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Creative interpretations: Portrait - Paula

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Old 02-19-2004, 01:53 AM
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You are entitled to your opinion Mig, however the idea is NOT necessarily to 'Make her look good' it is to create a photo art effect with 'Creative Interpretation'

Did Picasso make his subjects 'look good'

Christine
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Old 02-19-2004, 09:58 AM
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I could not help but do two-- one B&W and one color.

I duplicated the layer and desaturatd. Created new layer soft light blend mode, used paint brush and painted in highlights and shadows using black and white. duplicated the layer and ran gaussian blur 3.0. Then used the erase tool at 75% to erase over the eyes, lips, nose. Did slight curves adjustment and crop. --- that is the B&W version.

For the color I took the base layer (color) duplicated and put it over the B&W sis a screen blend mode, brought down the opacity and fill.
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Old 02-19-2004, 10:42 AM
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Interesting entries by all.

A rather small image to start with, making artifacts a slight problem.
Made a manual levels adjustment.
Adjusted the skin tones with Sho.
Applied simplification.
Feathered a selection of the face, inverted and applied Nik midnight.
Used Flaming Pears Glitterato for the background.
Blended the two utilizing a mask
Softened the image with Nik Classical blur.
Lightened certain portions to enhance highlights and softened some shadows.
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Old 02-19-2004, 01:40 PM
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My try...

Here are a few versions of the photo that I came up with.

What do you think?

Thanks
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Old 02-19-2004, 02:10 PM
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Photofix. Where's your pics?

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Old 02-19-2004, 03:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Mig
I'm glad I don't have that filter because it produces ugly results.
All these contributions, except perhaps one of Catia's, are horrendous. I should say I'm sorry to have to say this, as if, "I'm sorry to have tell you guys this, but..." I can't - they're awful and that's the truth.
Really, why bother explaining how you did these? Who would want to know? You could run this picture through any filter at randon and in a less than a second get a better result.
Even if you want to get 'creative' about it, the idea is to make her look good.
I feel sorry for this girl. She's supposed to be beautiful.

Mig
FYI: Mig is a long time RP contributor. He's helped me many times in the past and is an exceptional talent when it comes to retouching, graphic design and the like. As one whose skills and background I truly respect, I wasn't offended or bothered by Mig's comments. I know his interests generally don't fall in this area and he meant no malice. When you're that good, it gives you license to speak your mind. A little debate once in awhile doesn't hurt.

The quetion:
It has been asked many times in the past and will be asked many times in the future, "Why mess with a perfectly good photo, like this one?"

Answer:
The original is nothing more than a source from which an artistic interpretation can be crafted, hacked or however you want to describe the method of getting to a final result.

Whether the final outcome is an improvement over the original isn't the point. Manipulating an image digitally it is our equivalent of a traditonal artist clipping a photo next to her easel for a sketch or oil painting reference.

Making up for an absence of skill:
People like Mig whose skills I can't even imagine ever having, can freehand these types of effects while eating a sandwich. For the artistically challenged like myself whose stick figures pale in comparison to my 7-year-old daughter, filters, plug-ins and actions make up for the skills I'll never have. They are digital tools, just as brushes, chalk, paint, canvas, etc. are tools for the traditional artist.

FWIW: Whether one likes the effects rendered by the Impressionist plugin or not, I firmly stand my by claim that it creates effects like no other plugin or application I've ever seen, heard of, own and/or demo'd. It has unparalleled functionally. Thanks to recent threads and comments by Jeff, I continue to discover more nooks and crannies.

Why bother to describe the steps?
Believe it or not, some people actually want to know these kinds of things. I remember when I first got started with this hobby. Having access to instructions, how-to hints, etc. enabled me to learn from the experiences and knowledge of others. Sometimes they inspired ideas of my own.

I frequently get e-mails and PMs asking for step clarification or additional details.

The "actions" thread is going on 60,000 views (the most viewed thread ever at RetouchPRO) and the thread that contains a list of internet photo-art tutorials just went over 10,000 views, which puts it in the top five all time. Believe me, there's interest in "how."

Okay. Nuff said. Time to move on.

No harm, no foul. Keep creating and keep having fun.

~Danny~
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Old 02-20-2004, 01:23 AM
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You are entitled to your opinion Mig, however the idea is NOT necessarily to 'Make her look good' it is to create a photo art effect with 'Creative Interpretation'

Did Picasso make his subjects 'look good'

Christine
Sometimes I get ahead of myself. Most of what I say you should let go in one ear and out the other.
However, on a serious note, I've never seen Picasso make a woman look bad. Ever. Even when she looked like a mess, all skinny, depressed and ironing the clothes, she still looked good.

But who's Picasso anyway? Anyone can do that stuff.

http://www.mrpicassohead.com/create.html

M.
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Old 02-20-2004, 10:46 AM
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Beautiful Paula

I saw a beautiful girl with more beauty waiting to be drawn out.

To draw out Paula's beauthy, I desaturated the color to give the skin a more natural tone, added some makeup, replaced the background with a sky (render coulds), and used a gaussian blur to soften her skin and hair, and an unsharp mask to highlight her eyes.

Alan
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Old 02-20-2004, 11:22 AM
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I saw a beautiful girl with more beauty waiting to be drawn out.

To draw out Paula's beauthy, I desaturated the color to give the skin a more natural tone, added some makeup, replaced the background with a sky (render coulds), and used a gaussian blur to soften her skin and hair, and an unsharp mask to highlight her eyes.

Alan
Beautiful job, Alan! I especially like the new background.

-Jeff
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Old 02-20-2004, 06:14 PM
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Beautiful job, Alan! I especially like the new background.

-Jeff
Thank you Jeff! I thought that a blue sky would go well as the background, because it would be less distracting than the original, and would fit with the sunlight cast on the girl.

Alan
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