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15th December 2008, 10:09 AM
As Ellie's idea worked so well and you all had so much fun playing with the picture, perhaps you would like another to play with ???

So off you go, see what you can make of this :eek:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Train_Original.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/11103)

15th December 2008, 11:02 AM
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Train_unOriginal.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/11104)

Select, new layer of engine number. Paste in layer of face. Flatten, desturate, discontinuous curves, poster edges.
(PS 7 - Toys'R'Us)

15th December 2008, 11:34 AM
I really must get on with Xmas cards etc.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Train_ghastly.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/11105)

Three layers - metallic lighting effect on one, smart blur (edges) on another, lot of USM on background, blended.

Horrible! Looks like hdr...
(PS Elements 5 - Toys'R'Us)

B.P.S Studios
15th December 2008, 11:55 AM

Jim Ford
15th December 2008, 12:04 PM
So off you go, see what you can make of this :eek:

Hmm, a tough one - it's the wrong way round for a start!


Nick Temple-Fry
15th December 2008, 12:06 PM
Inspired by the original presentation of the image


Duplicate to 4 layers
Colourise to RGB and unsaturated
Rotate so layers at 90 degree intervals
Merge using various layer settings
Crop to suit
New Image and combine with flipped copy


Nick Temple-Fry
15th December 2008, 01:17 PM
Afternoon Oil


Duplicate Layers - oilify - merge back to suit
Duplicate Layers - colourise to red - merge back to suit
Duplicate Layers - Apply Canvas - merge back to suit


art frames
15th December 2008, 02:53 PM
looks as if Nick and I had a similar idea but I did push mine into a separate programme 'Painter' to add some hand painted watercolour as well as some lighting effects and surface effects. I didn't really keep a log on this one. I am not sure about the rough edge border but it is done and so am I.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/655/Train_Original2.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/11112)


15th December 2008, 04:43 PM
Here's my try

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500//TO_copy.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=11113)

Rotate, then created 4 copies at -2, -1, +1, and +2 EV. HDR processed and tonemapped to taste in Photomatrix. Added some illustration like effects via actions and filters (lots of both), and then added torn paper edging which I'm fond of these days from an On-One plug-in.


15th December 2008, 04:50 PM
Moonlight express

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/622/moonlight_express.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/11114)

Select, invert, desaturate the sky, then levels and tweaking to get the "steam" white. Select the rest and reduce saturation. Retouch the edges. Selective levels to bring up blue for moonlight look. Black to transparent layer in places to give a moody look.

Brief Encounter?


15th December 2008, 05:42 PM
I like some of the art effects - I think the subject matter lends it'self to it

Copper plate ?

Done in Fasstone - bump map effect



15th December 2008, 06:05 PM
Here's my attempt.

The bits I remember messing with...

Very quickly + roughly replace blown right hand sky with sky+clouds from left hand side of sky with clone and healing brushes.
LAB colour Saturation boost.
Curves to lighten shadows.
Nik Colour Efex Pro Tonal Contrast Filter applied to sky + foreground separately and then together to bring some detail out.
Reduce Blue and Cyan Saturation in Sky.
Add a Vignette.
A bit of dodging and burning.


15th December 2008, 07:22 PM
Lot of work, Paul - but worth it! Nice one.

15th December 2008, 07:35 PM

Image factory Pro
Patch tool to sort out the sky
Martin Hensons Contrast Grading
Colorize 47,8,0
bit of vingette

small size made halo reduction difficult

15th December 2008, 08:58 PM
Here is my take.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Train_-_reworked.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/11119)

Regards. Barr1e

15th December 2008, 10:12 PM
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/trainSketch.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/11120)

High Pass filter, adjust Threshold on layered images delete unwanted detail and merge down.



15th December 2008, 10:35 PM
"The Arrival"

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/694/the_arrival_2.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/11121)

Copy and paste into editing software. (I used Photofiltre)
Rotate 90 degrees.
Enlarge, select outline of figure and increase contrast several clicks.
Back to normal size, desaturate twice to mono.
Add mid-grey -> white gradient - top to bottom then right to left.
Crop and save.

Thanks Graham :)

16th December 2008, 12:26 AM
Lot of work, Paul - but worth it! Nice one.

Thanks for the comment :) it's nice to know I'm going in the right direction at last. Surprisingly it didn't really take that long, The patch tool (forgot to mention that above) sorted the bulk of the sky replacement. Touching it up with the clone stamp and healing brush was the longest part but no more than 5 mins - I think someone who really knows what they were doing would have done a much better job of it in that time too. I have to thank you for that LAB saturation trick you mentioned in the Bring back the sparkle thread, I saved a mild version of it as an action the night I read that and have been trying it out on alot of photos since - the train one above included, it seems to produce a much nicer result than simply pushing up the saturation and or vibrance in alot of photos :) the rest of the alterations were hardly any more than one click alterations once the rough selections of sky and foreground had been made :o

Anyway don't want to hijack the thread with too much of my nonsense so better get it back on track ... I played around a little more and decided to try out the Nik Silver Efex plugin - same image as in my last effort but simply with a default application of the Antique Plate 1 and some more local contrast too.

16th December 2008, 12:40 AM
That, Paul, is spectacular.