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  • Tutorial 07: Dreamy Color Art

    This method or variations on it are posted many places on the internet. With the right image (ones with a fair amount of detail and some color variation) the results can be very pleasing. It doesn't work all that well, however, on portraits.

    1. Background: Layer > Duplicate Layer… (New name: "A: Blurred")

    2. "A.": Set blend mode = Darken

    3. Background: Layer > Duplicate Layer… (New name: "B: Edges")

    4. Cool trick: ALT + CTRL + SHIFT + ] (Right Bracket)
    (This keyboard shortcut moves the current layer to the top of the layer stack. If you ever get into writing Photoshop actions, this shortcut will come in real handy. If for whatever reason this does not work for you, just drag the layer to the top of the stack like you normally would.)

    5. "A.": Click eye to turn off.

    6. Background: Click eye to turn off.

    7. "B. Edges": Filter > Stylize > Find Edges

    8. "B. Edges": CTRL + SHIFT + U (Image > Adjustments > Desaturate)

    9. Layer > Create New Adjustment Layer… Levels. (Name: "C. Levels"; click GROUP WITH PREVIOUS LAYER box.)

    Alternative to using the menu for PS7 users: Hold down the ALT key, click (and HOLD) the “Create new fill or adjustment layer” icon at the bottom of the Layers palette. Drag down and select LEVELS.

    When an adjustment layer is “grouped” with a layer, the adjustment affects only the layer with which it is grouped, whereas an ungrouped adjustment layer affects ALL layers below it.

    10. "C.": Adjust the sliders until you get nice, crisp lines. For this example I used 88, .52, 172.

    11. Turn on Background and layer "A.”

    12. Click on “B” to select this layer.

    13. "B": Set the blend mode to Darken (or Multiply). Since white is the neutral color of the Darken and Multiply blend modes, the layers below will be revealed.

    14. Click on “C” to select this layer.

    15. Add a new Levels adjustment layer (See step 9. Do NOT “Group with previous layer” this time. (Name: “D. Levels All”).

    16. “D”: Values I used 29, 1.34. 194. This will brighten the overall image.

    17. Layer > Create New Adjustment Layer… Hue / Saturation (Name “E. Hue / Sat”).

    18. “E”: In default mode (EDIT: RGB), when you drag any of the sliders, the changes are being applied simultaneously to all the color channels (Red, Green and Blue). Alternatively you can adjust the characteristics of narrower color ranges. In the EDIT dropdown menu, select the color range you want to alter, for example Red or Green. Experiment with other colors. Adjusting Red and Green work well in this example because of the abundance of those colors in this example.

    If things go terribly wrong while messing with the Hue / Saturation sliders and you want to start over without clicking Cancel and reopening the dialog box, hold down the ALT key. When you do note the label on the Cancel button changes from “Cancel” to “Reset.” Click “Reset” to undo all changes made thus far.

    19. “A”: Click to select this layer.

    20. “A”: Run Filters > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Blur to taste (I used 12 in the example) or leave well enough alone.

    Make further adjustments to layers C, D or E as necessary.

    VARIATIONS
    ---------------
    20. Instead of Gaussian Blur, try Motion Blur. Then apply another filter such as Artistic > Cutout or Artistic > Dry Brush.

    KEY POINTS IN THIS LESSON:
    * Understand how results differ depending on whether “Group with previous layer” is in effect or not.
    * Using the Levels adjustment layer grouped with a Find Edges layer is a way of reducing “noise,” giving more emphasis to edge lines.
    * There’s a keyboard shortcut for just about everything Photoshop can do. In fact there are books devoted entirly to the subject of keyboard shortcuts.
    * Many dialog boxes support the "Hold down the ALT key and the Cancel button becomes a Reset button" function.
    * In the Hue/Saturation dialog you have the option of changing individual color ranges (EDIT: [color]) or the all color ranges at once (EDIT: RGB).

    Have fun!

    ~DannyR~
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    Last edited by DannyRaphael; 03-11-2003, 11:59 PM.

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    Find Edges + Levels

    Layers B, C "on."
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    • #3
      Before Blur applied to layer A

      All layers on...

      You may like the image as is here. Step 19 just completed.
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      • #4
        After 12 plx blur applied to layer A

        Some people like the blurred look...others do not.
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        • #5
          >> Ingore the attachment <<

          Ingore the attachment. It's blank.

          The purpose of this post is to provide a placeholder for a future image for this tutorial.
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