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Creative Interpretations: Cottonwood on the Bosque

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Old 02-25-2005, 10:33 PM
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Creative Interpretations: Cottonwood on the Bosque

My wife took this picture in late fall as a model for a "family tree" CD cover. My job, of course, was to make the cover. I found this tree a fascinating subject and have tinkered with it almost endlessly since. Hope my friends here at RP like it too. Sorry for the lack of how-to on these images. (I like them both a lot. It's tragic that I don't know how to recreate them. ) I'll post more later that I did better documenting if there's interest.

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2) Extracted the tree and gave it a new home (gradient sky, brushwork in Elements for the patch of grass). Got the rest of the way using PaintEngine somehow. Maybe some filters / adjustments in Elements as well.
3) Started w/ 2 and did something(s?) w/ Impressionist (or was #2 Impressionist & #3 PaintEngine??? Argh!)
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Old 02-25-2005, 10:42 PM
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That is a wonderful tree. You'll have every genealogist in RP clamoring for it, including me.

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Old 02-27-2005, 04:20 AM
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I basically followed TPaul's tut on Dragan effect, http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/sho...ghlight=dragan.
I then aded aniso with a mask.
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Old 02-27-2005, 05:16 AM
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Kiska

Very interesting and unusual treatment of the tree. What I expected would be a high contrast, sharpened rendering of the tree against a high contrast background.

The softening of the limbs and branches is different. Nice
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Old 02-27-2005, 05:19 AM
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Why, thank you Phil.
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Old 02-27-2005, 07:42 AM
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PaintShopPro8.1

Dupe original layer
L2 - Buzz Simplifier - Dupe L2
L3 - Negative - Mode/Color (L) - 80%
Dupe Bottom Layer and Place over L3
L4 - Mode Luminance(L) 52%
Merge all layers
Buzz Again
Aim/USM
Xero Filter/Bad Dream
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Old 03-09-2005, 03:58 AM
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Hi SW,

I cut out your tree and put it on a seperate Layer to make things a bit easier.

I then used a Radial Blur filter followed by a Twirl filter on the Background Layer.

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Con
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Old 03-09-2005, 04:01 AM
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Hi SW,

I got all carried away with your tree. As I still had it in seperate Layers I ran a Chrome filter over it just for something different.

Regards

Con
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Old 03-09-2005, 04:04 AM
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Hi SW,

I created a "Sphere" in front of the tree and addeda rose.

Hope you like it.

Regards

Con
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Old 03-09-2005, 09:09 AM
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Kiska, I'm not a big fan of the dragan look on people, but dragan trees are terrific, esp. anios'ed.

Neve, gorgeous result. It looks like a rare dawn when a thick coat of frost covers everything. I love this one.

Con, looks like you caught my tree bug. Maybe not as addicting as a kalidascope, but still hard to leave alone. I especially like the chrome tree.

Here's another couple from me:
1st: A couple passes of graphic pen (different directions.) Copy this to a new layer. Slight Gaussian blur, set to muliply and merge back down with the first copy. Run the GBlur again.

2nd: DiffuseGlow. DryBrush. 2 passes of RoughPastels on a texture called 'obsidian'. Added a texturizer layer on top. (more obsidian).

-Mark
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