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Creative Interpretations: Mare and Colt

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Old 10-01-2003, 04:25 AM
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Mother and Child

I really should post the original for others to play with, huh!

I'll try find it and post it in.

This is a 5 layer combination on paint engine, chalk and charcoal, both screened, the flattened and new layer multiply (a fre layers as needed to get depth), then the shadows maksed out and removed (with a transparency to the mask so as not to remove 100% of shadows).

Then result is a piccy with the colour pencil hatching, details in the hilights, without black black shadows. Whadaya think?
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Old 10-01-2003, 04:27 AM
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Here it is, the original..
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Old 10-01-2003, 04:30 AM
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Another piccy (I'll try find original too).

Exact same technique, but different paint engine setings, and a different setting to filters (and I added a graphic pen somewhere in the horses picture, in colour mode. Forgot to add that to the list)
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Old 10-01-2003, 05:53 AM
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Hey Fluff!

I really like the effect that you've got there. Although, at the risk of sounding like a dill, what's this "paint engine" that you're talking about?

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Old 10-01-2003, 10:00 AM
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Nah, not a dill. The stupidity comes in NOT asking something you don't know.. not in asking...

always question.. always (conspiracy theorist here.. LOL)

Paint Engine is a freeware tool Copyright © Fantastic Machines 1995-1998.

It has a large number of rather esoteric sliders that are easy to use, easy to see what they do, but bugger me if I (We?) know WHY or HOW they do it.

http://www.fantasticmachines.com/download-tc.htm is the place to get it.

I havn't really found a tutorial on it, but there's some preset settings here on the R'Pro forums.
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Old 10-01-2003, 02:10 PM
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Hey, Fluff:

Nice pic for us to play with. Here's my cut at it.

Basic approach:
* Cropped
* Replaced extraneous shadow in right foreground
* Did some color enhancement with a Hue/Sat adjustment layer
* Merged visible layers into a separate layer
* Applied a "blown skys" action to give the sky some color (hadn't tried this one before... it's okay)
See: www.outdooreyes.com/photosection20.php3
* Applied PS Dry Brush filter
* Saved and opened in Painter 8 to give it a more painted look

- - - - - - - -

GC: Go ahead and arty it up!
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Old 10-01-2003, 08:49 PM
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Danny, I LOVE that one.

That painter 8 must be pretty good. Does it use "natural" brushes - you know, like using a real one, but with da mousie?
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Old 10-01-2003, 09:39 PM
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Fluff:

Thanks for your kind words.

Yep...Painter's strong suit is it's natural media brush collection: Oils, Pastel, Chalk, Pencils, Acrylics, Watercolors (to die for, if you know how to paint with watercolors - I don't. They even 'run' [like real WC would] as you apply the stroke], Felt Pen, Crayons, Ink, Charcoal, Impasto-like effects, paper textures that react to brush strokes, etc. In the right hands (not mine by a long shot), the possibilities of the program are nothing short of amazing.

Painter 8 comes with about 400 factory brush settings plus you can create/customize your own brushes if 400 aren't enough. You can import/install brushes defined by other folks, too.

It's like Photoshop in the sense you more you know about the application, the more you realize you don't know about it.

At the moment I'm using a mouse. Folks with their yogurt together use a pen/tablet and get "real control" over their strokes.

~Danny~
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Old 10-01-2003, 11:26 PM
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Fluff--Thanks for sharing--this was a nice pic to work with. I'll agree that paint engine is a great filter.

Danny--nice result with painter. It looks like you're having fun with it.

I'm still stuck in impressionist mode. I love this plug-in. This was done with an impressionist action I've added since I sent out the last revision. For those with my presets, it goes like this:

Bottom layer--crackled paint 1 (textured)
Next layer up--mosaic 1b (textured) opacity 50%
Next up--a copy of the crackled paint layer, blending mode darken
Top--a smart blur edge only layer with gaussian blur and distort glass. color burn at 33%

That's the action--then I took a copy of the original to the top and did a gaussian blur soft sketch. I think I put it at around 25% in soft light.
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Old 10-01-2003, 11:31 PM
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We're gonna have to start calling you "The Impressionist Queen" Cheryl! Very nice effect.

Just the right amount of detail and subtle paper texture.

~Danny~
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