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Old 06-20-2007, 11:37 AM
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Re: Pencil Pixels 2!!!

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In Elements (or Photoshop) try the following:
* Duplicate Background
* Blur > Smart Blur (normal) - Experiment with the settings. The objective is to simplify the image a bit
* Stylize > Diffuse > Anisotropic - Apply maybe a couple of times. Some people (like Mike Finn, an accomplished action author) rotate the image 90 degrees between applications.
* Sharpen > Unsharp mask - to taste
* Levels, Hue/Saturation - to taste

Some combination of the above steps should get you in the ballpark.
Gonna try it!

Many thanks for posting it. Will see if I can get close.

Steve C.
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Old 06-20-2007, 01:04 PM
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Re: Pencil Pixels 2!!!

OK Danny here's first try with your technique.

Pretty close, but I still need to play with blur and USM adjustments a little more to get it better.

Thanks again.

Steve C.
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Old 06-20-2007, 02:49 PM
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OK Danny here's first try with your technique.

Pretty close, but I still need to play with blur and USM adjustments a little more to get it better.

Thanks again.

Steve C.
As you know, half the fun is in the trying!

Try sharpening before the Anisotropic and/or apply Smart Blur multiple times or ...??? I was just messing with your pic here. See History palette for semi-random approach.

Bottom line: Experiment, experiment & experiment some more.
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Old 06-20-2007, 03:05 PM
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Re: Pencil Pixels 2!!!

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As you know, half the fun is in the trying!

Try sharpening before the Anisotropic and/or apply Smart Blur multiple times or ...??? I was just messing with your pic here. See History palette for semi-random approach.

Bottom line: Experiment, experiment & experiment some more.
Yeah, got it!

Here are a couple more before and after. I'll try some multiples on it and see what I get. Altho I probably won't be that agressive with the stuff I do. Depends on the image I suppose.

Many thanks.

Steve C.
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Old 06-20-2007, 03:19 PM
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Ok Danny, here's what I got by re-using the settings on the image. It's amazing how you still keep the edges in tact yet have a nice smooth finish to everything.

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Old 06-20-2007, 04:09 PM
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Re: Pencil Pixels 2!!!

You're rockin, now. Well done.

It occurs to me that another way to simplify (in lieu of Smart Blur) is to try Artistic > Cutout. Too many options, too little time!

Glad you have discovered this method and added it to your bag of tricks. I learned the basics of it from Mike Finn a couple years ago. There are several directions one can take it. Works great "on the right image."
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Old 06-21-2007, 10:23 AM
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Re: Pencil Pixels 2!!!

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You're rockin, now. Well done.

It occurs to me that another way to simplify (in lieu of Smart Blur) is to try Artistic > Cutout. Too many options, too little time!

Glad you have discovered this method and added it to your bag of tricks. I learned the basics of it from Mike Finn a couple years ago. There are several directions one can take it. Works great "on the right image."
Instead of smart blur I tried Buzz Simplifier. Liked smart blur better, but I think with a little experimentation Buzz might work too. For me the cutout left too many places where the edges were broken or the detail was missing.

Am sure I will end up trying this method in combination with other plugins and see what I come up with.

Again many thanks. I appreciate the time you took to work with me on this.

Steve C.
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