Thursday, June 26, 2014

"Woman and Guitar in a Field with Textures" Corel

Woman and Guitar in a Field with Textures

Today I selected two Free photographs from StockVault. One is the Woman with the Guitar in a Field that you see here. I used Corel PSP Pro X3, opening the original photograph, and used two Free Textures from StockVault as well.

I first applied the Threshold tool to the image for a lot of white space. I then used a Vintage Paper Texture for the sepia toning. I added a Stone Wall Texture for some more interesting contrasts. I then used the Wand tool to make selections of the white space and added a light yellow to the new layer I created from the selections.

I added my inverted signature as a layer, as well as used the Image Information tool to add Title, Copyright, etc.

I saved the large iteration after I merged all layers to one. I then decided I wanted to use a light border and a golden frame to complete the image. I saved again and then resized the image for display.

All work was completed in Corel PSP Pro X3 as noted in the EXIF information. I am getting better at using that program, it can do many more things than I have learned at this point. I am looking forward to learning even more. As I have just invested in a faster Computer I cannot afford to upgrade my programs I use for digital creative artworks. I have to pay off the computer in full before investing in newer programs from Corel.

Monday, June 16, 2014

"Bearded Smiling Man with Texture" Corel

Bearded Smiling Man

Due to a truly busy schedule I have not posted in many days. Having some time today allowed me to create this image and post it.

I got the free Man's Portrait from MorgueFile's site and the Vintage stained paper Texture from StockVault's Free Texture Friday. I opened both in Corel PhotoPaint and cropped them and then pasted as New Image from Clipboard.

I took the Man and I used the Threshold tool on it for more white space, also it highlighted his beard and eyes and mouth. I took that and copied to the clipboard and pasted it as a layer onto the Vintage Paper Texture. I used the layer property Multiply to create the transparency, allowing the Texture to show through.

I used the Tone Curve tool to add depth to the paper color. I added a black border using the Papersize tool. I then added my inverted white signature with drag and drop from a open folder window. Resizing the signature to fit the large iteration, I merged the layers to one, I then saved it. I resampled it to display size for the blog and then began my posting and workflow explanation. I used only two layers for this image, not counting my signature.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

"In The Gloaming - Music - Textured Young Woman" Corel

In The Gloaming

A short workflow post today, as I had a busy day. I wanted to define Gloaming for you: it means in the Twilight or Dusk. Do a search on it and it has deeper meaning to it.

I used Corel PhotoPaint and Corel PSP Pro X3 for this piece. I added the Title and Programs used in the Image Information. PhotoPaint, and cropping, cut and paste, removed all the EXIF data from the image.

It is three layers, the Young Woman, a Painted Textured Wall, and some practice Violin Music.

I layered the images with some cropping and cut and paste work. I Distorted the Music with a Mesh tool in PhotoPaint. I added Saturation Vibrancy in PSP Pro X3, and my signature.

Sorry the workflow is not as clear, but a simple presentation of the work done should be adequate for those used to layering and working with such tools.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

"Gouache Painted Young Woman with Texture" Corel

Gouache Painted Young Woman with Texture

Using another Woman Portrait from MorgueFile, I opened it in Corel Painter Photo Essentials 4. There I selected the Gouache style of painting with Sandy Paper, Light Color, a Tapered Brush with 360 random rotation movement. I allowed the image to Auto Paint til I was satisfied with the image and stopped it. I saved that large iteration.

I opened Corel PSP Pro X3 and added a Textured layer from StockVault's Free Textures. I adjusted the Opacity of that rusted paint layer. I then copied the Woman's Portrait to the clipboard and pasted it as a layer upon the Texture. I resized the face to fit and cropped the merged layers to focus on the face. I saved that file as well.

In Corel PhotoPaint I added my signature in black, saving again and reopening in PSP Pro X3. There I added a black border to the image, saved, and resized for display here. I had also added a Title, Copyright, Programs used, and Resources to the EXIF information.

I did not mention it earlier but in Essentials 4 I used the soft clone brush to add back some of the mouth, nose and eyes for greater details.