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Old 01-28-2009, 03:42 PM
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Lil Curly Angel

Found another cracking picture for you all at SXC

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Now just enjoy

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Old 01-28-2009, 06:21 PM
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Re: Lil Curly Angel

I can see her better this way.. She is still an Angel!
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Old 01-29-2009, 08:05 AM
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Re: Lil Curly Angel

You are right Peter a cracking photo pity it didnt come with instructions on how to get a girl to pose so serenely ( believe me i have tried with 2 granddaughters and it dosent work )

3 different ones that i hope you will like

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Old 01-29-2009, 10:16 AM
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Re: Lil Curly Angel

Wonderful shot, Peter. Keep 'em coming.

Smudge, Artistic Dry Brush, PST.
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Old 01-29-2009, 10:24 AM
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Re: Lil Curly Angel

Hi Swampy, I really enjoyed your videos, are there any books or videos you recommend on this photo to painting subject? Also, do you use any other plug ins or software for your cool painting/sketches?
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Old 01-29-2009, 11:29 AM
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Re: Lil Curly Angel

Thank you Mcfly! Glad you enjoyed the tutorials. There are a number of tutorials and actions here on RTP, but I have yet to find a good book on creating digital art from photos. The conventional artists don't really accept the results as "real art". But I have seen pieces done with AHB and PST printed giclee that I'd defy you to say were not "hand painted".

As for plugins - My favorites are Topaz Adjust and Topaz Simplify. There are many others such as Lucis Art, Snap Art etc. (Some are not Mac compatible). I find that 90% of getting a soft painted look comes in the "preperation" process of simplifying the photo or, what I call, "pushing the pixels around". Short of the two Topaz plugins, I find I can do a lot of "mucking up the pixels" with the basic Photoshop filters and tools.

You can always try the Corel Painter route, but I'm totally lost when I try to use it. Fay Sikirus (sp) is the Corel Painter guru and has a book or two and some DVDs, but, again, I feel I have more control in PS.

Collect some good brushes and background images. For example, The attached image is the one I used with the PST to do the background for my above version of the Curly Haired Little Girl. I just set this image size to match the girl's photo and saved as a pattern. Then used a soft PST brush with low opacity to paint it in (above a canvas layer colored pink). I added just a hint of noise, a hint of motion blur and a hint of sandstone texture.

The best part is, learn the basic techinques of AHB and PST then PLAY. Experiment and have fun.
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Old 01-29-2009, 12:39 PM
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Re: Lil Curly Angel

Inspired by Swampy

thank you for the background image Swampy

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Old 01-29-2009, 03:08 PM
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Thanks for those tips swampy, sorry what do you mean by AHB and PST?
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Old 01-29-2009, 03:10 PM
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Thanks for those tips swampy, sorry what do you mean by AHB and PST?
Too Save you waiting for Swampy here you go

AHB =Art history brush

PST = pattern stamp tool

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Thanks Palms, any good books or videos you recommend to get up too speed with this photo to painting subject?
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