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VG SmudgeCheata action available...

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Old 10-18-2005, 02:00 PM
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VG SmudgeCheata action available...

Hey, everybody! I've developed a fairly simple action that allows you to get a start on the smudge paintings that are so popular now. It is written for CS2 but median or dust&scratches could be substituted for smart and surface blur. It works better on large images, say 1800 pixels and up.
Here are some samples outta the box:
http://www.vizualgroove.com/digitalimaging/cheata1.htm
http://www.vizualgroove.com/digitalimaging/beach1a.htm
http://www.vizualgroove.com/digitalimaging/beach1.htm
http://www.vizualgroove.com/digitalimaging/buck1.htm
http://www.vizualgroove.com/digitalimaging/heron1.htm
http://www.vizualgroove.com/digitalimaging/tigers1.htm
http://www.vizualgroove.com/digitalimaging/velvet1.htm
The heron and tiger pics are something else I'm working on with enhanced texturing. The velvet pic is one with enhanced facial skin quality in the works.
The action itself:
http://www.vizualgroove.com/digitali...gecheata4d.atn
You can control the texture/type or turn it off, control the amount of effect and have complete color/tonal control with adjustment layers.
Sorry, but there are no detailed instructions as each image has to be treated on its own merits but it shouldn't be hard to figure out, especially if you set the action to play one step at a time.
Regards,
VG
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Old 10-18-2005, 02:29 PM
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Hi VG
Do You mean that by using the substitutions this action could be used in ps7 ?
If yes, Could you please explain how you would do the substitution

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Old 10-18-2005, 02:38 PM
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Try this..

Open the action in the action pallete so it spreads out downward by clicking the arrow beside the action name. Find any steps named smart blur or surface blur. Left click on the first instance, then click on the record button. Select dust&scratches or median, make some settings then click apply. Click the action stop recording button. You can then do this for the rest of the other blurs and just leave the new smart and surface blur intact for when you upgrade by just unchecking that step. Be sure and save the action when you get through, preferably appending something to it so it won't get ovrerwritten.
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VG
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Old 10-18-2005, 02:41 PM
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Thanks vg
will try this tomorrow when the old grey cells are not so tired

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Old 10-20-2005, 02:39 PM
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Tried it !!

Hi Vg
It took a bit longer for the grey cells to recuperate but i got there i done the alterations as you suggested ( i just ignore the filter gallery and highlight shadow ones that appear) and it was easier that i anticipated ( me getting technical )
I have then spent to long playing with the action and have really enjoyed it i have included some samples I for one like the action and wait hoping that the next one willl be as good and can be run on ps7
One thing though i would change the name nobody wants to use a cheat

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Old 10-21-2005, 10:16 AM
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Thumbs down Far out..

Glad you could get it to work and those are good examples. If the textures get too much, just reduce the layer opacity or use a smaller value in the texture dialog. Also, you can smudge the bg layer some for even more of an effect.
I named it that literally because smudge painting is cheating!!
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Old 10-21-2005, 10:20 AM
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How can you call smudge painting cheating, it is merely a means to an end, just another technique
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Old 10-22-2005, 10:20 AM
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Agreed...

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How can you call smudge painting cheating, it is merely a means to an end, just another technique
Cassidy,
Don't let the junior member fool ya! I was doing this stuff before any of the forums like this were even around....
I also have an extensive WC, chalk, and charcoal bg, and my teachers always called it 'cheating' when you used a tracing even for layout, so I guess it came naturally for me to say that.
I'm the biggest advocate of any means to an end in my imaging so I totally agree with you.
VG
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Old 10-22-2005, 12:26 PM
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Thanks, VG, for sharing your handiwork. Each version of Cheata tops the previous.

In the Filter Gallery step, what effects are you applying? That would be one more way the PS7 folks (like me) could modify the action to get results a little closer to the CS2 version.

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Old 10-22-2005, 12:39 PM
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Thanks, VG, for sharing your handiwork. Each version of Cheata tops the previous.

In the Filter Gallery step, what effects are you applying? That would be one more way the PS7 folks (like me) could modify the action to get results a little closer to the CS2 version.

~Danny~
http://www.vizualgroove.com/digitali...heatatext1.htm
HTH,
VG
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