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Old 12-02-2007, 01:42 PM
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Creative Interpretations - Lakeside Estate

Here's a photo waiting to be painted. Needs a little color adjusting, but oh the possibilities!

I used Nagel's Ragged Water Color for a PST brush (pretty big size) with impressionist turned ON to lay the background color. I'm just loving the multi color blotches of paint it lays down in such a random way. Same brush (new layer on top of the background) lower opacity, to add back a little detail.

Used a desaturated copy of the original (with some distortion) set to soft light, over these two paint layers.
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Old 12-02-2007, 02:39 PM
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Re: Creative Interpretations - Lakeside Estate

That's a really nice setting!

I've looked at some of your pictues now, and there are a few things that keeps nagging me... :-)

- Often, the texturing (paper) seem somewhat overlayed (as in not integrated with the image).

- Image detail should be, at least partly, reduced. It's too close to the richness of a photo, and the overall equal detailing makes it look fake. Try playing with smart blur (or manual reducing). In this particular image for example, the house and all the bricks where to lifelike, I think.

- Some displacement, distorting of lines and areas would be fine, again - to remove the most disturbing photoreal-qualities.

- Colors... let some colors be more vivid to take it another little step away from its photgraphic base.

- Regarding details, you could experiment a lot - choosing certain parts to be more important than others, as painters do. They are subjective, while a camera shot is more informative (I'm swedish, and can't find a better way to put it right now, sorry...)

- I also used a blurred version of the whole image, and set that layer to overlay 30% to enhance the contrast a little.

But maybe the image is totally according to your intentions?
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Old 12-02-2007, 02:50 PM
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Re: Creative Interpretations - Lakeside Estate

Sort of a TK like setting (maybe not the right time of day). Used Xero's Soft Mood to start things out, but did a lot of other things too.
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Old 12-02-2007, 03:10 PM
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Re: Creative Interpretations - Lakeside Estate

Thank you for your comments, Jan. I'm always looking to learn and improve. I'm posting a new version with less detail in the house and no texture. :-) For my workflow, I usualy do a stamp merge layer and add texture last. When I send a piece out for giclee, I have the original with no texture, because the giclee canvas will add enough for the piece.

Nice, LK, except that black thing in the left foreground. I think your filter removed the color and detail. You captured some nice fall colors though.
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Old 12-02-2007, 04:03 PM
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Re: Creative Interpretations - Lakeside Estate

What a great place to live ........if only

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Old 12-02-2007, 04:32 PM
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What a great place to live ........if only

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Hey now!...That's really good! REALLY good!

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Old 12-02-2007, 04:40 PM
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Re: Creative Interpretations - Lakeside Estate

Nice manipulation, Peter. The drop shadow just tops it off.
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Old 12-02-2007, 04:46 PM
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Re: Creative Interpretations - Lakeside Estate

I should never look at all the postings before I submit. Peter's version is going to shoot down anything I post. But I've got guts so here is mine.

As someone else pointed out, the original has Kinkade written all over it.

Here are a couple of attempts.

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Old 12-02-2007, 05:04 PM
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Hey now!...That's really good! REALLY good!

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Thanks Steve
Now I'm really hoping you mean the picture and not the comment (my insecure side is coming out here)

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Nice manipulation, Peter. The drop shadow just tops it off.
Well I think I'm stealing someones ideas there but I had to do it.

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I should never look at all the postings before I submit. Peter's version is going to shoot down anything I post. But I've got guts so here is mine.
Thanks again Steve, I like what you've done with the water with these, very nice.

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Old 12-02-2007, 05:18 PM
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Re: Creative Interpretations - Lakeside Estate

Suppose I should have brought out the contrast in the dark areas before process Dee Dee. Oh well.
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