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Post Processing in Studio Artist
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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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