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    PHOTO ART: Mini-challenge #151 – Cute Little Monkey

    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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    Okay: It's not a monkey, technically.

    This is a shot of a duoc langur (native of Vietnam and Laos, taken at the San Diego Zoo by Alan Smallbone. Note: This was taken through glass and despite the fairly long expousre (around 1/25 of a second) the detail is quite sharp. (Nice job, Alan.)


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    Alan Smallbone 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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    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 to 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 crafted and you would like to share them, .zip the action set and attach in an additional post or refer to the download site with the applicable action set name(s).

    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
    Sponge Primate

    Basically Danny did this one.. with slight modifications.

    I ran Danny's work in progress action "Sponge Halftone".

    I took the base copy layer from that and changed it to soft light.

    I added another layer set the blending mode to overlay and painted in white where I wanted a little more detail as the action came out very dark.
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    • #3

      I only provide the toolbox; YOU do the hard work! Nice job of improving the results generated by the action.

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      I used action ART-Oils via CNC-djr from the collection that can be downloaded here: It looks a little more dry-brushed than oiled, but, "Oh well."

      Added a little Ocean Ripple filter to selected areas of layer A and added 2-color stroke frame.

      Anybody got a banana?

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      Alan - thanks again for a cute pic.
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      • #4
        What a cutie. I'm going to have to play more with him later.

        Charity--that's one of my favorite actions to play with too! I love the results you got out of it. Unless I'm mistaken, there seems to be a lot of it hidden in Danny's new craq-difference tiles in the 7A action set (link in Danny's post).

        Danny--that action should carry a warning label--it's addictive.

        I've been back on virtual painter the last few days. Working from bottom to top, each number represents a duplicate layer.
        (Note for Harry--this is vp4--you'll need to adjust the default settings).
        I'm going to use this shorthand:
        material= M, Rendering = R, Color = C, Deformation = D, Focus = F

        1. Watercolor M 0, R +3, C -3, D 0, F -5
        2. Pointillism M +5, C 0, D 0, F -5 (soft light)
        3. Pastel M 0, R +5, C -3, D 0, F -5 (saturation)
        4. Oil painting M +5, R -2, C -5, D 0, F -3 (color)
        5. Gouache M +4, R 0, C -5, D 2, F -2 (luminosity)
        6. Find Edges (saturation 50%)
        7. Gaussian blur soft sketch (linear burn)
        8. Original (soft light 55%)
        9. Pattern fill layer in soft light for texture
        10. Adjustment layer to lighten midtones.
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        • #5
          Used Color Range to select each hue separately to its own layer, and ran Hue/Sat to emphasize the colors or change them a bit (bringing the eyes out of the black) while also using color dodge or overlay blending to enhance contrast of hues from original. Did some blurring, dry brushing, angled strokes to taste.
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          • #6
            Nice job from everyone. Charity --- I especially like the look of your image -- it reminds me of a textile image.


            • #7
              CJ-How did you do the eyes? -- Don
              Color Range selection of the dark color in the original, copied to its own layer (Ctrl-J) then used Hue/Saturation to increase saturation and Lightness until some color showed, and used the Hue slider to choose a color that fit. Used Color Dodge for the layer blend to make the color show.


              • #8
                Danny , thank you for this beautifully taken photograph given us to play..
                very good submissions so far and are very defferent in thinking and in doing..

                I did it by appling layer mode blending for colour changing and added Ink out lines and Diffuse...

                thank you.
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                • #9
                  color pencil sketch

                  To revive an old thread for 2005. Lets help preserve our threatened or endangered species.
                  For my image, here's what i did:
                  L2-duplicate, adj levels and selective color, desat, colordodge blend, invert, g'blur.
                  L3- Select all, copy merged, paste. Turn off layer 2, luminosity blend.
                  L4- Select all........paste. Sketch - photocopy.
                  L5- Dup orig, opacity 80.
                  L6- Select all.....paste.
                  L7- Dup L4, multiply blend.
                  L8- Select all.....paste. Adj levels (brighten and sharper contrast)
                  L9- Dup, desat, colordodge, invert, opacity50.
                  L10- Select all, copymerged, paste.
                  Appy impressionist filter djr 01, pencil loose and denser ( i modified the brush size to a smaller one).
                  The 2nd image is with the same filter with brush size 35%, coverage 75, pressure 115.
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                  Last edited by jaykita; 01-03-2005, 07:32 AM.


                  • #10
                    Here's one more from me. Same steps as in another thread called "street life" but without the sketch layer.
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                    • #11
                      Cute Little Monkey

                      In order to acheive this result is did the following:

                      Copy image
                      Added Eyes from an external source ( my daughter, lol )
                      Colour dodge the iris
                      Hipass on the eyes then changed layer to soft light
                      Curves on Red, Blue and RGB
                      Selected Foliage and applyied channel corrections
                      Gausian blurred the backgroud slightly

                      Image can be found here as compression to required size has undesirable results.

                      Cure Little Monkey


                      • #12
                        This little cutie wants to wish you all a "Merry Christmas" and a "Happy Holiday Season"! He's decorated his abode in the colors of the season.
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                        • #13
                          This little monkey looked almost 'sage' like, so I found him a staff and some glasses. Painted some of the picture in low opacity, hardlight blending mode, then painted some of the picture in low opacity, linear light mode. The rough pastel filter seemed to finish him off nicely.
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                          • #14
                            Too much monkey Business.

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                            • #15
                              Monkey buzzed, texture, border, then some smudging and chalk drawing.

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