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Old 04-15-2009, 06:33 PM
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AMAZING PICS, How to do this style

I was browsing the internet and came across these nice photos.
How do we create this type of effect?
Is there a particular programme or plug in (or action) that can come close to this style?
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Old 04-15-2009, 09:33 PM
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Re: AMAZING PICS, How to do this style

first, i'd have to see the originals to tell exactly, but you can reproduce this effect with a noise distortion and masks... to some extent. you can also simply use brushes. take the first image, the woman, and notice what is slightly distorted and what's not. what looks like brushing and what doesnt. the artist carefully avoided doing anything to the face. thus, i'm guessing it was masked. other portions have little done also. you can achieve some the background with smudging and/or paintbrush (with the right brush). notice what shows up in detail and what doesnt. notice the complements of colors and the contrasts. and notice the position of the woman, as well. notice how the blurry parts lead you to the sharp parts and how the dark leads you to the light. the sharpest, brightest portion of the image is her face. the rest gets progressively smudged as you move away from there. this is a fairly common effect with portrait photographers. it's all designed to show off that pretty face. and notice how there are bright spots in the background around her head, also adding to the highlighting effect. and, the second image is using almost exactly the same techniques. it's very effective and very popular.
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Old 04-15-2009, 10:09 PM
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Re: AMAZING PICS, How to do this style

There is no program or plugin to reproduce this look by "automatic" means.

The technique to investigate is known as smudge painting (or smudging). It can be done using programs like Photoshop, Corel Painter, Elements & Paintshop Pro using "smudge" brushes ("blender" brushes in Painter) to apply strokes manually.

Most people who utilize this technique spend hours on a given piece of art. If you're looking for "fast," this is not the way to go. If you're OK with a fairly long process, the method is worth learning.

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Old 04-15-2009, 10:49 PM
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Re: AMAZING PICS, How to do this style

I think you could do this in Painter.
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Old 04-16-2009, 03:40 AM
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Re: AMAZING PICS, How to do this style

I think this is more of a painter look than ps

take a look at Faye Sirkis's work

but as Danny has pointed out it is not a one click technique

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Old 04-16-2009, 02:41 PM
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wow, cool effect
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Old 04-21-2009, 09:50 AM
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Old 04-22-2009, 02:51 AM
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Re: AMAZING PICS, How to do this style

Hi Marilyn

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Re: AMAZING PICS, How to do this style

There is a way to achieve something CLOSE to this:

Take a piccy, make multiple layers of the same content (copy base layer up about 5 times).

Now, working from lowest (not base layer) up, select areas of:
1. extreme outside background
2. general background
3. subject unimportant areas
4. subject important areas (hands/breasts/legs/neck
5. subject face (face only)

Now, for each layer, make the selection a mask to show ONLY the selected bits

Run impressionist filter with harsher and coarser tools on lower number layers, up to layer 3

Layer 4 has a fine impressionist effect

Layer 5 has a very fine effect, maybe even a layer 5a on top untouched with 33% transparency on it.

(It does NOT have to be the same impressionist effect.eg:
Layer 1 = chalk, loose. Layer 2 = chalk, tight & fine. Layer 3 = amateur painter. Layer 4 = old master. Layer 5 = old master, small brush, with layer 5a untouched on top at 50%.

Now go back to each layer and use the paint bruch to blend the layer mask edges back together, to ease the joins between effects.

If the colour has wandered, copy base layer up to layer 6 and overylay it in colour mode.

I never said it'd be quick, but you should get good results.
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