JC & Diane, glad you like the butterfly. (JustChecking, I think I finally "got" your user name! Some of us are slower than others ) Here's a link to the tutorial I used in this one. It's easy to follow, and like most good tutorials could be put to a number of uses.
PS: wonderful one, Neve!
originally it really was... i've been signing in to my first board at like 4am, so my brain didn't work enough to think of anything good...
since then, i use the explanation you gave as a reason for the name, but originally it was really just an accident...
Yes, JC, that's what I finally "got", that you were "Just Czeching"
Anyone who inspires so much conversation over his name has found a good user name.
Neve, glad you found the link useful. Isn't the internet wonderful!?!
1. Filter>Artistic> Watercolor
2. Pattern Overlay >Clouds
Blend mode set to Overlay. Opacity lowered to 25(this will help give the wet edge look)
3. Luminosity Mask (Ctrl+Alt+ ~), Mode set to Screen
4. Merge Layers (make sure not to merge the original image. Make the original image layer not visible and then click on merge visible to create a new merged layer)
5. Art History Brush (set to original image). Setting Tight Short, dab strokes along flower and butterfly
6. NIK filters: Pastel, Ph.Styler Varitone (this converts the colors to bright and saturated)
7. Selected the blacks on the flower and toned down to green
8. Selective Color Adjustment layer to tweak colors
9. Texturizer –Art Paper Added
10. Splat > Edges>Torn Paper
11. Added drop shadow
Last edited by T Paul; 03-13-2005 at 02:23 PM. Reason: added step
Facinating technique and supurb results.
Try as I may I couldn't even come close to the "wet edges" look you achieved. Once the Luminosity mask was active, you used AHB to paint within the selection?
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The other day I discovered another Impressionist setting that is quickly becoming a favorite: Stamp > Dry Rag. It renders a kind of watercolor like effect. I was experimenting with variations of that style on this one to create an underlying color layer.
After applying Stamp > Dry Rag, I set the foreground color to black (press D key) and Select > Color range to select the black blotches. Select > Inverse (to select the non-black parts of the image) then applied Impressionist. The color was nice, but it left the butterfly alone which looked weird. I repleated the Select > Color range exercise again. I deleted the active selection via Edit > Cut, leaving "holes" where the black had been.
The "blackless layer" was duplicated and the one below it was stretched/moved to cover up the holes left by the cut.
To get a nice butterfly outline:
* Copy the base layer
* Smart Blur / Edges Only
* Ctrl + I (to invert)
* Stylize > Diffuse > Anisotropic
* Unsharp Mask
Show Channels Palette
* Ctrl + click on the RGB composite channel (loads the selection)
* Select > Inverse (select the lines)
Back to Layers Palette
* Turn off all layers except for Base
* Click on Base (make it the active layer)
* Ctrl + J to create a layer of "colored lines". I think these look better than all black.
Anyway, that's the general idea...
Thanks again, T, for another inspiring post.
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