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Using the 'Key Line' Art Filter to Good Effect?

My wife has a semi-surreal painting (print) of these Blue Mountain Ash trees & after taking photographs of them this past weekend (in Katoomba, which is in the upper Blue Mountains, NSW), she wanted something from me to replace them with. Here is my effort using the Key Line art filter (with a Natural Picture Mode & -0.7 exposure) applied in Olympus Viewer 3.



And here is the original (with Vivid Picture Mode).


I like the Key Line effect, do you?
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Re: Using the 'Key Line' Art Filter to Good Effect?

Well, yes and no. You've probably achieved what you and t'missus wanted, but for me, and this is just my personal view, the effect is such that I no longer know what I'm looking at, which is important to me. That's why I don't get on with most modern art!
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Re: Using the 'Key Line' Art Filter to Good Effect?

Think the effect is spoiled on the lappy, I would love to see this printed and hung so I could stand well back to admire.
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Re: Using the 'Key Line' Art Filter to Good Effect?

I'd be inclined to experiment with various blend modes on the keyline layer to see what other effects you can get with this.

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Re: Using the 'Key Line' Art Filter to Good Effect?

Good suggestion from Tom, I was just thinking along similar lines.

Overall I think the effect works quite well on this example, but maybe hasn't gone far enough - there is some nice abstraction on the tree trunks but the foreground twiggery detail seems to have come out pretty unscathed.

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Re: Using the 'Key Line' Art Filter to Good Effect?

Thanks for all the feedback. While I 'don't do layers' & only use the Olympus Viewer 3 program, I have chewed over your ideas & it wasn't ever meant to be for screen really, but for a wall print & so I've come up with this version where I changed exposure compensation to -0.3 (from -0.7), contrast set to +1 & still using Picture Mode Natural (with Key Line Art Filter I). I think this last one does perhaps look better than the others in print (on Kodak matt A4) & I'm interested to read your comments on it. I also understand that deciduous bark is not a natural thing to you there & may appear to be a strange sight to you anyhow.



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