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Creative interpretations: House by the River

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Old 09-01-2004, 04:12 AM
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Creative interpretations: House by the River

Browsing around RetouchPRO yesterday I came across Lawrence DeBono's Pen&Wash Action (see http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/sho...?t=2653&page=2) and decided to try it out on a picture I took last Sunday whilst out walking. If you would like to try something a little different with my original you will find it below, or you can have the full size original from http://homepage.ntlworld.com/malfirth/040829-01.jpg (beware - it's a 4Mb file).
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Old 09-01-2004, 06:32 AM
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Mal, I love your photo, as usual, and like the look you created with the action.

Tried for a different season and lighting condition -- used mostly Color Range selections - adjusting hues and lighting via Hue/Sat and layer blends. Finished off with some sandstone texture plus an overlay of Torn Edges.

Tried an edge effect -- added a layer, ran some gradients from outed edge to center, added noise and blurred, then ran Distort->Spherize a few times which cleared out the center portion of the image. Then ran Distort->Wave which gave it an unusual effect. Adjusted opacity with Blend If to give it a see thru look in some portions.
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Old 09-01-2004, 07:45 AM
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Mal, I love your photo, as usual, and like the look you created with the action.

Tried for a different season and lighting condition -- used mostly Color Range selections - adjusting hues and lighting via Hue/Sat and layer blends. Finished off with some sandstone texture plus an overlay of Torn Edges.

Tried an edge effect -- added a layer, ran some gradients from outed edge to center, added noise and blurred, then ran Distort->Spherize a few times which cleared out the center portion of the image. Then ran Distort->Wave which gave it an unusual effect. Adjusted opacity with Blend If to give it a see thru look in some portions.
Thanks for your kind comments CJ. I really like your seasonal variation, it looks just the way it does each autumn.
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Old 09-01-2004, 09:42 AM
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Very nice image Mal. Thought I would try a Sketcher action I have. After applying, went to History Palette and selected the Outliner channel. Used the History Brush set to darken and painted over the image. Applied Image then added Curves adjustment for contrast. Used Impressionist with Danny Raphael's style #djrOil24. Sketcher action is by MIke Finn.

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Old 09-02-2004, 11:51 AM
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Mal, lovely photo.
Is this place really close - or do you walk an awful lot?

Subject - great .
Composition - classic , diagonals from the bottom corners leading to the house.
So I went for texture...

- Hid the gate on the left and the sign on the right which were distracting;
- Made a texture layer (copy, invert, displace 1/1, 50% opacity, apply levels);
- Made a mask to hide the edges (find edges, threshold);
- Set 'texture' to overlay, apply mask (don't want to emboss the edges);
Oooops, too much texture.
- Painted the mask 75% gray on the background trees, Black on the still water;
- A wee bit o' constrast on the original (USM 10%/100/0 - twice);
- Levelled;
- Tweaked the reds.

OK, not really art (please don't throw me out). More like enhancement. But maybe interesting to someone.

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Old 09-03-2004, 02:34 AM
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I like it Roland, it seems to make the stonework stand out a little. Yes, I do a lot of walking - this picture was taken during a 12 mile walk in the Peak District area of the UK. The house is in the village of Castleton, which also boasts an ancient castle that was originally built of wood in 1080 then rebuilt in stone around 1175, as was the village church. You can see more pictures from my various walks at http://homepage.ntlworld.com/malfirth
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Old 09-03-2004, 07:19 AM
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Lovely pic, Mal. Perfect job on uploading the original and your interpretation. Thanks for sharing it.

I used Mal's hi-res version and resized it to 11" wide and 80 ppi.
* Applied Hue/Sat and Levels adjustment layers
* Merged into a new layer (Alt + Layer > Merge Visible)
* Duplicated Merged layer and applied Photoshop Dry Brush. Could have stopped here, but decided to do a little more.
* Duplicated Merged layer again, dragged the duplicate to the top of the layer stack and applied custom Impressionist style, "Oils 24" (clickhere).
* Added a Hide All layer mask (Layer > Add Layer Mask > Hide all)
* Set foreground color to white and airbrushed layer mask to reveal some of the top layer

See attachment for Layer Palette snapshot and settings.

~Danny~
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Old 09-03-2004, 08:34 AM
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Each are GREAT
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Old 09-03-2004, 08:34 AM
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Mel, saw your pictures there. Beautiful site.
Ah, the English coutryside - now there's something I really do miss.

Also, found the art you did on this picture of the house. Just perfect .
Now it's your turn. Tell us what did you do

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Old 09-03-2004, 09:47 AM
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Back from holiday and produced attached.

Used: Impressionist - Chalk:Soft Detailed Pastel (modified)
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and added texture of Chinese Silk (found somewhere in the depths of the internet!)

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