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Old 04-22-2003, 08:58 AM
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How did you achieve such distinctive sketch detail? Very impressive considering the characteristics of the original image.

I have been working on this look all weekend below are the steps I used for this image. I have used variations on other submission on the Member Posted challenges.

Create new layer
Desaturate the new layer
Adjust Levels (I have not gotten this part down to a science!) Adjust levels to bring out the definision for lines.
Adjust Curves - same here as with the Levels
Filters - Finde Edges
Select Color Range - Select the grey areas
Paint in white on the the selected area
I do this two or three times untill I get the look I want
If the lines left need to be enhanced--
Select Color Range - Select the black
Select Modify Border at about 1 or 2 then Paint in with black in the areas that need to be bolder.

Attached is a version using the above instructions - final step is history brush to bring in the color Opacity 74%
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Old 04-22-2003, 11:24 AM
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Mal, your first photo submittal to this forum has attracted the creative juices of a good many folks, resulting in a variety of lovely and interesting images! Nothing like a good photo to make us all salivate to get our hands into it.

Jill, thanks for the info on your new technique! I'll look forward to seeing more. As always, Jerry, Miki, Amanda, Angue, Phyllis, and Bill (again) - love to see your works. Mig -- An unusual, and unsettling take on the race.
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Old 04-22-2003, 09:00 PM
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Originally posted by jerry
Amanda..I'll make a deal with you..I'll return the other half of your brain, if you tell me how you did that really nice watercolor..I really like the soft look of that technique..

It's a technique I learned from Phyllis, so I can't take credit for it. Basically, it's Smart Blur, then unsharp mask. I might also do an Other/Custom in here if I feel like it. If your edges are too jagged, a nice anistropic diffuse will, um...diffuse things.

It's waaaay to easy to take any credit for.l
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