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  • Creative Portraits: Smiling Eyes

    Photo courtesy of A. Yang.

    I like opportunities afforded by the pink / green contrast.

    ~Danny~
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  • #2
    Originally posted by DannyRaphael
    Photo courtesy of A. Yang.

    I like opportunities afforded by the pink / green contrast.

    ~Danny~
    Well, after I got done playing with this, I decided to jettison the color. So much for pink and green contrast!

    First I cropped the image to 10" tall and resized to 150 ppi for printing purpose.

    This is another multiple layer concoction using Photoshop filters (Colored Pencil, Find Edges) and Impressionist styles (Charcoal-Default, Pencil Sketch-Soft Detailed, Pencil Sketch-Detailed Monochrome)... on copies of the Background. The individual layers were blended together using Layer Masks, where I could selectively apply the various effects.

    Rather than specifying the exact layer and filter sequence, I will leave it to your own judgment to generate layers using various filters and styles and imagination when it comes to combining them with layer masks. That's the best way to develop your style.

    For what it's worth I normally develop foreground to background (face, head detail first), then try to generate a background that fits the image and does not detract from the foreground.

    As is almost always the case, once the image is complete, there's a need to restore some detail around the mouth and eyes, to "undo" the effects of the filters and styles.

    This was done by duplicating the original background, desaturating the duplicate and dragging the duplicated layer to the top of the layer stack. Then, Layer > Add Layer Mask... > Hide all created the layer mask. This was followed by airbrushing lightly with white to reveal facial detail that the filters had destroyed.

    A new layer was created and Alt+Ctrl+Shift+E entered to merge visible layers without collapsing the individual layers. This allows one to "backup and start over" if things don't go well going forward.

    I decided to try something new I hadn't done before, in an attempt to "unify" the image.

    The merged layer was duplicated and the Trimoon custom Impressionist Chalk style was applied. (See post #19 in this thread.) Way too much obliteration, but the textures looked promising.

    So opacity was lowered to about 40% and blend mode set to Overlay. A layer mask was added and black was airbrushed onto the face and parts of the hair to reveal detail from the layer below.

    Another new layer created and Alt+Ctrl+Shift+E to merge visible without collapsing. Almost done... But there were some blobs and areas that looked a bit out of place. One more new layer was created.

    The Clone (Stamp) tool was selected, option "use all layers" clicked on. With a chalk brush selected, I proceeded to clone over areas that I thought needed it.

    ~Danny~
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    • #3
      That came out nice Danny. The background was really nice (sounds like a dumb point, but cruddy backgrounds are a plague for me). Cropping in close to the face was a good choice.

      This used 4 layers with my impressionist charcoal presets 1, 2, 4, and 5. On each one I went to color and changed both drop downs to gray scale image. Each preset was run on a different duplicate layer from the original. Opacity on each layer was reduced (100, 66, 44, 32).

      Topped with a gaussian blur sketch in soft light at 36.

      Put a copy of the original on top in color mode at 40.

      tweaked a little with adjustment layers.
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      • #4
        This is based on my India Ink method, that I've described here.
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        Last edited by Andrew B.; 06-27-2004, 12:15 PM. Reason: Added link to method.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Andrew B.
          This is based on my India Ink method, that I've described here.
          This one turned out very nice, Andrew. I added the link to your method.

          ~Danny~

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          • #6
            Thanks, Danny. It is a very nice image to work on. Very responsive.

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            • #7
              Done by hand....PSP8

              Smudge brush
              Push brush
              Lighten/Darken brush

              Joy
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              • #8
                I desaturated and guassian blurred the heck out of the background, then ran Buzz, then PSP8 Trace Contours. Cleaned it up a bit and sepia toned it.

                AmyHutton
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                • #9
                  Nice renditions by all, and a nice variety of styles!

                  Started by using Color Range to select most of the colors in the background so that I could work with the background - made the selection a separate layer -- blurred, adjusted Hue/Saturation and ran a glass distortion over it -- generally trying to minimize the background as a distraction and/or increase it as an enhancement to the subject. I used Dry Brush on one copy of the subject (lovely girl!) and Graphic Pen on another layer copy with a layer blend of Multiply and a layer mask to reduce the blurred effect around the eyes and mouth. Selected a frame area from the background layer and set to overlay with bevel/emboss.
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                  • #10
                    Smiling Eyes

                    It is hard to beat really good picture. To get this variation:

                    Create three layers above the background by select all and copy the original image
                    1. top layer is Sketch effect B/w with subject erased. set at transparency of 40 as ADD. Diffuses the picture background and makes it lighter.
                    2. second layer is Water Color effect transparency set at 72 Normal
                    3. Third layer is original set to transparency of 55 Normal. Use this layer to adjust the brightness and color values
                    4. Using a little clone tool work and a little smudge work on the second layer to get a more realistic face image.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by billglaw
                      It is hard to beat really good picture. To get this variation:

                      Create three layers above the background by select all and copy the original image
                      1. top layer is Sketch effect B/w with subject erased. set at transparency of 40 as ADD. Diffuses the picture background and makes it lighter.
                      2. second layer is Water Color effect transparency set at 72 Normal
                      3. Third layer is original set to transparency of 55 Normal. Use this layer to adjust the brightness and color values
                      4. Using a little clone tool work and a little smudge work on the second layer to get a more realistic face image.
                      Hey, Bill:

                      Welcome back.

                      re: your watercolor effect
                      You're really onto something, here. Would you elaborate on your method/steps to achieve that look? It's one of the better WC-looking results I've seen.

                      Well done.

                      ~Danny~

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                      • #12
                        Water_colour

                        Trying the WC!
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                        • #13
                          Smiling Eyes Art Portrait

                          Thought I would give this one a shot. I used a Fresco filter on both the girl and the background, but with more texture and a bigger brush on the background. I added a gaussian blur to the original pic of the girl, and added an adjustment layer and posterized the entire picture to 8 tones. I don't really know what I am doing but sure have fun trying!
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                          • #14
                            More Water Color

                            Mixing Effects at various combinations transparency and method ( normal, add, subtract, if lighter, etc....) Is always interesting in trying to either simulate the real effect or create a new one. In the rendition posted here the WC effect is shown as first conversion. Then as modified. I use the smudge tool at less than 10 pixels like a dry brush to soften the color areas. Then bleed through the original to get more detail. The initial raw effect does not have WC "feel". The original picture definition (lines/inch) has an influence on the original conversion.
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                            • #15
                              Very attractive subject.

                              Ran levels.
                              Digital sho
                              Hue & Sat adjustment.
                              Impressionist.
                              Light simplification.
                              Virtual painter.
                              Embossed.
                              Lightened center.
                              Nik midnight (gradient layer), skylight, and contrast.
                              Color adjustment.
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