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Old 12-11-2005, 12:04 PM
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watercolor/pastel colors

Hello,
Does anybody know of a way to give a picture those soft watercolor or pastel colors? Is there a pluging or an action that does the trick?
Thanks for your suggestions,
Sylvia
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Old 12-11-2005, 01:15 PM
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Hi, Sylvia

What program are you using?

Making duplicate copies of the original and setting blend modes along with curves and saturation adjustments go a long way to getting that soft look.
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Old 12-11-2005, 09:33 PM
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Hi Swampy,
I use Photoshop CS. I've tried lots of things but can't seem to get the colors right.
Thanks for your suggestions.
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Old 12-12-2005, 09:49 AM
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Sylvia,

I've taken a very dark image and made a pastel version in Photoshop trying not to wash out too many details.

1. Duplicate Background Layer (Layer 2), Desaturate with a Hue Saturation Adjustment layer and merge the adjustment down. Set the Blend mode for this layer to Screen with Opacity at 100%

2. Duplicate the Desaturated Layer, On this new Layer (3) Run Filter-Stylize-Find Edges, Set Blend Mode to Soft Light with and Opacity of 50% (The find edges filter will help retain details.)

3 Create a Curves Adjustment Layer (4) and set the midtone input/output to 129/157. Set this layer's blend mode to Screen with opacity at about 20%

Now you can play with the opacity's of different layers or the adjustment numbers to fine tune the pastel effect.

This is a very down and dirty quick start, but it should get you pointed in the right direction.

Here's the Before and after files. Hope this helps.
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Old 12-12-2005, 07:14 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

Attached is one of the pictures I'm trying to give these soft colors to.

Here's a bigger version of it:
Saint-Malo2.jpg

Thanks again for your suggestions,

Sylvia
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Old 12-12-2005, 08:49 PM
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Sylvia, this seems to be a nice tutorial on watercolor posted by Danny Raphael in the other thread:

http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/photo...ter/expt01.pdf
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Old 12-13-2005, 06:21 AM
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Hi Sylvia! First of all, maybe this isnt at all what you want. In case you do, i took the liberty of using your photo to do a wc, using some of photoshop's built in filters and tools. Your source image file is very small though.
Anyway here's what i did.
1. Increased the saturation.
2. Used layer style (the window will open when you double click on the highlighted layer in the layers palette) - satin - and chose a color yellow from the image, mode multiply (which is the default). Layer palette blend normal.
3. Duplicated this image, again double-clicked to bring up the layer style window. Clicked on "satin", chose a bright pink from the image this time, blend mode soft light.
Changed Layer palette blend to screen.
By now i got some of the pretty colors you're probably looking for.
4. Next i applied the noise - median filter to it.
6. Sharpened slightly using filter - aristic -paint daubs.
As a final touch, filled a blank layer with blue, and used a layer mask to paint back most of the image.
7. Texture - sandstone.
Hope this helps a bit.
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Old 12-13-2005, 06:31 AM
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A real quickie, I duplicated the main pic, desaturated it and then ran the filter accented edges on it and ensured that the edges were darker than bright. Set the Blending mode to Colour Dodge and then dropped the opacity to around 77%.
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Old 12-13-2005, 06:40 AM
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Another quick variation.

1. Duplicate Layer
2. Desaturate Duplicate Layer
3. Filter, coloured pencil
4. Set blending mode to Linear Dodge
5. Merge Layers to new Layer
6. Run slight rough pastel filter
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Old 12-13-2005, 07:26 AM
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Sylvia

My mistake. I thought you were just looking for pastel colors. Didn't realize you wanted a full blown watercolor effect until you posted the samples with texture, bursh effects etc.

My version gets closer to painterly watercolor just by running an additional find edges and adding texture to the finished version above.
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