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    PHOTO ART: Mini-Challenge #04

    Here’s another “mini-challenge” to play with in the Photo-based Art category.

    Unlike “official challenges” for this forum posted here, this one will be self-contained within this thread. It is intended as a souce of amusement until the next official challenge is posted.

    The rules are more-or-less the same:
    * It’s a challenge, not a contest -- intended to provide opportunities to experiment, share methods and/or techniques..
    * Everyone who participates is a winner.
    * There’s no expiration date.

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    #4 – Butterfly

    This image is courtesy of member FreeImages.com. It is posted as a "promotion" and cannot be used for commercial purposes without complying with the usage agreement / conditions spelled out in excruciating legal detail at their site.

    Guidelines:
    1. Use any method, application(s), filters, plug-ins, style, whatever you like to convert this photo to “art.” Watercolor, oil, pastel, Art History Brush, sketch, van Gogh (eek!), convert to black and white, add a frame, hand-paint it, superimpose an image of Michael Jordan over it, etc. – Makes no difference. Whatever floats your boat as long as you follow guideline #4 in the process.

    2. When done, reply to this thread and attach your work (don’t forget the 100K size limit). Note: Multiple entries OK if you’re so inspired.

    3. Since this mini-challenge, don’t feel like a detailed step-by-step description on how you achieved your results is required, but at least share what applications and/or plugins you used… More detail is welcome if you’re so inclined.

    4. Have fun

    OK. Playtime!

    ~DannyR~
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  • #2
    A quick and sloppy usage of the extract tool to isolate the butterfly, then hue/sat to change colors. Imported a little friend in yellow, ran a SPLAT! pattern for texture and a couple of Flaming Pear freebie filters, some curves and sharpen tool and a frame. Lunchtime at the popular plant!
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    • #3
      What a deal: Photo art during lunch! Great way to relax and have a few minutes of fun + exercise the creativity muscles.

      Like the more vibrant colors and your addition of "friends," who decided to drop by for a little chit-chat! You have the knack even when your time is short.

      ~Danny~

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      • #4
        This has nothing to do with the Art Mini-Challenge, I just thought it was interesting. When I first saw the butterfly pic, my first thought was that it had been way oversharpened via USM, so I wondered how to lessen that effect.

        I ran 'minimize' on it at the lowest setting, then faded that another 13%. Not perfect, but it's a tip I'd never heard of before

        I painted the logo back in with the history brush.
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        • #5
          Ok, this IS having to do with the mini-Challenge, but it's purely accidental. I took my un-usm version, laid it over the orig, and applied difference blend mode. Then I flattened, inverted, and applied a tiny gaussian blur.
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          • #6
            Difference Blend Mode: Finally a useful use

            I knew that if I oversharpened that butterfly before I posted it, somebody would call me on it!

            Facinating technique, Doug. I've been mucking with it the past hour or so...

            A couple clarification questions:

            RE: faded that another 13%...
            ...does this translate to Fade/Normal/13% or 87%?

            RE: I ran 'minimize' on it at the lowest setting
            You meant to write "Minimum," right?

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            The first time I tried your recipe, there wasn't enough "difference" between the top and bottom layers. I got a completely black screen.

            I then I tried moving the lower layer to offset the pixels a smidge using the MOVE tool and clicking the DOWN and RIGHT arrows twice each. This yielded a very interesting - (for me) a very detailed outline, more detailed than Find Edges or (inverted) Glowing Edges.

            Also trying various combinations of...
            * Background copy, Blend=Difference, apply Gaussian Blur to taste
            * Background

            Finally, a potential use for that goofy Difference blend mode Looks like this has the the possiblity of becoming another "photo-art" basic technique. .

            Thanks for sharing your findings and results. Nice to have that 'how to undo some oversharpening' wizardry in the bag of tricks.

            Did I mention your accidental-art butterfly is very cool? I didn't? OK. It definitely is.

            ~Danny~

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            • #7
              Hey, I like the goofy difference mode

              Yeah, 87% and -mum's the word.
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              • #8
                Danny - where are the attachments? I wanna see...
                Jeanie

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                • #9
                  Jasc Virtual Painter

                  Original posts deleted and replaced by this and the following one. For some reason the attachments didn't "attach" on the first go around. Probably "Operator Error." DannyR

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                  Sometimes Jasc's Virtual Painter can generate a pretty decent outcome. I especially like how the Color Pencil effect really seems to bring out colors.

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                  Layer stack:
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                  C. Copy of B; applied Angled strokes; blend=overlay
                  B. Copy of Background; applied Virtual Painter "color pencil" effect; blend=overlay
                  A. Background (original image less logo)

                  Keep having FUN!

                  ~DannyR~
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                  • #10
                    Minimum, Maximum, Smart Blur

                    This one was a result of trying various combinations of the Minimum, Maximum and Smart Blur filters...
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                    • #11
                      Wow - you aren't kidding that it brings out the colors, Danny! I need to find my sunglasses!

                      All kidding aside... These are both very colorful images - and I like color! If you want people to focus on the butterfly though, you might want to tone down the bright green a bit, since it seems to overpower the image.

                      I like your experiment with minimum and maximum - I have yet to really understand those two filters, so it's interesting to see them used. Thanks!

                      Jeanie

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                      • #12
                        Doug, I love the subtle effect you got on your image - very "light" just like a butterfly.

                        Also - interesting tip on "unsharpening". Thanks.

                        Jeanie

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                        • #13


                          Ok, this is just for fun, here's my donation. I first selected the butterfly and duplicated. Color balance -100 for cyan, mag, + 100 blue. Effects, pattern, darken mode, 90% opacity. The pattern was somewhat like lattice, not quite, but I liked it. I found out you learn a lot trying out different filters, and combination of filters
                          Sorry, guys, I did it in Deluxe. Not for long, I'm going to widen my horizons

                          Wanda
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                          • #14
                            Wanda:

                            "Oh, yeah!"

                            Very creative. Lattice-work is inspired. Thanks for playing along. Your contributions are always welcome and appreciated.

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                            Jeanie:

                            Yer right about the gr-eeeen. It is pretty bright! Good call.

                            ~Danny~

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                            • #15


                              Danny, thanks, and you're welcome Thanks for this forum, it's a lot of fun, and not so stressful

                              Wanda

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