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  • Tutorial: Trimoon sketch method - Red Shouldered Hawk

    I’m doing a step by step example on how I do my Photo to Sketch art. I think this one will be easy to follow. I am going to post it tomorrow.
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  • #2

    I am going to post the photo next.
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    • #3
      This is the original photo I shot on Monday.

      Camera Model Name
      Canon EOS D30
      Shooting Date/Time
      10/14/2002 12:15:00 PM
      Shooting Mode
      Aperture-Priority AE
      Tv (Shutter Speed)
      Av (Aperture Value)
      Metering Mode
      Exposure Compensation
      ISO Speed
      100.0 - 400.0 mm
      Focal Length
      400.0 mm
      Image Size
      2160 x 1440
      Image Quality
      White Balance
      AF Mode
      AI Servo AF
      Contrast Normal
      Sharpness Normal
      Color Saturation Normal
      File Size
      2689 KB
      Serial Number
      Drive Mode
      Continuous shooting
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      Last edited by Trimoon; 10-16-2002, 08:21 AM.


      • #4
        Both are beautiful but I like the colored one best. Boy they are so beautiful in flight. Excellent photo.


        • #5

          Wow, really outstanding, can't make a choice over which is better.


          • #6
            The sketches are gorgeous... I like the b/w one better but both are great. I am looking forward (drool...) to reading your technique!!!

            What REALLY impressed me though was the PHOTO you took! Wow!

            Last edited by ; 10-16-2002, 10:50 AM.


            • #7
              I love the black and white sketch. Both are excellent rendition. More amazing is how you captured the image of the bird in mid flight.

              Just as Phyllis and the rest of the group, I am waiting for the tutorial.



              • #8
                You have created many beautiful photos as shown on your website, and this is especially wonderfu -- the extension of one wing and the curve of the other -- and the feathers! Your rendering of the photos into sketches is wonderful, but your initial capture of the subject is awesome!


                • #9
                  Ok Here It Is

                  By Steve LeQuier AKA Trimoon and Danny Raphael

                  These are the steps I used to generate the "pencil sketch" effect in first image of the hawk posted in this thread.

                  IMPORTANT: The attachment in at the bottom of this post is the Lighting Effects Action file to be used in step #12.

                  Note: larger images do best 100-200 dpi

                  STEPS: (Note: If applicable the layer on which the step applies is the first "word" in the step. The various setting values are guidelines. Make your own choices to suit your personal preferences.)

                  1. IMAGE > Document > Duplicate. It's always a good idea to make modifications to a copy of the original file.

                  2. If your image has multiple layers, now would be a good time to flatten it (IMAGE > Flatten Image).

                  3. "Background": LAYER > Duplicate. New layer name: "Monochrome"

                  4. "Background": Click 'eyeball' to turn this layer off.

                  5. "Monochrome": Click to select; IMAGE > Adjust > Channel Mixer. Click "monochrome" box. Adjust sliders to suit. I generally prefer lighter images to darker ones; it just depends on the image.

                  6. "Monochrome": LAYER > Duplicate. New layer name: "BC" (for Brightness / Contrast)

                  7. "BC": Set blend mode to Overlay

                  8. "BC": IMAGE > Adjust > Brightness / Contrast. Set Brightness to +25; Contrast to +35.

                  9. Create a new layer on top of the layer stack. New layer name: "Base".

                  10. LAYER > Merge Visible. This will populate layer "Base" by combining layers Monochrome" and "BC".

                  11. "Base": LAYER > Duplicate. New layer name: "Lighting Effects"

                  12. "Lighting Effects": apply the Action “LightingEffects” you downloaded earlier.

                  13. "Lighting Effects": Set blend mode to Overlay and adjust Opacity to suit.

                  14. Create a new layer on top of the layer stack. New layer name: "Mask 1"

                  15. "Mask 1": EDIT > Fill. Contents: White.

                  16. "Mask 1:" Create a Layer Mask by clicking the "Add Layer Mask" icon at the bottom of the Layers palette.

                  17. Press the D key, followed by the X key to reset the default foreground / background colors to white / black and exchange them so black is the foreground color.

                  18. Photoshop 7: Select "Brush heavy flow scattered" from the brush menu. If this brush is not available, select "wet media brushes" from the dropdown menu. PS6 and below: Select one of the natural media brushes.

                  19. Set the brush size to about 20 pixels and opacity in the range of 10%-20%. Adjust the opacity setting as needed as you proceed with the next step.

                  20. Start painting on the Layer Mask. As you paint the image below will gradually be revealed. In other industries this is called "glazing" or "wiping," where color is applied and then removed gradually in stages.

                  21. This is where your artistic judgment and abilities are put to the test. Continue painting on the Layer Mask until the image "looks right" to you. Note: If you remove too much white, exchange the foreground / background colors (hit "X" key) and paint-back the mask, hiding the image below.

                  22. As a final touch create another layer at the top of the layer stack. Name it "Texture."

                  23. "Texture": EDIT > Fill. Content: 50% gray.

                  24. "Texture": Set blend mode to Overlay.

                  25. "Texture": FILTERS > Texture > Texturizer. Select a texture from the dropdown menu. A texture I frequently choose is "Sandstone" with these settings: Scaling, 100%; Relief, 2; Light Direction: Bottom Right.

                  26. Once you are satisfied with the image, you may flatten it if desired.

                  I would like to thank Danny Raphael for his hard work, without which this tutorial would not have been possible.
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                  Last edited by DannyRaphael; 07-05-2004, 07:12 PM.


                  • #10
                    Moon...this is terrific!! Can't wait to try it out!

                    As always, GORGEOUS photo!


                    • #11
                      Thanks, moon

                      I really appreciate the tutorial! Going to print it out pronto...



                      • #12
                        I use a PC, and found that the 'Lighting effect' file did have a suffix attached which had to be removed before I could get PShop to use it as a lighting effect filter. (file saved as Pencil02.txt but worked when I renamed it as Pencil02. )

                        Thanks, Trimoon! Thanks Danny, for translating the steps into a web tutorial.


                        • #13
                          Beautiful hawk photo and artwork..I am partial to the pencil sketch and can't wait to get home to try your technique. Thankyou for sharing your knowledge. It really helps people trying to learn these techniques.



                          • #14
                            Thanks for taking the time to help create this tutorial and for running this really informative and fun forum..I know you spend tons of time and effort to keep us happy..



                            • #15

                              RE: "I would like to thank Danny Raphael for his hard work, without which this tutorial would not have been possible."

                              You're very welcome. It was a pleasure collaborating with you. (Let's do it again sometime - anytime!)

                              Fact is without your generous sharing spirit and having crafted version 1.0, I would have had nothing to contribute. I truly appreciate you taking the initiative, and having confidence in me to do a little fine tuning.

                              RE: CJ's comment about the preset downloading as "pencil02.txt"
                              She's right. If you could rename the file without the suffix(just "pencil02"), that will fix this minor bug. Good catch, CJ, and thx for posting the "gotcha."


                              It's a privilege to be associated with this site and in particular the wonderful and talented folks who participate in this forum. Believe me, I enjoy every single moment.

                              Thanks for the kind words. They are sincerely appreciated.



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