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  • PHOTO ART: Mini-challenge #144 – Jose

    Guidelines? Give 'em a rest!

    Since I'm going on vacation and won't be back for a week, let's give providing the detailed steps a vacation, too. As a reward for so many fine writeups so far the how-to detail will be optional for this mini-challenge.

    Still, limit your submissions to no more than two (2).

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    PHOTO ART: Mini-challenge #144 – Jose

    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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    Looks like a great opportunity to try out your best sketch or oil-painting techniques.


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    J. Pacheo 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.
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  • #2
    Here's my sketch attempt. Can't wait to see some of those great smudger's work on this's going to be great! My smudging looks more like a 4 year olds fingerpainting, so I won't even attempt it

    Wouldn't you know it. I just got through reading the newest rules and regs (post with detailed instructions), and Danny lets us off this time! Oh's the detailed instructions...

    1 - Converted the original to a black and white image with the channel mixer and curves. The end result looked like this:

    2 - Then did a standard sketch (dupe, invert, color dodge mode, g blur) to just bring out the lines slightly. I then opened a new layer and did a "stamp visible" (ctrl+shift+alt+E). I'll call this layer "lines".
    3 - Duped the original, b+w version and ran smart blur on it to simplify it, then ran the standard sketch method on this layer also. Painted back a bit more tones with the brush on this layer.
    4 - Placed the "lines" layer on top of this smart blur/sketch and set the blending mode to "multiply".
    5 - Used a channel mixer layer (0 red, 40 green, 60 blue) to get a b+w sketch version.
    6 - Used a color balance layer to give it a bit of color.
    7 - Used a curves layer to give it a bit more contrast and depth to the midtones.
    8 - Added a bit of film grain to give depth to the shadows.
    9 - Duped this layer, ran gaussian blur on it, then set the blend mode to "soft light" and lowered the opacity just a bit.
    10 - Another curves layer to lighten the shadows and deepen the midtones slightly.

    Have a great vacation, Danny!



    • #3
      Oops, I guess I lost the image when I edited
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      • #4
        Danny thank you for posting ths good portrait to work.

        Pam, It is a very good attempt in sketch..You oly Know how was its original problem....
        thank you Pam..

        here is my JOSE, .. this is also a sketch..Charcol..
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        • #5
          Another swipe at the painterly-look. I kinda like these "relaxed" rules!
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          • #6
            This man has great character in his face. This was fun to work with.

            My thanks to whoever I borrowed the start from and my apologies for not giving you credit. This comes from a layers palette shot that I printed and can't find anymore. I forgot to staple the directions to the palette shot when I printed it, so who knows what it was really supposed to look like. I put the original back on top to give just a hint of color when I finished.

            Update 7/20/03 I found the directions that went with the palette shot I used. I wasn't even close. The process I actually used can be found in the Try-It section under Soft Sketch
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            Last edited by Cheryl H; 07-20-2003, 05:10 PM.


            • #7
              Danny, yours is a very supper work, and that effects never changes his charecter also.

              Chery,yours is also have touch flow of creativity...

              thank you danny and Chery..

              This is again filters -
              Filter>Texture>Patchwork = JosUP

              thank you


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              • #8

                I applied my simplifier, poster7 from Paint Engine, then applied PSP8's colored edges, using black.

                Then I cut the dude out and pasted him on a black background, softened and applied an asphault texture, as it seemed to fit the face.

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                • #9
                  I worked on this one last week and never took it out of the "work" file. Well...for better or it is....
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                  • #10

                    Hi new here . Paint Shop Pro user. But not a pro by any means. But like to see what I can come up with.
                    This one I used Buzz stack/ink/adj opacity
                    HSL adj
                    B/C adj
                    G Blurr .
                    Merge dulp
                    Black pencil
                    Enchange edge / opacity adj
                    Dulp / texture
                    Hope my upload works.
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                    • #11

                      Liked this photo so played again but did not take notes.
                      Think i should have made the eyes stand out more.
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                      • #12
                        Two Steps:
                        1) Fotomatic Pseudo-IR (available from
                        2) buZZ simplifier 3

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                        • #13
                          Corel painter8 (lighting effect and blend brush)and ps7 plugin vp watercolor.
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                          • #14
                            One more by me.
                            Added a threshold layer, overlay blend, opac47, also a render-clouds layer, overlay, and one ps drybrush, before merging and applying virtual p, oil, and buzz stack oil (without color edges and simplifier1). Added color to backgr.
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                            • #15
                              What an interesting thread once again....! Really enjoyable.

                              Duped background layer.
                              L2 - Soft Focus
                              PSP Brushstrokes/Water Colour - Mode Normal - 78%
                              Duped L2
                              L3 - Overlay Mode 60%
                              Merged all and placed into
                              larger image with white bg.
                              Erased to get rid of hard edges.
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