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MacMs
09-03-2006, 05:31 AM
I got bogged down on a "pastel" that I've been doing in ArtRage, an imaginary landscape. Without ready references, I've gotten stuck on one bit after another, and decided I'd set it aside for awhile to experiment with another tool.

I'd actually started this piece with the marker tool, going for a watercolor effect, but I decided I didn't like the background I'd initially laid in with the marker. I reworked the background layer using the airbrush, then saved/exported the painting in PSD format and opened that file in Photoshop Elements.

In PSE I fiddled with the background layer, trying out various transparency settings and transfer modes to give the background more of a watercolor look, but in the end, I decided I liked the airbrushed background best of all, so I just reopened the original painting file in ArtRage and reworked the flower cluster with the airbrush tool.

My favorite part about doing this piece: getting two images for the work of one. (I didn't flatten the layers in the .ptg file, so that I can use the "whole" image, or export just the floral portion if I want to us it alone.) So cool!

I'll say it again: I love ArtRage!

maror
09-03-2006, 05:56 AM
....gime me some breath plz....
ahh thx...that's truly breathtaking..so natural and 3dimensional!

great stuff

greez

Yoda
09-03-2006, 06:26 AM
brilliant work, MacMs

:D

Yoda

Fashmir
09-03-2006, 07:21 AM
What more can I say. It is well done and beautiful.

D Akey
09-03-2006, 08:15 AM
And you can thereafter keep a stock catalogue of your own elements to pull out when needed for new and different pics. Good idea.

I love layers for that express reason.

This flower painting is phenomenal. I'm sure it would sell quickly or perhaps even make a good print image.

Aside from everything else it has going for it, it's orderly, skillful and highly resolved and many people like to surround themselves with that kind of energy. It sets a mood for the environment.

I haven't seen the watercolor background one in comparison to this, but the soft focus of this one definitely works for the vignette. Gives it nice dimension and implies a context of lavish greenery.

Very fine work.

friendly
09-03-2006, 09:53 AM
real to lift photo look, great job, i like it

AndyRage
09-03-2006, 10:09 AM
Mmmm... fantastic picture. The detail you have in the frilled edges of the petals is simply stunning.

Great stuff!

jimandersonz
09-04-2006, 11:42 AM
excellent!

MacMs
09-04-2006, 12:21 PM
You know how it goes: you look at something after you've been away from it, and suddenly you see problems you hadn't caught when you were working on it originally.

I discovered I hadn't gotten the configuration of some of the flower petals quite right, so I went back to the original .png and did some tweaking; some over- and under-saturated spots really popped out at me, too, so I also adjusted the saturation here and there, and also redid some of the detailing. I think version two is a little more cohesive and polished—now I just hope that when I take a second look at it, I won't find I've overworked it!

ENCHANTER
09-04-2006, 01:08 PM
Thats another one for the features page! ;)

wonderful and subtle , love it :D