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    PHOTO ART: Mini-challenge #153 – Kelly

    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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    What a cute kid, huh? Look forward to seeing your interpretations.


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    R. McCormack 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
    First applied "standard" sketch technique. BG copy, desaturate, copy, invert, color dodge, Gaussian (radius = 5), merge down, copy layer, set to multiply, and merge down.

    Second, copy background and pull copy to top. Set blend to multiply and adjust opacity to taste. Merge down.

    Third, add layer mask to top layer and paint eyes back in. select background and adjusted brightness contrast until I liked the color in the eyes.

    Flattened and saved.

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    • #3
      What a doll! She looks like she should be topping a Christmas tree (little angel).

      Catia--Your technique gave nice emphasis to her eyes.

      Portraits are not my strong suit, but I think this came out ok. I used several impressionist layers. On most layers I customized the settings. These are the general steps I use when customizing. Note these are not the steps for the pic--those will follow.

      1. Use image for background almost always (sometimes tinted image)
      2. Use family of brushes whenever the choice is offered.
      3. Use multiple brush sizes ranging from 3-5 at the low end and leave the upper size alone.
      4. Set to blur between 2 and 4.
      5. Increase brightness whenever checking a dark spot is too strong/dark.
      6. allow HSB to vary if not set that way by default (5 is enough)

      Each number represents a layer starting from the bottom and working my way up. I make a duplicate layer from the background for each. I did change the default brush on one or two of these--it was the one where the brush looks like an outline

      1. Watercolor--damp translucent
      2. Watercolor--spotty brush on rough paper (luminosity 67%)
      3. watercolor--soft daubs on fine paper (soft light 47%)
      4. pencil sketch --detailed color (screen 40%)
      5. paint--smudges on soft paper (soft light 58%)
      6. paint--fine brush hairs (darken 65%) remove emboss effect before applying
      7. stylize--find edges (soft light 37%)
      8. gaussian blur soft sketch (soft light 52%)
      9. pattern fill layer in soft light at 75% to add a light texture.
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      Last edited by Cheryl H; 08-24-2003, 09:40 PM.


      • #4
        This is a fairly simple combination that seems to work on some images:

        Layers palette, top to bottom:

        E. Copy of BG, Hide All Layer Mask, selective detail restored, e.g., around eyes, mouth, some hair
        D. Copy of BG + Impressionist Charcoal/Default, Darken
        C. Blank layer used to clone out some black blobs from layer B
        B. Copy of BG + Impressionist Natural/Cloth Scraps, Faded to about 70%
        A. Background (off)
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        • #5
          Thank you Danny, and your work is really like a touch on canvas.. good effects of using colours and filters..

          this one I did with poster edges and ink out lines...

          thank you all..
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          • #6
            1)Duplicate, edge detect, merge divide mode
            2)Apply canvas
            4)Hue/Saturation change for magenta,red.
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            • #7
              Wow, everyone absolutley beautiful and wonderful submissions on this one. Danny, thank you for posting this little girl

              1. The first thing I did was to use selective color to get the color I was looking for
              2. Opened in Painter Classic, clone, used Dry brush, Just add Water brushes to paint the litlle one. When done painting I sharpened it.
              3. Opened in PhotoShop used the Elliptical tool and selected the girl, I clipped a little of her hair and the grass and applied the cut-out filter
              4. I then applied Artistic, underpainting, sandstone, and faded. This made it look softer.

              Thanks, everyone, I really enjoyed viewing your lovely work!!

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              • #8
                Thanks, Don, I think everyone has done wonderful work on this challenge



                • #9
                  Nice entries by all.

                  Trying something new.
                  I used a combination of Nik filters (skylight, midnight and sharpener), amphisoft, PS7 spatter, adapt.equalize. Used the history brush to paint various effects in.

                  Most of these filters were applied using various blend modes and masks.
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                  • #10
                    Just lovely submissions by all !!!!

                    This is a wonderful picture to work with, I enjoyed it very much. I used Lisa's tut for sketch ( )

                    Did some minor texture and sats at the end.
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                    • #11
                      Hi Jill,

                      I really like the results you obtained using Lisa's sketch. The high contrast brings out a pleasant mood effect.


                      • #12
                        Used Painter 8, but before that used PSP7 to filter out a bit of the noise and hue/sat to boost the colors. In Painter, cloned using oil cloners, then used a scrumbling brush on background, Sargents brush on the girl and then a smaller/less dense scrumbling brush on the body of the girl. Lovely image to start with!

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                        • #13

                          That's a wonderful interpretation. Welcome to the forum. Sure hope we'll be seeing more of your creativity, soon.

                          The power of Painter is amazing, isn't it?



                          • #14

                            Thanks so very much for your kind comments! Coming from you, I really consider this high praise yet feel a little embarrassed because this was about a 20 minute painting. Wish there was a higher resolution image available as I really, really like to 'work' with the eyes on a portrait.



                            • #15
                              I decided to give this one a whirl! Tried using some of Xero-Graphics Set4 filters.

                              1) Xero Radiance (Random until I liked the effect)
                              2) Screen layer of eyes (2x)
                              3) Flatten
                              4) Duplicate layer
                              5) Reindeer Adaptive EQ on top layer
                              6) Top layer = screen
                              7) Mask out sikn tones on top layer
                              8) Flatten
                              9) Xero Simplifier
                              10) Save

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