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    Here are two pictures to artify - my handsome son and his gorgeous new wife. Photos were taken at the foot of Flagstaff mountain in
    Colorado.
    MargaretM
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    Here's a watercolor done in Painter.
    MargaretM
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      Oh my, Margaret. What a lovely couple!

      Here's my pen and ink wash version.
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        Nice Swampy! Its not too detailed so has a relaxed artsy feel to it , and the couple is very recognizable. I find that often with Photoart portraits keeping the subjects somewhat recognizable, while achieving a loose artsy impression is difficult. The "dress tennis shoes" also came out well. Was this PS or Painter?
        MargaretM

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          Thankyou Margaret.

          Loved the "dress tennis shoes". I have a sister that got married barefooted because she couldn't find a pair of shoes! LOL

          I've been experimenting with a new sketch technique that gives you a great deal of control over how mutch "sketching" you want.

          The basic steps (Photoshop) are

          Dupe background. Desat the copy, Dupe the desaturated layer and invert it and set the blend mode to Color Dodge. Don't panic, the layer will go completely white, but this is where the fun begins. Run a motion blur (or a gaussian blur...sometimes depends on the picture). Tweak the slider to get something you like.

          If you want to add color merge the top layer (The Color Dodge layer) down to the desaturated layer and set this layer to Luminacity blend mode over the original photo.

          Now you can further tweak with levels or curves to add more or less color with a levels or curves adjustment.

          On your daughter's photo, I smudged the mountains, trees and grass to reduce the "busyness." of the background.

          I also painted with the Art History Brush on a new layer to get a mix of opacity for the edges.

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            Beautiful couple...

            AKVIS Sketch
            Impressionist > Conte > Faithful and #djrOil24
            Painter > Jeremy's Fav's > Mishmash

            ~Danny~
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              Margaret...thankyou for sharing these lovely photos of your sons wedding!!!
              Like your watercolor..

              Swampy...I really like the sketchy look and thanks for sharing how to do...it helps a lot!!!

              Danny....Nice one...like the minimalist skech look of it!!!

              I did my attempt in Photoshop CS2...cropped a little,curves etc...water color AHB reducing the brush size as i painted...unsharp and frames in PSP9..

              Patricia....
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              • #8
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                Wow - such different versions. I always love the way that happens on these threads.
                PatriciaK - love the rich feeling - perfectly complimeted with the gold frame.
                Danny - a great "modernistic" (is there such a word?) impression. Loose and artsy.

                MargaretM

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                  This is an experimental mixture - textures in Painter and Impressionist in PHotoshop.
                  MargaretM
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                    Nice pic Margaret, hope U like this one.

                    Peter
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                      PeterS wrote
                      Nice pic Margaret, hope U like this one.
                      I do like - dramatic but soft. Nice.
                      MargaretM

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                      • #12
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                        Originally posted by MargaretM
                        PeterS wrote
                        I do like - dramatic but soft. Nice.
                        MargaretM

                        Thanks Margaret, I've never been accused of being dramatic before (except from my WIFE of course)

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                          i've no idea where they went
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                            Originally posted by Kraellin
                            i've no idea where they went

                            Craig - very good, maybe change your name to BodySnatcher


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                              Yikes - where'd they go?? It would have been cheaper had this happened before the wedding.
                              MargaretM

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