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Creative Interpretations: Cottonwood on the Bosque

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Old 03-09-2005, 11:05 AM
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Since this thread seems to be sliding toward the surreal, I thought I nudge it along some.


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Old 03-09-2005, 12:18 PM
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Levels, Curves, a few Adjustment layers..... the usual me!

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Old 03-09-2005, 02:07 PM
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You've all motivated me to tiptoe into the surreal with you... or, at least the dark.

Adjustment layers, curves, color ranges - grow, similar; hue/sat; sharpen/aniso, distort-crystallize, textured...
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Old 03-12-2005, 08:27 PM
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Beautiful image.
Glowing edges, invert, desat, conte crayon, overlay blend, levels, selective color adj ++
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Old 03-12-2005, 10:24 PM
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Well done, gang! Some very creative interpretations on this one -- real and surreal.

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I thought it was especially convenient that the background sky colors were so distinct from the rest of the image. Using the Magic Wand tool (Tolerance = 24) it was easy to create a selection for the sky, which I saved as "sky" via Select > Save selection... . Then a Select > Inverse captured the tree and rest of the foreground. Using the "sky" and "everything else" selections enabled me to isolate the arty effects to the desired areas.

I started by applying Impressionist > Crayon > Short choppy strokes to the sky. This effect 'chops up' solid color areas. Then a dose of Impressionist > #djr Smudge Paint > 1D (followed by Edit > Fade and lowering the Opacity setting to back it off a little) followed by Photoshop Dry Brush (Edit > Fade) completed the sky.

The non-sky areas were done the same way, except no "choppy strokes." At this point I thought the foreground strokes looked "too detailed."

To compensate for that the background was duplicated and that layer moved to the top of the layer stack. Impressionist > #djr Smudge Paint > 2M (faded) followed by Photoshop Dry Brush (faded) were applied. After adding a hide all layer mask, the bottom of the layer was revealed by airbrushing white onto the layer mask.

If I wasn't so tired, I would open this in Painter for some brush strokes, but we'll have to live with it as is tonight.

Thanks, Mark. Great pic to work with.

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