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Nice Pic. I did two takes on this. The more traditional: Buzz, VP Gouache, PSPsoft focus Dream, toned down the saturation.
Pic 2: A modern art version. Take the above image and add to it another layer of xero lineart, bring out the eye a bit.
I like #2 a lot. A very inspirational dose of creativity on this one, Amy.
After isolating the subject from the background, several layers were generated and blended using layer masks. The following list is not the order of creation, but the filters used:
* Impressionist Pencil Sketch - Detailed Color (face detail)
* Photoshop Dry Brush (face detail)
* Impressionist Conte: Unsmudged Mono (hair and blouse)
* Photoshop Colored Pencil (face detail)
This pile of layers was eventually merged onto a single layer which was duplicated and over sharpened to give it more of an arty look.
Worked in PhotoShop and Painter...
1. Ran the image through NeatImage to reduce artifacts
2. Opened image in PhotoShop
-Adjusted Highlights and Shadows
-Cloned out fly away hair
-Added hair to blown out highlight area
3. Opened the image in Painter
-Applied painterly effect with artist pastel chalk and grainy water
4. Opened the image in PhotoShop
-Added fine hairs with small brush
-Rendered lighting effects to brighten image
I especially like the way you "grew" the hair near the crown of her head. You're developing a very pleasing technique with PS and Painter.
Thanks Danny. I'm very new to Painter. A while back a forum member was asking questions about painting portraits and I play with it a little then to help him out, but haven't touched it since. As you can see from my steps, I am still more comfortable working in PhotoShop as I opened the image in PhotoShop to add the finishing touches. I know Painter is a very powerful program, and I'm looking forward to mastering it (grin)!
FWIW acccording to the Painter 8 Product Manager, ~80% of Painter owners use it in conjunction with Photoshop because a) they are more familiar with Photoshop and/or (b) Photoshop provides superior ease of use or options for functionalty available in both programs (layer masks, introduced in Painter 8, but awkward to use in Painter) and/or (c) Photoshop has functionality Painter doesn't have. e.g., adjustment layers, actions, batch processing, etc.
As you know Painter shines with all the brush options/variants, papers, textures and the cloning functionality to which Photoshop's art history function can't hold a candle.
They compliment each other very well and I know with certainty I'll never every master either!
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Attached is a happy accident. Guess what? No Impressionist. All Photoshop!
1. Duplicate the Background.
2. To the duplicate apply Pixelate > Crystalize (7)
3. Duplcate the Crystalized layer.
4. Apply Unsharp Mask, about 200, 3, 0
5. Apply Blur > Smart Blur, 9, 20, Low, Edge Only
6. Change blend mode on the Smart Blur layer from Normal to Color Burn
7. Add a new layer to the top of the layer stack
8. With a small hard edged brush, paint black over errant lines
9. Top with a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and set Saturation to +100
Note: This technique will NOT work on all images! Some may argue (and rightly so) it didn't work on this one!
Keep having fun!
Great efforts from everyone, I especially like T’s
rendition. I failed to get a satisfactory result trying
to fill in the white space at the top of her head.
This was a difficult one to finish and some steps have
to be missing because I started this 3 times and changed
direction a few times in the middle of it too however here
are the basics.
I started by smudging hair up into white area to fill that space.
Smudged the face and rest of hair.
Applied Buzz Simplifier Filter/Both/27
Levels to lighten
Feathered selection (4) and placed into a new
white image as a new layer. Erased (low opacity) dark background
carefully working my way towards the profile.
I lowered opacity again once I got closer to the
face and didn’t drag the eraser but tapped it instead around
the outline of face. I erased more outline than I intended.
So got the paintbrush/default and added more outline to
define the profile more. I also used Darken tool
tool over white edges of face, also lips and nose.
I think I Buzzed it again….?
Merged all. Added a sandstone texture instead of a pencil
texture. Adjusted contrast.
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