Welcome to RetouchPRO. I can see why this picture is special to you. Thanks for posting it so some of us can have some fun.
As a rule I'm ususally pretty diligent about taking detailed notes about how I create a particular image, but quite frankly this time was an exception. I was just experimenting... pretty making it up as I went along.
I can tell you this...
* Resized the image to approx 8"x10" at 72 ppi.
* For part of it I used action 7ART-Watercolor and Ink 2.1-djr available in the the collection located here:
* One layer was generated using Photoshop's Artistic > Dry Brush filter
* For two layers I used a plugin Microsoft Impressionist, available to folks who have Front Page 98. (I got my copy from a FP98 CD I bought through an eBay auction.)
* I used a lot of layer masks to blend the layers together. Here are two very good layer mask tutorials:
* I added a new layer at the top of the layer stack, filled it with 50% gray via Edit > Fill, set the blend to Overlay, lowered the opacity to about 70% and applied a canvas texture with the Texturizer filter.
* The frame was created by using the Edit > Stroke function on two layers.
Thanks again for sharing the lovely image to work with. I hope you and Pat like it and that my sketchy notes give you a few useful ideas.
Danny--It's got a painted look to it. That was an interesting combo you used. You remind me that I tend to get into a rut and use a single filter family when I play.
I went with impressionist as well, using the same steps as challenge 153--kelly http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/sho...&threadid=6885
That's an excellent photo of your wife. I enjoyed working on it. The color of her hair was fun as different effects toned it down and brightened it up as I went along--I think it ended with a pretty good match.
1. USM radius 2
3. Flatten and duplicate layer
4. Run Paint Engine - arctic on duplicate layer
5. Add layer mask and paint the pupils of eye back in.
7. Use clone brush to remove streaks along sharp edges of dress, handkerchief, and lips.
8. Add pattern layer and select brush pattern (I used a sharp vanGogh).
9. Add text layer and typed in name
11. Resize to 72 ppi and 600 pixels high (this probably should have been done at the beginning; but I didn't realize the file was 300 ppi until I started to save it).
12. Save for web at 100K
After looking at this, I think I should have darkened the area beneath the eyes a bit.
All very wonderful submissions on a very lovely lady.
I used the clone stamp and healing brush on the face. also selected areas of the face I use Hue/Sat to bring down the washed out uneven tone. Did some doge and burn. Used a gaussian blur to soften and render lighting omni. Added light sandstone texture and vignette.
Well done on both, Steve. I especially like the BW. The tutorial will be an instant classic.
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