TUTORIAL JUNE 19, 2001
Processing in Studio Artist
6. Next I'm using the same Paint Patch, but I'm applying it across the entire canvas. While my primary concern is the final appearance of my subject, I also didn't want to neglect the background. In this case, my background is white, so I just wanted to add a little texture. Since you're using the same preset as in the previous step, make sure you set the Prob back to Pressure.
7. Now, here's the part that I think makes this particular example less sophisticated than the other example. I was losing too much definition in my image, and I wanted to bring some back. So I used a modified version of the "A Thin Colored Pencil" in the Pencils category. I modified it by changing the Path Type (found in the Path Shape palette) from "Curved" to "Spiral Ellipse."
This obviously brings in a lot more definition to the image, and it also muddies it up.
8. So I want to get rid of some of that definition. The next step is not a Paint Patch but an Image Operation. Image Operations are basically effects, such as those you might find in a Photoshop plugin. To get rid of some of the definition and lighten things up a bit, I'm applying the Colored Edge operation with a Mix value of 74 and a composite mode of Soft Overlay White.
9. Finally I applied my last and favorite Image Operation: Watershed. I just used the default settings here to add a little wetness to the image. I think it helps get rid of some of the strokes and colors that look out of place and gives the image more of a painted, rather than sketched, look.
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