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Creative Portraits: Colorado Wedding

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Old 10-18-2006, 02:53 PM
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Colorado wedding...

Here are two pictures to artify - my handsome son and his gorgeous new wife. Photos were taken at the foot of Flagstaff mountain in
Colorado.
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Old 10-19-2006, 10:18 AM
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Re: Colorado wedding...

Here's a watercolor done in Painter.
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Old 10-19-2006, 10:54 AM
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Re: Colorado wedding...

Oh my, Margaret. What a lovely couple!

Here's my pen and ink wash version.
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Old 10-19-2006, 11:50 AM
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Re: Colorado wedding...

Nice Swampy! Its not too detailed so has a relaxed artsy feel to it , and the couple is very recognizable. I find that often with Photoart portraits keeping the subjects somewhat recognizable, while achieving a loose artsy impression is difficult. The "dress tennis shoes" also came out well. Was this PS or Painter?
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Old 10-19-2006, 01:55 PM
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Re: Colorado wedding...

Thankyou Margaret.

Loved the "dress tennis shoes". I have a sister that got married barefooted because she couldn't find a pair of shoes! LOL

I've been experimenting with a new sketch technique that gives you a great deal of control over how mutch "sketching" you want.

The basic steps (Photoshop) are

Dupe background. Desat the copy, Dupe the desaturated layer and invert it and set the blend mode to Color Dodge. Don't panic, the layer will go completely white, but this is where the fun begins. Run a motion blur (or a gaussian blur...sometimes depends on the picture). Tweak the slider to get something you like.

If you want to add color merge the top layer (The Color Dodge layer) down to the desaturated layer and set this layer to Luminacity blend mode over the original photo.

Now you can further tweak with levels or curves to add more or less color with a levels or curves adjustment.

On your daughter's photo, I smudged the mountains, trees and grass to reduce the "busyness." of the background.

I also painted with the Art History Brush on a new layer to get a mix of opacity for the edges.
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Old 10-20-2006, 04:44 AM
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Re: Colorado wedding...

Beautiful couple...

AKVIS Sketch
Impressionist > Conte > Faithful and #djrOil24
Painter > Jeremy's Fav's > Mishmash

~Danny~
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Old 10-20-2006, 09:22 AM
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Re: Creative Portraits: Colorado Wedding

Margaret...thankyou for sharing these lovely photos of your sons wedding!!!
Like your watercolor..

Swampy...I really like the sketchy look and thanks for sharing how to do...it helps a lot!!!

Danny....Nice one...like the minimalist skech look of it!!!

I did my attempt in Photoshop CS2...cropped a little,curves etc...water color AHB reducing the brush size as i painted...unsharp and frames in PSP9..

Patricia....
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Old 10-20-2006, 10:38 AM
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Re: Creative Portraits: Colorado Wedding

Wow - such different versions. I always love the way that happens on these threads.
PatriciaK - love the rich feeling - perfectly complimeted with the gold frame.
Danny - a great "modernistic" (is there such a word?) impression. Loose and artsy.

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Old 10-21-2006, 09:34 AM
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This is an experimental mixture - textures in Painter and Impressionist in PHotoshop.
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Old 12-03-2006, 03:50 PM
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Nice pic Margaret, hope U like this one.

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