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Tugume Benes
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xplorer


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From a photo taken of a student of mine in Uganda. We were on a Biology Field trip to Lake Nabugabo.
I softened the photo with BuzzPro then used painter IX to add an impressionistic look - slight sandstone texture to the paper.
· Date: Mon March 14, 2005 · Views: 4316 · Filesize: 43.4kb, 67.7kb · Dimensions: 800 x 582 ·
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T Paul

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Thu March 17, 2005 1:33pm

Very nice impressionistic results. I like the loose large strokes; they add a playful energy to the image. The colors appear a bit dull in tone though, but I lean towards bright tones, especially in a beach scene. There is also a slight magenta color cast to the image.

You might want to try the following and see what you think:
1. Apply a hue/saturation adjustment layer and increase the saturation just a bit (like +10)
2. Remove the magenta color cast
3. Add a soft light adjustment layer to brighten the colors a bit by adding a Curve Adjustment layer and changing the mode to soft light then adjusting the opacity to your desired amount.

These steps are with Photoshop, but I believe Painter has similar correction options.
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Thu March 17, 2005 2:09pm

Thanks for those observations and suggestions - I am on my way to give them a try. Appreciate the time and trouble you took to make such suggestions.
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Thu March 17, 2005 2:39pm

You were right ! This picture suits a more intense colour style. I have a lot to learn about changing photos into painter type art - I usually try to avoid over saturation in my photos but I suppose photo-art has its own rules ( or maybe none at all ).
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Thu March 17, 2005 7:17pm

Well art is subjective to personal taste. I just find that rich colors tend to be more eye-catching.

You can aslo add a layer mask and vary the amount of saturation you want to show. If you can't add a layer mask, duplicate your original image before increasing the saturation. Next adjust the hue/saturation level on the duplicated image. Finally, erase areas of the image at various levels of opacity to reveal the more subtle tones of the image below. This gives you a bit more control over the image as you can choose what areas and to what level you want to increase the saturation verses increasing the saturation to the entire image.
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