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    New guidelines (subject to fine tuning):
    * For each mini-challenge, post up to two (2) interpretations with attached images of your interpretation(s). **

    * For each include enough step-by-step detail to give someone a reasonable chance to recreate (or approximate) your results. That way all of us can learn from each other. Obviously it’s impossible to explain things like “individual brush strokes,” but do include such details as filters used, plugins used, blend mode detail, etc.

    * Preferred format: 1), 2), 3), etc. on individual steps vs. writing it out in paragraphs. Step-by-step is easier for newbies to follow.

    * If you used a technique described elsewhere, include a link to the thread or tutorial.

    * You may include an additional post with a screenshot of your Layers Palette if that’s easier than writing out the details.

    * If you used one or more Photoshop actions, you can .zip the action set(s) and include in another post separate post or refer to the site from which you downloaded the action, with the applicable action set name.

    Focus on quality, not quantity – and sharing your techniques. Unique and/or creative writeups will be preserved and noted in the "Best of Photo-art" forum.

    ** If you would like to do more interpretations, here’s how to do that:
    - Post them at a public site, such as and include as many links IN A SINGLE POST as you would like.
    - You can edit your own posts after the fact if you create subsequent versions and want to include them. Do not add additional posts (beyond the first that includes links) to the thread for each link to a gallery site.

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    PHOTO ART: Mini-challenge #135 – Vietnam

    Here’s another “mini-challenge” to play with in the Photo-based Art category until the next major challenge is posted here.

    The base image can be downloaded by clicking the link below the photo description.

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    I thought this was a compelling image.

    Let’s start a new era with some compelling interpretations.


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    Meir retains the U.S. and international copyright © not only for the original image, but also for any photo-art versions of it. Unauthorized distribution or use of this image without permission are prohibited.
    Attached Files

  • #2
    This interpretation was done using the Photoshop action available in this action collection.

    The name of the action is "ART-Cutout Jaseck Paint Effect."

    1. Applied action
    2. On a new layer at the top of the layer stack applied the Edit > Stroke command twice, 6 pxl white inside stroke followed by a 3 pxl black inside stroke.

    Attached Files


    • #3
      Here is my contribution.

      By the way, I love the textures in all of the previous submissions.

      Created a Sepia tone, and a sketch.. Laid them on top of each other.. then cropped, burned, and painted white around...
      Attached Files


      • #4
        There's a nice variety of submissions here today. :-)

        1. Make a duplicate layer of the image.
        2. Run buzz simplifier to blur lightly.
        3. Run Flaming Pear's Melancholytron to get the brown tones and edge blur. Reduce opacity slightly to let a little color through.
        4. Turn this layer into a mask and paint the color back into the people and basket.
        5. Lower the red saturation on the original image--the red bag was glowing at this point.

        Buzz can be found here
        Melancholytron can be found here
        Attached Files
        Last edited by Cheryl H; 06-24-2003, 07:22 PM.


        • #5
          My compliments to all for embracing the new format and spirit of detail.

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          I was noticing while plowing through the mini's the past few days how often you included "how to" steps. A belated thanks for doing that so many times in the past, as well has here, too.

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          That's a very creative technique and combination of filters. You're already teaching us how to get more mileage out of our plugin collections!

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          Xaos Pa = Paint Alchemy plugin, right?

          RE: Buzz simplfier
          I'll jump in since I'm here...

          The Buzz plugin comes in various packages (and prices) of which "PRO" consists of more filters (and prests) than the "Lite" package. Simplifier is among the filters and is what put Buzz on the map (I think).

          You know how Photoshop's Glowing Edges filter is like an extension of Find Edges? Buzz Simplfier is in the same ballpark, but gives one much better control over edge selection and characteristics.

          RE: Wanna replace an image?
          That's no problem. Edit your post and in the Attach file box, choose "replace image" and point to your replacement.

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          To see if I understand, you have a layer setup something like this...

          Color Fill (sepia tone)
          Sketch version of the original

          Then you did some buring on the sketch layer?


          • #6
            Yes.. I'm sorry for not following the guidelines... .Didn't notice the new guidelines until after I posted..

            Note to self: work on attention to detail..

            Photoshop 7.0
            1. Duplicated layer and created a sepia toned image.
            2. Duplicated Original again, Desaturated.
            3. Duplicated Desaturated, Inverted and set blend mode
            to "Color Dodge"
            4. Guassian blur on Inverted Layer..
            5. Flattened Desaturated "sketch layers"
            6. Set flattened sketch layer blend mode to "soft light" (I think)
            7. Cropped
            8. Burned some of the lines in on the sketch layer
            9. Created new layer and painted in white with a very large soft
            brush around subjects.
            10. Flattened and saved for web.

            Thats it.. Sorry again for not reading and jumping in before understanding the rules....

            PLEASE FORGIVE ME!!!


            • #7
              Here's a pearlized version:

              Start by duplicating the original layer, and lighten slightly (brightness 20). Duplicate this layer twice. You should now have 4 layers. The original, and 3 lighter ones.

              On the very top layer, make the blend mode dodge (linear dodge, I think), and invert(negative) it. This leaves it looking white. Go to Gaussian Blur, and set it for about 50 or 55. This should change the white layer to a colored sort of haloed layer. Merge this layer with the one immediately beneath it. Set the blend mode for difference, and the opacity to 58%.

              Let's rename the layers so we can keep track of them. Name the lowest one Original, the next up name lighter, and the top one that you just got when you merged, name it halo outline.

              Now, move the "lighter" so that it is on the top. Duplicate this layer. You will now have these layers:

              duplicate of lighter
              halo outline

              Set the duplicate of lighter to dodge blend mode, invert, and then gaussian blur, this time with a setting of 2 or 3. Merge this layer with the one below it.

              Rename the merged layer to Outline. Now your layers should be:

              halo outline

              Duplicate the outline layer. Your layers should now be:

              duplicate of outline
              halo outline

              Make a duplicate of your original layer, and move this to the top.

              Make a duplicate of your halo outline, move this to the top, over the one you just moved.

              Now adjust and check your blend modes and opacities as follows.

              Layers and blend modes as follows:
              Top layer - duplicate of halo outline, set to Luninance, opacity 36
              Next layer down - duplicate of original, color (legacy) blend mode, opacity 100.
              Next layer down - duplicate of outline, set to exclusion, opacity 100.
              Next layer down - outline, set to multiply, opacity 100.
              Next layer down - halo outline, set to difference, opacity 85.
              Bottom layer - original, set to normal.
              Attached Files


              • #8
                Hi Chuck. You didn't miss the top layer, I didn't add it before. I did something a little different, as the original method didn't look right on this image.



                • #9
                  Very nice submissions.

                  Don't have a name for this ...

                  1. Duplicate layer Back ground layer
                  2. On duplicated layer: Filter>Artistic>Cutout…. (No. of Levels = 7 Edge Simplicity = 4 Edge Fidelity = 2)
                  3. Open Oil texture (don’t remember where I got this, will post jpeg after this post)
                  4. On Oil texture document apply Filter>Diffuse>Anisotropic
                  5. Drag or copy Oil texture onto the image you are working on (make top most layer)– resize to cover the complete image.
                  6. Blend Mode = Multiply (you can try other blend modes to taste)
                  7. Emboss Oil texture layer
                  8. Duplicate Oil texture layer – leave both oil texture layers on top.
                  9. Duplicate Cutout lay
                  10. on duplicated Cutout layer -- Image>Adjustments>Desaturate -- then
                  11. Curves In = 110 Out = 161 --- then
                  12. Image>Adjustments>Equalize – then
                  13. Blend Mode = Multiply, Opacity = 27% Fill = 41%
                  14. Duplicate Cutout layer
                  15. On duplicated layer Filter>Stylize>Find Edges – then
                  16. Select>Color Range - used eyedropper to select the light and med grey areas --- then
                  17. Edit>Fill> White 100% opacity -- then
                  18. Blend Mode = Overlay Opacity = 71% Fill = 85% --
                  19. Then Filter>Brush Stokes>Angled Strokes…. Direction Balance=50, Stoke Length =12, Sharpness=5.
                  20. Flatten image
                  21. Image>Adjustments>Brightness/Contrast - Brightness = +9, Contrast = +2
                  22. Image>Adjustments>Hue/Saturation – Saturation +29
                  Attached Files


                  • #10
                    Oil Texture
                    Attached Files


                    • #11
                      Made 3 dupes of the background, applied dry brush, smudge stick, and spatter (one filter to each layer). Changed blend mode to luminosity on each layer, then a levels layer. Merged them and then used a very light craqueler texter.
                      Attached Files


                      • #12
                        2nd submission

                        It's nice to see everyone including the steps they took to get their end result. My printer is busy again today

                        1. Made 2 duplicates of the background.
                        2. Ran Artistic--Palette Knife on the bottom copy.
                        3. Ran Texture--Photo copy on the top copy. Reduced opacity by half and changed the blending mode--I think I settled on color burn in the end.
                        4. Added a hue/saturation adjustment layer on top and reduced the saturation a little over half way down.
                        5. Painted with black on the hue/saturation layer to get the color back in the people.
                        Attached Files


                        • #13
                          E.B. ---

                          Very interesting results.

                          I'm trying to recreate, but am havig some difficulties. Something like

                          D. Levels
                          C. Copy of BG + Dry brush (Luminosity, ??%)
                          B. Copy of BG + Smudge Stick (Luminosity, ??%)
                          A. Copy of BG + Spatter (Luminosity, ??%)

                          ...then flattened and apply Craquelure.

                          What opaicty %'s (approx) are you using on the Dry Brush, Smudge Stick and Spatter layers?



                          • #14
                            Originally posted by TwinbNJ
                            Open Oil texture (don't remember where I got this, will post jpeg after this post)
                            You got it from me. (How soon they forget... sob-bbb-b--b-b-bb...)

                            It's one of the oil paint textures I made a while back. Chuck likes to use the Van Gogh one (a lot...hehe). This one came before that.

                            You can find those two and one more here:

                            And the original texture in vertical format here:

                            Jill, you've done an excellent rendition here...very nice indeed!



                            • #15

                              Reverse layer A and C...spatter should be just under levels.

                              Dry Brush: Brush Size 2, Detail 8, Texture 1

                              Smudge Stick: Stroke 2, Highlight 0, Intensity 10

                              Spatter: Radius 10, Smoothness 5

                              As I've said before, I'm still experimenting with this. One thing I don't understand is that with Spatter as the next to the top layer, turning of the other filterd layers doesn't seem to have any effect, at least that I could tell. It's possible that you could eliminate the dry brush and smudge stick layers and get the same result.

                              I'll have to check that out.



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