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I used your recipe (without the Buzzing) as a basis for mine; then took it over to Painter for some Grainy blender strokes and some Luminance Surface Effects for depth.
nice job, Danny. re: Painter-I got it but I haven't tried it much... I did some experimenting with PSP9, and I think it is probably easier to stay with what I know-PSP. But it does have some things that are very much like Painter.
I hope I'm under the wire ... here's my view. The face needs color and drama, so I added color thru Studio Artist via the adjust settings. Background added thru PE2 ... vignetted the portrait ..... MH
If we had a "Hall of Fame" here at RP I wouldn't hesitate to recommend yours be placed there pronto Danny. Fabulous result. Well done Amy on your "inspirational and motivating" post. It's a real pleasure viewing such talented results.
Decided to try my hand at the Dragan look...(for more on this effect click here)
This was a quickly done in about 30 mins
1. Cleaned up image in Neat Image
2. Sharpened image
3. New Adjustment Layer, Hue/Sat, set master to -25
4. New Adjustment Layer, Selective Color
Whites: Yellow +50, Black +28
Neutrals: Cyan +11, Magenta +17, Yellow +37, Black +7
5. New Layer, Painted over background and parts of subject with black at varying levels of opacity
6. New Layer, Mode Overlay
Paint black with 5-50% opacity brush darkening details
7. New Layer, Mode Overlay, Opacity 60%
Paint White to white areas of eye to brighten
8. New Layer, Mode Color, Opacity 50%
Paint eyes blue
9. NIK Color Filter Darken/Lighten (can duplicate this by applying a radial gradient layer set to foreground (black) to transparent)
10. Duplicate layer, Mode Overlay
Renedering Lighting Effects, Spotlight
Adjust to fit photo
11. Curves Adjustment Layer to tweak colors, Mode Soft Light
Last edited by T Paul; 02-24-2005 at 09:46 AM.
Excellent entries by everyone!!!
Love the soft paper texture effect. Really nice results.
Outstanding face swap! You matched the skin tones perfectly!!
Really like the torn paper look.
Excellent illustration! I really like the crisp clean feel you created.
Beautiful results with your actions. I like the large strokes of color and really like the texture.
Thanks for your very kind words re: "Dude ala Amy"
Nothing special on the Painter method:
* Used Blender > Grainy blender 10, 20 and 30 to "smear around the paint"
* Then as suggested by Christime applied Effects > Surface Effects > Luminosity to bring out the depth
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On this one I was experimenting with the long-time favorite of "duplicate background, desat, duplicate, invert, (color dodge) + Gaussian Blur" method.
On the Gblur layer I tried applying Angled Strokes. Took about 4 applications of the filter for them to finally show through. Looked interesting, but by the time I got done many layers later, you couldn't tell.
But it was fun playing.
Layer D: For those who have not tried it, applying the Virtual Painter plugin's Oil Painting filter does some very interesting things (kind of a watercolor effect) if all the settings are set to minimum values.
When I got nearly finished (Layer L) I noticed there was "a big patch of grayish white" where hair used to be on the right. From Layer L I "borrowed a chunk" (selected using the Lasso) and Ctrl + J to create Layer M.
The new piece was selected (Ctrl+click on layer name) and rotated it a bit with the Free Transform tool before I blended it in using a Layer Mask.
Thought I'd try out the new Xero: Caravaggio plugin. Added Filters Unlimited: Shiver and Draganized.
Last edited by Duv; 02-26-2005 at 10:45 AM.
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