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Old 03-16-2012, 09:51 PM
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Hi All,

I am new to Painting Portraits but i love doing this in realistic manner. I tried and finally came close to what i can call watercolor painting.

Here's my images original vs painted through using AHB based on vitaly's guidance.

I am looking for help on creating something more versatile e.g. less smaller shades of colors with more artistic and creative way ..

I love what Vitaly is doing and the another one i admire is Sylvia for her portraits.

Am sure i am missing some points on doing AHB to get better transparent tones and more flat tones.

Your guidance will sure help me improve.

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mital
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Old 03-17-2012, 10:41 AM
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Re: First Portrait

First off Mital that's a pretty good job. If I understand what your looking for you want to put a watercolor texture layer on top set to either Overlay or Softlight. I think Vitaly has some textures at the bottom of his tutorial. I hope that helps.

Joe
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Old 03-17-2012, 10:45 AM
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Re: First Portrait

Joe

Thanks a lot. yes i have them all ..
I am looking for more refined pattern of work. The brush strokes are much more smudged.

What i want is to have transparent flatter tones instead.
Any help on that part ?
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Old 03-17-2012, 11:24 AM
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Joe

Thanks a lot. yes i have them all ..
I am looking for more refined pattern of work. The brush strokes are much more smudged.

What i want is to have transparent flatter tones instead.
Any help on that part ?
If you want flatter tones fill a layer with black set to Saturation and oppacity set to around 25%. As for a more transparent pic you can add a Levels adjustment layer and pull the bottom arrows inward to add white or black to the pic.

Joe
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Old 03-17-2012, 11:31 AM
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Re: First Portrait

Joe

Sorry for some language issue here.
My Point for more flatter tone is example here.
http://goo.gl/OfohE
I know it has topaz added to it but the way the flat patches are worked being here is so superb which is what i am trying to achive.

Does it mean that i have to work on base file and apply some filters to make it flatter tones and then use AHB ?

Cuz when i use AHB the smudging mixes it a lot.

Thanks for all your time and kind guidance.
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Old 03-17-2012, 12:50 PM
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Ok Mital I think I know what you mean. You would have to ask Sylvia but I'm pretty sure that she was using Topaz Clean to get that effect. It will give your AHB pics a flat look. You can use it before you do your AHB or after. I usually use it at the end.

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