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    PHOTO ART: Mini-challenge #142 – Sailing Ship

    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 legal verbiage.

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    We haven't done anything nautical of late, so let's take this one for a spin(naker).


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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). ## SEE BELOW.

    * 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:

    on individual steps vs. writing it out in paragraphs. Step-by-step is easier for newbies to follow.

    * If you used a technique or tutorial described elsewhere, include a link it if possible.

    * 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 and attach in an additional post or refer to the download site, 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.

    In addition...
    * Questions about technical matters or method clarification are welcome.

    * Compliment works you truly admire. Don't feel compelled to comment on (or feel guilty about not commenting on) every single image.

    ## 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.
    - If you create subsequent versions and want to include them, you can edit your own posts to add/change/delete links to outside galleries. It's not necessary to add additional posts to the thread for each link to a gallery site.
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  • #2
    Used the tutorial by Cheryl...Midnight Serenade.

    Thanks C.
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    • #3
      Danny--Thanks for taking the time to find a challenge image.

      Oscar--That's one of my favorite looks too. I think it suited this image.

      Don--Your variation of the crosshatch worked very well. The colors you chose suit the effect.

      I'm looking for a rougher style. This is my latest exploration--not widely tested.

      Rough sketch 1

      1. 2 duplicate copies of background. Turn the top one off (it’s used at the end and it’s convenient to have it already at the top).

      We work on the middle layer for a while.

      2. Image—Adjustments—Desaturate
      3. Duplicate desaturated layer.
      4. On the duplicate layer set the blending mode to Color Dodge. Run Filter—Blur—Gaussian Blur between 4-8.
      5. Merge Down. Duplicate desaturated layer.
      6. On upper desaturated layer, set the blending mode to multiply. Run Filter—Blur—Gaussian Blur with the same settings and used in step 4.
      7. Merge Down. This is your base sketch layer.
      8. Make 3 copies of the base sketch layer.
      9. On the top duplicate, run Filter—Brush Strokes—Sumi. Reduce opacity to 50%.
      10. On the middle duplicate, Run Filter—Brush Strokes—Dark Strokes. Set the blending mode to Pin Light.
      11. On the lower duplicate, run Filter—Artistic—Fresco. Set the blending mode to Luminosity.
      12. Turn on the color layer at the top. Set the blending mode to color.
      13. Add a new pattern fill layer at the top. Set the blending mode to Soft Light and the opacity to 70%. This will add texture.

      Update: after playing with this, it seems you will get better results if after step 12 you duplicate the upper layer and change the blending mode (multiply, color burn, overlay, experiment) at around 50%
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      Last edited by Cheryl H; 07-13-2003, 08:18 PM.


      • #4
        Danny , very fantastic picture given for the work.
        It is straight infront of me and I realised that how huge it is.
        It is even in my reach to paint by hand.

        But I got a rough pastel only. here it is .....

        It is with Filter > Artistic > Rough pastel >
        texture- canvas
        light direction - bottom left

        yes the water bird is now near to you...


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        • #5
          Very good renditions are here so far, and Chery - yours is a good looking one something like dry pastel work - very good...

          Don, your second version is very interesting. perfect match of Crosshatch.

          LactoBeeZor yours is also very nice work..

          thank you every body...




          • #6
            Here is another Highpass Ship .

            The game is :- Filter >Distort > Wave >
            Type - Sine - Wrap around

            No. of generations - 1
            Wave length --min - 5 - max -7

            Amplitude -- 2, - 4

            Horizontal -- 57% vertical --81%

            And applied High pass filter...

            Did chroma corrections in the levels by adjusting three channels one after another..

            The High pass Ship...


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            Last edited by vijayan; 07-14-2003, 06:36 AM.


            • #7
              An oil attempt.

              Mixing things up a bit. Still using Paint Engine, Impressionist along with color/saturation adjustments, just, after the color/saturation adjustments, starting with Paint Engine first (Arctic Preset). I then do Detailed Colored Pencil. I add the PS Chrome on a separate layer set to Overlay then Open the whole Shabang in GIMP for texture bumpmapping (adding the canvas and such).
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              • #8
                That is a very nice painting effect Ikroll. You do manage to find some nice photos to work from.

                I used Danny's photobobbie action to get a painted effect.

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                • #9
                  I buzzed several layers and came up with this effect.

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                  • #10
                    Thanks Cathy.

                    I just wish I could play with the myriad of cool actions out there, but alas, I have PS 5.5 and can't run most of them. Very cool effect Cathy.

                    Anyway, I've been experimenting with various blends of Impressionist and Paint Engine. Just started a Degas Thread here (I know I'm not even close to Degas quality, but I had a lot of fun experimenting) where I posted a few renderings using a very similar (maybe a bit more mature) technique that I used for the ship. The technique I used is actually outlined on Fred Miranda's site which you can find a link if you click on the thread. Still have some tweaking to do. I'm also having to do a lot of cleaning/smudging with my tired point finger and mouse.
                    Last edited by lkroll; 11-26-2005, 10:46 PM.


                    • #11
                      I wanted to see a refection of the boat in the water.

                      PhotoShop CS2

                      1. Enlarged the canvas to accomodate the reflection
                      2. Selected the entire photo and copied the selection to a new layer then moved the copy below the original.
                      3. Transformed the copy by dragging the top transform handle "through" itself vertically. to create the reflection then skewed the copy slightly. Cloned in the missing areas of the resulting skew.
                      4. Did some distortions to the copy
                      5. Ran a minor lighting effect
                      6. Cropped the entire image to remove excess canvas.
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                      • #12
                        Nice one swampy, knew it was lacking but couldn't put my finger on it


                        • #13
                          Thanks, Cassidy :-)

                          I did this one very quickly, but as I look at it now, I probably should have done a little more clone work on some of the "land mass" areas that would not reflect so far off shore.


                          • #14
                            Cheryl H. Nice Chalk effect.
                            Vijayan: I like your second effect, cool distortion/wave effect.
                            lkroll: creative use of oil, impressionist et al, how many softwares do you really have !
                            Cazubi: Buzzed effect seems cooler than photobobbie one.
                            Swampy: Cool reflectios in the water, quite realistic too.

                            Since I think, that WaterColor is usually bright and colorful, I did this entirely in Painter 9 without any adjustments of any kind. The kids love these bright images.

                            1. Open Image in Painter: File > Open
                            2. Clone Image. File > Clone.
                            3. Lift Canvas to watercolor layer. Layers > Lift Canvas to Watercolor Layer.
                            4. Then Layers > Wet Entire Water Color Layer.
                            5. Then Paint with WaterColor Brush, Wash Camel variant while still Wet from 4 at size 26 opacity 16, feature 5.3
                            6. After you have painted in 5 very lightly, you do not need more than 2 passes over entire area; then switch brushes to Watercolor: Splatter Water variant and just dab a little spots here and there over the entire canvas to give it a water drippage effect. You do not need to do this effect, if you do not like it.
                            7. Now dry the layer, Layers > Dry WaterColor Layer.
                            8. The Water Color Layer is always in Gel Blend Mode. Change that to Color Mode through Layers Palette. This changes it to a colorful mode.
                            9. To add a texture to it and muck it up a bit, go to paper textures and pick French Water Color Palette from the Tool Menu. Then go to Effects > 3D Brush Strokes and here I increased softness to 20 % or more, as I like things mucked up nicely. The larger the number the more funky the look. (Here you can fine tune all the elements the way you want).
                            10. You now have a colorful watercolor like effect.
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                            Last edited by Chance_1; 11-29-2005, 02:30 PM.


                            • #15
                              Re: PHOTO ART: Mini-challenge #142 – Sailing Ship

                              Just messing around started with sketch and ahb then just kept going

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