Paintblog, September 2015 – 2

Not much of any real development going on, just some detailing, but I thought I’d post anyway so I don’t fall out of the habit.


In all cases, the dark areas in mid-right are somewhat darker in real life than they appear here.  Oh well, still trying to find the perfect angle for the camera’s new flash.

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Tilt-Shift Variants

There are a lot of tutorials on getting the “tilt-shift” effect in PhotoShop, essentially making things look like toys.  Here’s Manhattan Island, for example.

I want to show a different technique than the one usually offered.  This one is more useful when the image is a bit more complex.  I’m sure it’s not original with me but here it is anyway.  As usual, PhotoShop CS6 running on Windows 7 Pro 64-bit, with a Wacom Bamboo Fun for painting.

The original image is this, which can be downloaded HERE.

The typical instruction I’ve seen is to activate Quick Mask mode, and use the Gradient Tool to mask off a vertical band of the image.

Then, as usual, you exit Quick Mask mode, go into Filters, Blur, Lens Blur and apply.   Unfortunately in an image like the above, where you have one element (the trees on the left) which goes all the way up the side of the image, this gives you a result like this:

As you can see, the illusion of tinyness is rather spoiled by the slab of trees that are tinified when they should be blurred.  The trees give it away–they’re blurred, then they’re not, then they are…hey, this isn’t a real toy!

So in the case of an image like this, I still go into Quick Mask mode but use the Paintbrush instead.  Using a soft brush, you can paint the entire bridge and the trees which ought to be in approximately the same level.

Which gives a much more “realistic” result.

As previously noted, I’m sure this isn’t original with me, and there are probably far easier/better ways of getting more impressive results.  Buy, hey, you get what you pay for!

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Paintblog, September 2015

Well, been a while since I’ve had one of these, huh.  Mainly because I lost my taste for painting, concentrating on PhotoShop and things like that.  Also, I admit I was a bit snotty to a commentor, and I apologize for my lack of maturity.  I’ll try to hold myself to a higher standard.

Anyway, working on a recent PhotoShop project inspired me to put brush to canvas again.  I started with an old canvas which, after I’d put paint on it, fell on the floor.  I swore and threw it in the trash.  So much for maturity, eh?

Anyway, started with a new canvas, and put some green paint on it.

In PhotoShop I pushed the “green” pretty high as you can see, because the original image just looked like black paint.  Anyway, I swirled that around until it covered the canvas, then added some yellow to the wet paint.  The image below is much lighter than it is in real life, because otherwise nothing was really visible.

Added more yellow and some more green fairly randomly.  Again, lighter than it really is to show detail.

Next, I started to shape what I found.  The image below is very close to what the actual canvas looks like.

And finally, added some white (along with yellow and green) to give some detail to what I’d shaped.  Mostly on the left hand side, as you can see.  This is very close to the real painting, though the strokes in the dark area are not as apparent in the actual canvas as they are below.

So that’s it so far.  Not sure where it will go from here (or even if it will go) but I’m starting to see some things I like.  Let’s hope I don’t ruin them.

Thanks as always for stopping by.