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Creative Portraits: Words of Wisdom
(Note: This is a replacement for "Full smoke ahead," which had serious quality problems. Sorry about that.)
PS + Impressionist + Painter 8 + Photoshop...
* Duplicated Background 4 times
* Top: Artistic > Dry Brush (2, 8, 1)
* Layer 2: Impressionist > Pencil Sketch > Colored Pencil (default settings)
* Layer 3: Impressionist > Pencil Sketch > Colored Pencil (Size > Min Width, Height, Max Width, Height: 4, 4, 12, 3)
* Layer 4: Impressionist > Pencil Sketch > Colored Pencil (Size > Min Width, Height, Max Width, Height: 4, 4, 12, 4)
* Background (not used)
Hide all layer masks applied to the top three layers.
* Layer 3: Airbrushed white on layer mask to bring in some detail
* Layer 2: Airbrushed white on layer mask to bring in more detail
* Top layer: Airbrushed white on layer mask to bring out eye, glasses, nose and mouth detail
Created a new layer and Alt + Layer > Merge Visible to merge the visible layers. Applied Unsharp Mask (125, 1.5, 0) to this layer. Saved file as "1 Photoshop base".
Duplicated image, flattened duplicate and saved as "2 Photoshop flat"
Started Painter 8
* Opened "2 Photoshop flat"
* Saved as "3 Painter output"
* Selected Blender Brush group
* Selected Grainy Blender 10 brush
* Blended image
* Saved and closed Painter
...back to Photoshop
* Open "3 Painter output"
* Saved as "4 Photoshop finish up"
* Duplicated Background
* Applied Unsharp Mask
* Added Hue/Saturation and Levels adjustment layers and tweaked settings
* Added a new layer
* Select all
* Pressed D to set foreground/BG color swatches to default B/W
* Edit / Stroke 2 pixel frame
* File > Save
* File > Save for Web (for .jpg to upload)
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Question: "Is it really necessary to have four .psd files and maintain all the layers throughout the process?"
A: "No. That's just my personal style. This way I have ultimate flexibility to 'go back and start over' from just about anywhere in the process in case I really hose something."
Question: "Why the multiple layers of Impressionst Pencil Sketch > Detail Colored?"
A: "Variety / thickness in the strokes. Varying the Size value for each application of Impressionist affects the size and shape of the strokes. In some places (like around the face, eyes, etc.) you want a lot of detail (smaller/sharper strokes). In other areas like his cape/robe, less detail is desired, so larger/less defined strokes work better here. There was nothing scientific in the settings I used for the bottom and middle layers. I just experimented with the values until I liked what I saw in the preview thumbnail."
Last edited by DannyRaphael; 08-18-2004 at 10:46 AM.
Danny, just superb work.
This way you leave us no choice but to go in the exact opposite direction!
re: Keeping track.
For me, mostly by "slowing down" and labeling layers as I go in such a way that I can understand how the layer was created. I've come up with my own "code" that makes sense to me several weeks after the fact.
Excellent result Danny, you put a lot into this one, well done!
Byro - great result, very pleasing to view.
Used levels to lighten the image.
Duped bottom layer 3 times. Working upwards...
L2 - Buzz
L3 - Selected White Area/Invert. Art Media Effects/Brush Strokes/Brush Emboss - deselect
L3 - Blend Mode/Normal/80%
L4 - Blend Mode/Soft Light/40%
Merge all visible.
Selected white area again - added noise and slight blur.
Then applied Art Media Effect again.
Darkened outside of image.
Thanks for the photo.
First of all, I dup bckgr layer, filled with white and created a sketchy image using art history brush (rough ink at 50 opac). Then put back some of original image eg. eye and mouth area etc. Next, impr plug-in, unfortunately i dont remember which, then vp gouache, then slashed down some colors while boosting others using image -replace colors and selective colors to achieve this final effect.
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