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  • PHOTO ART: Mini-Challenge #56 – Chicago Skyline II

    Forgive the brevity. I've got the flu. I'll populate this post with the traditional verbiage tomorrow.

    Picture by Art Hill.

    For the record I screwed up last week. THIS is the image that was supposed to have been posted for the mini-challenge. Second chances are good!
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    Adjust levels.
    Duplicate layer (BG copy #1) and set Brightness = 15, contrast = 20.
    Duplicate layer (BG copy #2).
    On BG copy #1 apply cutout (8,3,3)
    Select BG copy #2, set blend to soft light and opacity to 80%.
    Merge down.
    Smart blur (2,20,low,normal)
    Hue =5, Saturation =20
    Apply Sandstone texture
    Sign, flatten, resize and save.

    Catia
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    • #3
      My goal was a watercolor over sketch look. This process is still wobbly--the top 2 layers vary by image in the blending mode that's best. Also, while I used the find edges method for the sketch on this one, I find that the soft sketch (gaussian blur method) is frequently better.

      Make 3 duplicate layers from the background. We'll start at the bottom and work our way up. Leave the background layer untouched. Each number represents a layer.

      1. (bottom duplicate) Filter--Brush Strokes--Sprayed Strokes (20, 25, right diagonal); Filter--Brush Strokes--Sprayed Strokes (20, 25, left diagonal); Edit--Fade--65%; Filter--Artistic--Sponge (10, 0, 15)
      2. (middle duplicate) Filter--Artistic--Sponge (10, 0, 15). Set Blending mode to Lighten. (sometimes other blending modes look better--it depends on the image)
      3. (top duplicate) Filter--Stylize--Find Edges. Set to Overlay blending mode (try others modes) at around 30% (note: good values for this layer vary by image--anything from 20-70%)
      4. The image is probably overly washed out. Add a new Levels Adjustment layer and clip the ends to the ends of the histogram.
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      • #4
        Primative Watercolor

        Just playing around. Not pretty to most, but I enjoyed the challenge.
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        • #5
          Watery color..............

          Steve
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          • #6
            Oh Wow Steve that is a lovely watercolour and you used psp9 too, well done!!! Steve reminds me of paint by numbers!!!

            I got carried away again with trimoon tuts.
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            • #7
              I thank you kindly. I am not a great watercolor fan, but thought this rendering was ok.

              Steve

              Originally posted by Legacy~Art
              Oh Wow Steve that is a lovely watercolour and you used psp9 too, well done!!! Steve reminds me of paint by numbers!!!

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              • #8
                I like Steve's wc better.

                Good job Steve. Humbled I am.

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                • #9
                  Catia: like your colorful watercolor like effect.
                  Cheryl H: Cool looking transparency effect you have obtained.
                  Steve Conway: Cool looking water color.

                  Here is my water color, in Painter 9, painted on wet layer with dry camel brush with high opacity to give it a night time effect.
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                  • #10
                    chance,

                    that's quite a bit different. i like that.

                    Craig

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                    • #11
                      Thanks Kraellin! I need to figure out how to get an avatar going !

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                      • #12
                        you're welcome.

                        dont know if you can upload an avatar to here. i put mine on another site and link to it from here. use your profile to add the link, if that's how you do it. i suppose you could just make a thread here, attach a picture, and link to that. shld work.

                        Craig

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                        • #13
                          Danny great second try -howed you do that???

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                          • #14
                            No offense or "humbling" intended. Your version showed a lot of imagination and was quite well done. I only have the guts to post what I do because I believe in "the eye of the beholder" idea. And what looks great to some will look like junk to others. 8-)

                            Thanks for your kind comments.

                            Steve

                            Originally posted by lkroll
                            Good job Steve. Humbled I am.

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                            • #15
                              Danny, ya caught me in an arty mood. Fun project!

                              Photoshop CS

                              1. Ran a sketch filter and adjusted the levels on the result
                              2. Painted on a new layer with a Dry Brush
                              3. Added frame
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