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Creative Portraits: Touching Ground
Fizz, thanks for the pic. I actually like the angle just how it is. More of "in the moment" than if it were straight on.
I used an adjustment layer to isolate the boy and change his levels to brighten him up just a tad.
Isolated the background/grass with a curves adjustment layer and created a very odd curve to extremely change it to have this purplish hue and even a bit of a different look to it.
Applied a canvas texture at various settings.
Gaussian blurred the background to 1.3 pixels.
Reapplied canvas texture with slightly lower settings.
Diffused it to Lighten only.
Ran Sketch -> Reticulation.
Changed blend mode to Screen with opacity of 70%.
Great jobs!! Tyler, I love the purple in the grass. It looks like it belongs there, and it changed the pic from Summer to Spring. Jaykita, I love the colors and overall effect. Really nice!
I really like this!
Here is another one. Here I did an adjsutment layer of Contrast -25, and Brightness -31. Duplicate layer, Art History Brush whole pic, layer opacity 56%. Duplicate layer, High Pass Sharpening, 13.7, layer opacity 35%. Duplicate layer, set to multiply, opacity 41%. Thank you all for enjoying this pic!!
* Used Levels adjustment layer to unhide most of the shadows
* Made larger via Image > Image size
Layers (all duplicates of the Levels-fixed Background)
* Smart Blur (Edge only), inverted, (Darken), layer mask
* Photoshop Dry Brush, layer mask
* Xero > Caravaggio, layer mask
* Impressionist > #djr Smudge Paint > 1S, layer mask
* Impressionist > #djr Smudge Paint > 2M
Selectively applied each layer (bottom to top) by airbrushing white onto its respective layer mask, then merged all visible layers into a new layer (alt + Layer > Merge Visible). Saved, flattened image and saved as a new, one-layer file.
Opened one layer file in Painter
* Applied Blender > Grainy Blender brushes
* Saved and closed
Opened in Photoshop
* Duplicated Painter rendered layer and applied a heavy dose of Unsharp Mask
* Use Hue/Saturation to boost color saturation
* Added stroke frame
* Save for Web
Good luck on fatherhood, Fizz. I'm just a few years ahead of you and it's a great trip.
Hey Danny thanks for stopping by, I was hoping you would. I loved your work on this, and thank you also for the detailed steps. BTW, I am enjoying my MOTHERhood. You wouldn't have known even if I had signed my name, because it is Jessy, and I spell it like a boys name with a Y. I am one of the few who does have a small profile posted here, but most do not I've noticed, so sometimes you have to guess. I will pass the Good Luck wishes onto my Husband though, as this is his first trip into parenthood. (I also have a 13 year old daughter.) I also posted in the introductions forum not too long ago, if anyone is interested as to how I got here. Thanks again for taking the time to enjoy my pic.
P.S. Fizzgiz is the name of my favorite cat, who now resides comfortably in the beautiful mountains of Vermont, with my Aunt and Uncle.
Glad you were able to take it with a chuckle and that you like kitties (we do, too). Someday I'll post pics of Grateful and Patience.
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