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Old 12-13-2005, 07:13 PM
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Thanks to all of you for your suggestions.
Jaykita, I tried to follow your steps, but I must be doing something wrong when it comes to the step 2. I did select a yellow from the picture, but when I double-click on the layer and choose Satin, it automatically selects black and doesn't let me change it.
I would greatly appreciate your help on this matter!
Thanks to all of you again,
Sylvia
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Old 12-13-2005, 09:18 PM
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Hi Sylvia..i use photoshop cs2. Which version are you using?
Anyway, basically the method is the same.
1. Bring up the "layer style" dialog box by double clicking on the highlighted layer.
2. Apply the "satin" effect by clicking on the little box next to the word "satin".
3. EDIT the satin effect by clicking once on the WORD "satin".
Now you will see the "blending mode" option with a black colored rectangle next to it. Thats the color option. Click on that and change the color to yellow. You will have to use the eyedropper for that. I also changed "distance" to 1 px. You can experiment.
Do try using the Help section if you have questions on the basic working of the software.
Good luck!!
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Old 12-13-2005, 09:19 PM
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Sylvia: I did a quick watercolor using the art history and history brushes.

Open an image, make color and other adjustments, save as a copy, close.

Re-open image, make a new layer and fill with a paper color. Select art history brushes from presets or brush tools. There are some specific watercolor brushes to choose from there. Paint using the art history brush on your paper layer, and then you can add back some detail using the history brush.

You can add some paper texture to finish. I also used a watercolor border from Extensis Photoframe.

Cathy
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Old 12-13-2005, 09:37 PM
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Cathy, thats so beautiful!
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Old 12-13-2005, 11:25 PM
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Oh wow, I love those colors!
Unfortunately, I don't have much time to fool around with "manual" work right now (I work full time), I'm just trying to do some nice Xmas cards for my family and I really have troubles getting those soft colors that you guys are so good with.
Is there a tutorial explaining the settings for that "satin" method? I tried it again and don't get anything remotely as cute as you girls do.
Thanks again for all your help.
Sylvia
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Old 12-14-2005, 01:15 PM
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Thanks Judy.
Sylvia, for a very fast approach try this:

Open duplicated image, filter>artistic>watercolor. Adjust to taste and apply.
Duplicate image layer>set to screen mode (to lighter image). If it still needs softer colors use hue/sat adjustments.

Quick watercolor border: new layer [over background image] fill with a paper color>select eraser brush and erase most of the layer and just keep a loose border. Add some texture: filter>texturizer>sandstone.

My sample took me about 5 minutes to do.

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Old 12-16-2005, 12:12 PM
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Hi Swampy,

Thanks for your suggestions. I tried it on my waterscenes, it didn't really achieved what I hoped.
I'm trying to get colors like on these examples:
http://laryl.com/gallery/album09/mgztxr
or
http://www.pbase.com/shariwb/image/32716596

Sylvia
Try this:

Copy Background Layer and name anisotropic
On anisotropic Layer - Filter>Stylise>Ainisotropic
Rotate 90deg clockwise
Repeat Filter>Stylise>Anisotropic
Rotate 90deg anticlockwise
Copy anisotropic Layer and name find edges
On find edges Layer - Filter>Stylise>Find Edges
Set Mode to Soft Light and Opacity to 75%
Flatten Layers and use Levels to taste
Use Filter>Texture>Texturiser and set to Sandstone.
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Old 12-16-2005, 07:57 PM
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Hello Cathy and Mal,

Thanks a lot for the explanation, nice job!!!

Right now, I'm not trying to alter the pictures by giving them a painted
look, I'm only trying to soften/beautify the colors. I suppose I just have to admit the fact that it doesn't work with all kinds of pictures...

Actually, it seems that maybe I could obtain these colors with styles or gradients. Has anybody tried that?

Thanks again for your suggestions,

Sylvia
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Old 12-16-2005, 09:34 PM
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If you want soft pastel colors or any other kinda color that you like, you can import the image that you like into Photoshop, and make a swatch of those colours and name it "Soft Pastel" or whatever. Of course, you want to minimize the total number of colors you want to use to about 50, via posterizing or other simplification methods. You can also download swatches from the internet too, particularly skin tones.

Then you import the image that you want to use that color combination on, and use the swatch you saved, and paint those colors only over the image, via masking, extraction and other techniques.

Attached is an image, showing both the soft effects to the very bold pop art effect, all in the same picture for a demonstration.

The original image is from http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/att...chmentid=24262
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Old 12-16-2005, 09:40 PM
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Sylvia

The photos that you referenced in your first message (the dog and the Indian man) have had painted effects added to them as well as color adjustments. To achieve those effects its a combination of techniques or computer applications.

There is no "magic bullet" to achieve these effects. As you can tell from all the proffered suggestions there are many ways to approach such a project. For many of us, it was trial and error, and learning techniques from those who give mini tutorials with their versions of a challenge.

Browse around the Photo-Art, and many mini challenges in this site. Short of purchasing Corel Painter (that can make so many "painted" looks easy) Photoshop is quite capable of doing what you want to do. Don't get discouraged, but take it as a personal challenge to explore various painting techniques. The PS Artistic Filters can get you started, but play with adjusting blend modes and saturations. It's lots of fun.
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