Wednesday, April 16, 2014

"Grunge Steampunk Woman Portrait" Corel

Grunge Steampunk Woman Portrait
Vintage Paper

I decided to create a similar image as the recent posts I have done. I chose another Digital Visual Collage with StockVault Woman Portrait and Dover Publications SteamPunk coloring page, along with a Vintage Paper Texture background.

I opened the Young Woman photograph in Corel PhotoPaint and applied the Threshold tool for the white space. I cropped the portrait to fit the Vintage Paper Texture, selecting only a close up of her face.

I then chose the Dover Publication coloring page of a SteamPunk Octopus-like creature with a great border. I applied the property of Multiply to this and fit to the image.

I next used Filter Forge's Photo Effects Grunge on the merged image and that added a great patina to the image. It also deepened the colors creating additional mood.

I added my signature in white and saved the image at 300 DPI. Re-sampling to fit my post I concluded my workflow.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

"Gilded Butterfly Woman Portrait Lomography" Corel

Gilded Butterfly Woman Portrait

I was listening to some unusual Blues Music from the New York Times article about Elvie Thomas. Great old and mysterious Blues.

I was drawn to this Vintage Paper Texture from StockVault and I added a Woman's Portrait in Corel PhotoPaint. I flipped and cropped the Woman to fit the Texture. I also used the Threshold tool on it for transparency.

I went to my Dover Publications Samplers and selected a Butterfly coloring page and added it. I fitted it to the portrait making it an oval instead of a circle.

I merged the three layers, and went to Filter Forge's Photo Effect Lomography settings and played around with the settings. I found one I liked and applied it to the full image. I added my signature in white and saved that large iteration.

I opened with Corel PSP Pro X3 and upped the Saturation Vibrancy by 33. Then I added Image Information: Title, Programs used, Source, etc. Saving that I resized for display here.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

"Old Window Grunge Concrete" Corel - StockVault

Old Window Grunge Concrete

I am truly enjoying the Free StockVault Photographs and Textures I am getting from them. I received this Old Window photograph today and immediately set forth in creation. I opened in Corel PhotoPaint and applied the Threshold tool to the Window image. This allowed me to create more white space for my Texture choice to show through.

I selected a Grunge Concrete Portrait sized image from the Free Friday Textures I have been gathering. I also opened it in PhotoPaint. Using it as the background layer I went to the Window image and copied it and subsequently pasted it upon the Grunge Concrete background. I resized it to fit. I used the property Multiply for transparency and merged both layers with my signature in white.

Saving the large iteration, I opened with Corel PSP Pro X3 and Adjusted the Saturation Vibrancy by 50, to add some punch to the Window colors. I saved with Image Information: Title, Copyright, Programs, and source. I resized for display here and saved that as well.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

"Young Woman Portrait with Wood Texture" Corel

Young Woman Wood Texture

I had another Free Portrait of a Young Woman from StockVault that I selected today. I opened the portrait in Corel PhotoPaint and adjusted the Threshold to get some white space. I then opened a Wood Texture from Free Friday Textures and applied the Tone Curve in PhotoPaint to lighten it a bit, leaving the Texture obvious.

I copied and pasted and fit the Portrait to the size of the large Wood Texture. I used the property Multiply for transparency. I added my signature in white, merged all layers and saved the large iteration.

I opened the file with Corel PSP Pro X3 and there increased the Saturation Vibrancy by 50 for a boost to the colors. I added Image Information like Title, Copyright, Programs used, etc. I then resized the image for display here.

I like the way these pieces have been turning out. Great Free Photographs and Textures are enjoyable to work with and the resulting images satisfying.

Friday, March 28, 2014

"Woman's Profile Grunge" Corel

Woman's Profile Grunge

I was invited to download another Free StockVault Portrait of a Woman's Profile. I saved the large file and opened it with Corel PhotoPaint. I still have some Grunge Rust Textures from the Free Friday Textures downloads, I selected one with a lot of gray in it along with rust. I opened that in PhotoPaint as well.

On the Woman's Profile I applied the Local Equalization tool, then I took the wand tool and selected a large area of her hair. I created an object of it and then deleted it from the layer, this allowed the Rust Texture to show through in her hair. I fit the Profile to fit the full Texture. I used the Tone Curve to up the color depth. Then I saved the large iteration.

I next resampled for display size, and saved that. I closed PhotoPaint and opened the medium file with Corel PSP Pro X3. There I applied Saturation Vibrancy at 50 for more punch to the colors. I added Image Information, Title and Copyright, Programs used, etc. I also gave it a black border and saved that iteration.

I see that Corel is offering another upgrade to it's CorelDRAW Graphic Suite X7. The new version is unfortunately cost prohibitive for me (fixed income.) But I highly recommend Corel Products for the Windows based Graphics environment. Full Featured Corel products like CorelDRAW and PhotoPaint are great tools and lower in price than other Graphics programs out there.

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