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I thought i'd add my effort to this excellent series of pictures.
Just PSP X - VP4 watercolour.
Regards to all.
Last edited by Mitch; 08-16-2007 at 01:46 AM.
This is a lovely photo to work from!
Danny, I like the way your pencil strokes work,
Alcar, your version inspired me to try something similar, it's really lovely! but it just seems I have trouble not adding color to anything.
-vignetted, saved as a new photoshop file A.
-made a line drawing from the vingnette, saved as file B
-cloned in Painter from both A and B with watercolor brushes and saved as file C
-converted file C to greyscale and made a duotone with a rusty color and white, pasted this back over file C. Set the opacity to about 45% to tone down the color. (really just wanted a tone to it)
Higher res image
Like, Danny said right at the start, this photo is perfect for sketching.
Had another shot at sketching with Painter - liked this one better.
Ro, did you use the Arcylic Dry Brush? I love the crosshatchy look you got!
I had to try another but got frustrated with Painter and ended up doing it entirely in Photoshop with filters.
-vignetted with white
-I used the curves adjustment layer Alcar suggests to lighten the blacks. (merged down to use as the background)
-used a sketch action to make a line drawing and copied this to a layer over the background (called this layer 'Line')
-duplicated background twice
-Impressionist (Chalk, Chunky Strokes varient) on first background layer (normal merge mode)
-Impressionist (Pencil, Crosshatch Radically colored varient) on the next using overlay mode
-Used Stylize, Diffuse -lighten only on the 'Line' layer which is on top and set the merge mode to multiply
-merged all layers and saved!
YEP! and I LEARN'T STUFF!
The "secret" is to up the "feature" setting to about 5 times the normal painting values. That way the individual bristles end up looking like pencil strokes.
The other trick is to rotate the canvas by 90% to maintain your natural sketching motion with the mouse on the table and get youself a nice cross-hatch on the canvas.
My settings....Size 10, opacity 100%, Resat 50%, Bleed 50%, Feature 5.0
I just had to have a go at this one. Used levels to get bring out the B&W. Artistic brushes for the texture and finished with a unique matting. I wanted the studio effect for this wonderful subject. Now all I need is the mantle to hang it over.
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