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Old 07-24-2004, 12:09 AM
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A very effective watercolor look, indeed. Nicely done.
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Old 08-01-2004, 10:25 AM
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This can be done on a previously smudged image however I didn't have time to do any smudging with this. I'd kept a note of this for doing what I call "Glamour Posters" and tried applying it to this however it had a different outcome as my first image attempt was working on a blond and the effects were quite different. Anyway ... here are the steps for this one....

PSP8.01

Buzz Simplifier
Dupe Bottom Layer
2nd Layer - DC Special Filter/Outliner/Neon 1/17/100/70
Dupe 2nd layer
3rd Layer - Dodge 70% ?
BACK TO BOTTOM LAYER - dupe and apply
namesuppressed/Autochromatic/I use my own preset
Place this duped layer at the top of your layer stack - Mode/Saturation 70%

At this stage experiment with your layers to get different effects.
Merged all layers. (at this point I lightened the white of her eyes again)
Dupe this layer.

2nd Layer - Luminance Legacy - 5% - experiment.
Apply Aim/USM filter - experiment
Final Buzz.

Painted effect?
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Old 08-04-2004, 07:51 AM
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Isnt she gorgeous!! I used the art history tool combined with the history tool a lot, also added a sketch layer and another layer created by reducing colors to just a few.
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Old 08-04-2004, 10:28 AM
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Wow, great stuff here!

Loved all the renditions here! I decided to try it...my favorite thing is taking a photo and making it art.

Here's what I did: I wanted to change this from warm to cool tones and make it more melancholy. So, I kept going into adjustments/replace color and changing the colors to my liking.

I then did some posterizing to bump up the intensity a bit.

Ugh, should have kept it open while I typed this...now I'm forgetting the filters! I remember adding the waves filter and an unsharp mask. I think I also did a dark brushstroke filter.

If anyone needs more details, I could do it again with another photo and try to retrace my steps. Sorry about the sloppy details :P

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Old 08-04-2004, 11:21 AM
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Duped background copy and desaturated it. Created three threshold layers, one darkened, one at midtones/default, one lighter. This is better than posterization for what I wanted to do. Played with the blending modes and opacity until I got an image I liked. Created snapshot and did filter>median to even out the edges a bit. Created a snapshot and accidently hit equalize instead of what I was aiming at (oops). However, I liked what I saw and used the eraser at 50% opacity to put some definition back where I wanted it. Created snapshot again, smoothed out some rough areas with the smudge tool. Added a canvas texture; adjusted hue/sat and viola.
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Old 08-05-2004, 12:27 AM
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Jeannie superimposed.

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Old 08-05-2004, 08:46 AM
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Used selective desaturation, vignetting, diffuse glow, gaussian blur, healing brush, noise addition.
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Old 08-09-2004, 07:56 AM
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nice techniques, Exclam- I think it adds the right touch of noise and softness while still maintaining the integrity of the image. And the touches of 'true' color are enough to keep her from looking ghostly.

The only thing that puzzled me is how her neck got so big- then I went to the orginal and realized it was because I could no longer see that her arm was raised. Perhaps either excluding the arm information altogether or giving a less subtle hint that it is there would help with the interpretation?
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Old 08-09-2004, 11:46 AM
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dslinger --

You're absolutely right. I think in my hurry, I didn't give enough attention to her neck, arm, etc.

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Old 08-16-2004, 08:42 AM
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I've really enjoyed looking at the various ideas with this image. Everyone has a unique thought attached to it.

I realize there aren't strong art strokes or textures with my submission. I thought I would paint with light and shadows for this one and try to preserve the innocent look of this attractive lady.

Adjusted curves.
Color balance/hue and sat adjustment.
Removed clothing and reshaped the breast and neck area.
Applied Nik midnight.
Used Nik skylight/sunshine to help with the skin tones.
Xero clairity to enhance contrast.
Painted in some shadows and highlights.
Kodak Gem was used to soften the skin.
Contrast adjustment.
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