadow. with the new raster layer i then painted the lit areas with mostly appropriate colors.

ah, and here's the final step, mostly. with the image in high contrast, and colors painted, i took the original cleaned up image and made another layer of it on top of eveything. i set this to about a 50% opacity with a blending mode of hard light. that brightened up all the dark areas without paint and highlighted the painted areas for contrast.

i'll tell ya, i sure wish these paint programs would save off the work history in a separate file or script. it would just be so much easier than relying on my poor old memory

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Old 10-10-2005, 07:58 AM
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Lots of new techniques there, Craig. Thanks for passing them along. Like you, I can spend hours just playing with an image and learning new things.
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Old 10-10-2005, 12:25 PM
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dee dee,

yup, lots of times i'll just start playing with no real end view in sight. i'll see something and go, 'i wonder what would happen if...'. after doing that 50 times or so, i sometimes get lucky

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Old 10-25-2005, 06:56 PM
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Swampy, this looked like an easy enough challenge, but I had the darndest time coming up with anything postable. Not sure I did, but you gotta admit, it's different
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Old 10-25-2005, 10:48 PM
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catherine,

how cool! the honeycomb effect! havent seen that in a long time. thank you

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Brass Flowers

I'm like you craig, nothing planned it just seems to evolve. Anyway this looks like brass to me.
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Hi
Like Catherine i had a hard job coming up with anything i liked with this challenge all though i loved the picture. But kept going back to it and trying things out

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