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  1. Thank you all for the help, Grim color Reaper worked a treat for me! Appreciate that!
  2. Hello All, Can anyone please tell me how to make one colour transparent in an image so that I can past the image on to a different image? For example, If I used the pencil drawing effect how could I make the white transparent and paste the rest as a layer on to something else? Thanks very much, LaSalle
  3. Sarkut, That Kuwahara Filter is great, producing a really nice look. With the pencil sketch overlay it looks great, thanks for the tip!
  4. Thank you both! I am still a new user of PDN, I can have a go at explaining how I have done my paintings, there is probably a shorter way of doing most of the steps, but this is how I do it! Firstly I have 2 copies of the picture I am working on, on the first one (my main painting) I apply the oil paint effect, depending on how much detail is in the picture I play around with the oil settings. I usually go for something with a large brush at first as a background with fairly low coarsness. When I am happy that it looks OK, I go to the other copy of the picture (my working copy) and do another oil paint effect on that, I usually go for a much smaller brush and less coarsness. When I am happy with the level of detail and can see all the shapes I want in the subjects I copy that picture into a new layer on the first one (main painting). I then play around with the layer property opacity settings to get something I am happy with, I quite like the "overlay" or "normal" settings for this part, but different settings can work. I like to see some of the larger brush strokes with the smaller ones showing on top. It gives a nice effect showing different level of detail in the brush strokes and more of a real painting feel. I then flatten the image Next I go back to my working copy and undo the paint effect to revert it back to the original photo. Then I apply a pencil sketch. I like to have a large pencil tip size. I play with the range setting until I get all the details I want to see in the finished painting. Sometimes I may need to use a white paintbrush to get rid of pencil strokes in places I dont want them, such as sky or some background things. Then I paste the pencil sketch in a new layer onto my main painting and again play around with the layer properties. Here I find that "overlay" or "multiple" usually work best for me with opacity at 255. Again I then flatten the image. I might sometimes add another layer of pencil sketch, depending on what other details I want to see. Sometimes I want to add a colour wash to certain areas of the painting, to maybe darken a background or discolour something to age the picture, I add a new layer then scribble with a brush in the colour I want over an area then apply a gaussian blur to just discolour the area I want. I dont always discolour. Then I need to apply a canvas background to give it the full painting effect. I get my canvas and paste it into a new layer. I usually use multiple setting and turn down the opacity to somewhere around 115 so i can see enough canvas through the painting to give it the right effect. The I flatten it. Lastly, sign your painting and you are done! I hope that this makes sense, as I said I am a new user and am learning all the time. Here is the canvas that I use, feel free to use it if you want. Here are a couple more paintings I did today. I still am not 100% happy that they look like a convincing painting, but its getting there. I am sure some of the more talented people here can make something far more realistic. Thanks again,
  5. Thankyou Sarkut, I will play around with that idea for sure. I found that if I overlay a pencil drawing effect onto the oil paint effect it gives some better definition to the smaller details of the image, like faces etc. I still want to try to improve the effects but I think its getting closer to what I want. Here is one that I did that is closest to where I am aiming to be
  6. Great tutorial, I have had some really nice results from it. Here's a photo I took yesterday. I tried something slightly different and added a thinner lighter blur around the edge on top of the darker one, I like how it looks. I also did another one and and played around with the colouring, adding a little more yellow. Thanks for the help!
  7. Hello all, (Gosh first post!) Firstly I have to say what an amazing forum, I'm very new here and have just started experimenting with . I have learned tons of tricks reading through the threads, there are some very talented people here! Thanks for everyones input here. OK, so I have a question. I am looking to try to make a photograph into more of a convincing painting. On its own the oil painting effect doesn't quite do it. I have been playing around with various effects and have had some better results. Here are a couple that I did. From this. to this and from this to this Does anyone have any hints or tips to help make a convincing painting. What I'd really like to reproduce would be something as close as I can get to this style of original period painting, (sorry dont know the artist so cant credit it) Thanks in advance for any help you can give. Best wishes!