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Old 01-21-2007, 03:40 PM
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Re: Lancaster, PA farm

Phyllis,
thanks for your nice comment,
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..I can't get it to do anything like that!
but I am sure, you CAN !!
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Old 01-21-2007, 08:16 PM
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Here's my attempt.
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Old 01-22-2007, 10:04 AM
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Here's my attempt.
Welcome back, Gerry.

I see from your profile you graduated from Elements to Photoshop. (congrats... quite a leap). Did you use an action to create this one, or how?

~Danny~
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Old 01-22-2007, 10:53 AM
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Welcome back, Gerry.

I see from your profile you graduated from Elements to Photoshop. (congrats... quite a leap). Did you use an action to create this one, or how?

~Danny~
I duped the background layer, used a smart blur set at 15 and 60. Next i duped the blurred layer, did a smart blur set at 1, 9 and 10, inverted it, desaturated it and set the blending mode to multiply. Then I duped the blurred layer again and moved it to the top of the stack, inverted it and set the blending mode to color dodge. I took a dry brush, set the color to black and the opacity to 30% and painted over the top layer to get to watercolor effect. I painted over the buldings and a few trees to bring them out more. I duped this layer and set the blending mode to multiply to bring out the sky more. Finally, I added a layer mask to this layer and used the gradient tool (black to white) to tone down the lower part of the picture but leave the sky a little darker. The whole thing took about 10 minutes.

I've been working with CS2 for a year and a half now and enjoy it very much. The only new thing is that I graduated from a PC to an iMac Intel last year. I really love my Mac and don't plan to go back to the PC anytime soon, except to solve my wife's problems.

Thanks for the comment and compliment.

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Old 01-22-2007, 12:06 PM
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Gerry, gorgeous watercolor, and thanks for the method!

Palms, I lovvve that second one, like a crayon drawing!
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Old 01-22-2007, 01:02 PM
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Thanks for the compliment, Phyllis. And btw, this was done with CS3 Beta.
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Old 01-22-2007, 02:56 PM
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danny, i like yours. i think you've graduated up a notch in your oils!
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Old 01-23-2007, 02:26 AM
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Thanks for the great photo Frank. Here is my Photoshop version. I ran the cutout filter first and things kind of got out of hand from there. About 80% of the image is hand work. Spent a few hours on this one. By the way, this is what the scene looked like before they cut down the tree.
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Old 01-23-2007, 09:25 AM
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Re: Lancaster, PA farm

These are all so good. Love the tree addtion, Photomaster. It does add depth.

Here's my humble effort.

I don't remember all the steps, but I started by doing a Smart Sharpen to the absolute maximum settings. This really brought out the building features. Artistic filters and various blend modes from there.
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Old 01-23-2007, 10:56 AM
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Re: Lancaster, PA farm

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Do you have Painter, too? If so I'd be interested in your thoughts on SA vs. Painter.

Rumor is there will be a Studio Artist for Windows coming out this year.

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On mine I:
* Cropped
* Duplicated the Backround and increased the saturation on the new layer.
* Applied Trimoon's new "James Brown" Impressionist setting to simplify the image. Brush size = 400, Opacity = 100, Pressure 105. See: www.Trimoon.com - downloads
* Saved and closed file, then switched to Painter
* iIn various sizes applied Jeremy Sutton's Big_Wet_Delicious brush (from the CD that accompanies his Painter Creativity book) to smoosh the paint around. Then saved/closed.
* Opened the layered file in Photoshop again.
* Sharpened painted layer.
* Used Hue/Saturation and Selective Color adjustments to mess with colors.
* Duplicated the Background and copied the duplicate to the top of the layer stack.
* Applied Akvis > Sketch followed by Levels to get some nice edge lines. (Photoshop > Blur > Smart Blur > Edge Only followed by Ctrl + I would work, too.) Changed blend mode to Darken and added Layer Mask.
* Painted black on layer mask to suppress or tone down edges.

Whew...

~Danny~

fabulous ! By the way , I couldn't find the James Brown setting at trimoon's.
~Diane
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