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Creative interpretations: Colourful Parrot

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Old 01-19-2005, 06:28 PM
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These parrots are all beautiful ! I'd give my vote to Jakita's first example though, and, of course, to the brilliant effort by Neve's grandson !!
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Old 01-20-2005, 01:48 AM
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Thanks Pam! Mason, my grandson, is chuffed with folks ACTUALLY saying something nice about his pic and says thank you! Taking him on a scenic flight tomorrow night, so he's excited about using my dig cam again!
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Old 01-20-2005, 02:27 PM
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attempting to quantify something for myself...

Duped the BG.
Loaded the Blue channel and made a new alpha channel from it.
Used Levels to increase the contrast and painted out extra areas.
Loaded that channe and ran PS: Artistic: Watercolor - 14, 0, 1.
Ran PS: Artistic: Dry Brush - 2, 1, 1.
Loaded Red, Green and Blue channels and ran Imp.:Natural: Crushed Herbs.
Faded Red to Overlay and Green and Blue to Darken.
Loaded and inverted the Red, Green and Blue channels and ran the same filter.
Faded each to a lower Opacity.
Duped BG and brought to top of layers.
Ran PS: Blur: Smart Blur - 40.7, 74.4, High, Edge Only.
Ran PS: Other: Maximum - 1, then PS: Noise: Median - 1, then PS: Blur: Gaussian Blur - 1.
Color Range on black with fuzziness of 20.
Filled with 50% grey.
Inverted. Set layer blending to Soft Light.
Loaded the alpha channel and created a layer mask.
Duped BG and brought to top of layer stack.
Created a layer mask and painted in rough shape of Parrot and branch.
Ran Dry Brush (same settings) and Imp.: Natural: Crushed Herbs to layer mask.
Set layer blending to Linear Burn.
New layer, filled with black.
Ran PS: Texture: Texturizer - Canvas, 100%, 8, Bottom Left.
Set layer opacity to 29%.
Hid Textured layer and stamped visible.
Ran PS: Sharpen: Unsharp Mask - 120, 2.7, 0.
Faded to Lower Opacity.
Ran Imp.: Paint: Free Daubs with background color black.
Faded to lower opacity.

I think that's it!

Oh, and ran that Unsharp Mask again.
And Used the Green channel as a layer mask, but selected whole mask and filled with white and faded to about 35% or so...

That's really it!
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Last edited by glikster; 01-20-2005 at 02:29 PM. Reason: keep forgetting...
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Old 02-02-2005, 10:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Neve
My grandson (9 yrs) had a go at this too this avo. He thinks Painter is "cool" and already printed off the parrot and one of a duck (photo he took last month with my camera). Hope it's okay to display his rendering here? He thinks that's "cool" too - one word says it all these days
we sure have a BIG competition growing up there

cropped, resized, and some more of AHB mess... the impressionist layer is copy of background...
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Old 02-02-2005, 08:54 PM
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Hi JC - Terrific result you've achieved, well done! It was one of those rare photos that turned out well School holidays are over here and grandson's back at school this week so we wont see him again for a couple of months now. On his behalf, thanks for commenting kindly.
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Old 02-03-2005, 01:21 AM
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Cleaned up background
Saturated and sharpened
Duplicated layer
Note Paper filter applied to Bottom layer
Resized for posting
Added edge

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