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Thursday, December 31, 2015

"Textured Grunge Guitar Player" Paint.NET - Picasa

Textured Grunge Guitar Player


I have done another "Textured Grunge Guitar Player," for today's post. Last post of 2015, is Music Themed. It was simply done.

I opened the screen capture in Paint.NET. Here I applied the Effects, Artistic, Pen and Ink as a black and white image. I saved this iteration.

Since Picasa was open, I cropped and added a black border to the piece. I saved again with a different name. I switched back to Paint.NET and opened that file.

Next I located a Grunge Texture and opened it in Paint.NET. I selected all and copied to the clipboard the Texture. I closed the texture file. I then Pasted as a New Layer onto the Ink Guitar Player image layer. I moved around the Texture until I found the most color in it. Using the property Multiply I added the now transparent texture to the Guitar Player merging the layers down.

I upped the Saturation by 115 in Paint.NET's Adjustments. I opened and selected, copied to the clipboard my signature file. I closed that file. I Pasted the signature as a new layer, resizing and placing it onto the image, deselected it and merged down all layers. I saved that iteration as the final image.

I don't have a Retrospective look at some of your favorite images of mine for 2015, but you are always invited to come here and look through the Label Cloud, or search for images to view again. Or to Listen to my Music Previews and buy what you would like to own.

Thank you for your Patronage of gatzkART! during the year! I look forward to additional Music and Digital Visual Artwork to share in 2016!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

"Bonamassa - Just Got Paid" HDR - Painter Essentials 5 Plus

Bonamassa - Just Got Paid

"Bonamassa - Just Got Paid," a screen capture from his performance was used for this piece. I am currently listening to quite a bit of Joe's Music and really like it. Bonamassa Website

I was in Picasa 3+ and I used the HDR tool on the capture. The Radius was medium and the strength was medium high. I also applied the Border tool for a Black and White Border. I saved this image with a new name.

I opened in Painter Essentials 5 and Digitally Painted it with the Oil Painting set, Digital Watercolor Dry Brushes. I then switched to the Illustration set and used the Chalk, Pastels, Crayons Soft Charcoal Brushes. I saved this under a new name.

I then used Paint.NET to add my Signature layer and resized , placed it with the property Additive. I merged the layers. Saving again as a JPG. I used the original bordered size of the piece for display.

All song names and the artist name are owned by Joe Bonamassa and his company. See the link above for more information about this Great Blues/Rock Singer/Songwriter/Performer. Thanks!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

"Bonamassa and Friends - Slow Train Acoustic" Painter Essentials 5 Plus

Bonamassa and Friends - Slow Train Acoustic


"Bonamassa and Friends - Slow Train Acoustic," is from a screen capture I took watching a video of the performance. I opened in Picasa 3+ and used the Pencil Sketch tool on the image. Saving that I opened the black and white piece in Painter Essentials 5.

I Hand Painted on the Canvas Layer using the color palette in Essentials. Brushes used were the Chalk and the Diffuse Water Brushes set at varying small sizes and Opacity. I painted each Individual with my choice of colors and the same for the Lighting.

I saved that and then created a second layer, filling it with a Light Gray color. I used the property Multiply on that layer for transparency. Then I dropped all layers and saved the Large file again.

Next I opened the file in PhotoPaint and Hand Painted more of the background, using the eyedropper to select colors. I used the Light Turin Cover Brush to hand paint. All color choices were mine, not from the original screen capture. I used the Tone Curve for depth to the colors and increased the Saturation by 15 for a punchy view. I saved this iteration.

As Picasa was still open, I used the Museum Matte for the matte and framing, saved again. In PhotoPaint I added my signature layer, sized and placed it using the property Add for transparency. and I saved the Large piece again.

I resampled the file in PhotoPaint for display at 96dpi, 75 compression, 25 smoothing, saved as a JPG. Be certain to click on the image for the Larger view of all the details and textures! Thanks!


Monday, December 28, 2015

"Lead Guitar Player III" Picasa - Painter Essentials 5 Plus

Lead Guitar Player III


Continuing with a music theme I chose another "Lead Guitar Player III" photograph to Digitally Paint. I opened first in Picasa 3+ and applied the HDR effect with the Radius Medium and the Value, or Strength to Higher. This gave the image great tonal contrasts. I saved that change.

In Painter Essentials 5 I selected  the Oil Painting set with a Digital Watercolor Diffuse Water Brush, thus set I Digitally Painted the HDR image. I used Apply Surface Texture Effect with Image Luminance Texture. I then did a light Detailed Watercolor, still using the Diffuse Water Brush, stopping the set before it completed.

In Picasa again I applied and added a Black Border to the piece and saved that iteration.

Using Paint.NET I added my signature layer with the property Additive for transparency. I saved that iteration at 100%, 120dpi. I next resized the image to display size 95 compression and 120dpi JPG.

As always I encourage my readers to click on the image to view the large piece for all details and the best of views. Open from your browser, use F11 (in most browsers) for the full screen view and go back to the regular setting by using F11 again.

I am hoping to add some newer Digital Download CDBaby Singles in the coming months. I invite you to listen the the Full Previews as you visit gatzkART!. Just use the CDBaby Kiosks lower down on the page of images and explanations. I have ten songs for your enjoyment.

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Friday, December 25, 2015

"Grunge Textured Acoustic Guitar Player" PhotoPaint

Grunge Textured Acoustic Guitar Player


I received a suggestion that I try to reinstall my Corel Graphics Suite 12 with "Troubleshoot Compatibility" The Install worked with a WinXP Service Pack 3 compatibility. So I now have the Suite running under this setting complete with CorelDRAW and PhotoPaint, and the other Suite programs.

I tested the program PhotoPaint only to have it crash as I had too many Large files open. I learned from that to keep my files down to a minimum while working in PhotoPaint. And to save frequently!

I opened an "Acoustic Guitar Player," free to edit photograph, in PhotoPaint. I applied the Threshold tool for white space and minimized colors. I saved this file. Then I opened a Grunge Texture file from the Freebie Fridays Textures I receive from Stockvault. I copied the image to the clipboard and then deleted it from my workspace. I pasted it over the Acoustic Guitar Player image. Here I used the property Multiply and I merged the layers.

I increased the Saturation of the colors a bit and then save this iteration. I now only had a single file open in PhotoPaint. I added my signature layer with open, copy, paste as layer, then deleted the signature image. I resized to fit and used the property Add for transparency. I merged the file and saved again.

Going to Image, Resample I decreased the piece for display, 96dpi, 75 compression, and 25 smoothing, Optimized JPG.

I was happy that I had no further problems with too many large files open in PhotoPaint. That seemed to allow me to be creative yet frugal in my image creation, frequent saving of files as one goes along is very wise.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

"Violin Close Up" Painter Essentials 5 Plus

Violin Close Up


Continuing in a Musical frame of mind, a free to edit photograph of a "Violin Close Up," was used. As you can tell from my last couple of posts I like Musical themed images, and I like Digital Watercolor with variations of Brushes used.

I opened the photograph in Painter Essentials 5, selecting the Watercolor Sketch set. I picked from the Acrylic and Oils Brushes the Wet Oily Brush and Digitally Painted the piece. I added back in details of the strings, bridge, and sound hole using the Photo Painting Brush Soft Cloner, painting by hand.

I hand painted the surrounding background using first the Digital Watercolors Brush - Wash Brush. I continued to paint using the following: the Spatter Water Brush, the Pencils, Pens and Markers Brush Dry Ink, for the Ocher-like hatching. I also used the Photo Painting Brush - New Simple Water to tone down the Blue watercolor a tad. As you can see a Paper Texture was used during the entire process.

Saving that large file, I opened in Paint.NET and added my signature layer with the property Multiply for transparency, and merged the layers. I saved that iteration to Post.

My notes here are incomplete, but I am certain I used Irfanview to Resize/Resample the piece for posting size at 72.dpi JPG.

As always I encourage you to click on the Image for the Larger view to see the details and textures clearly.

If you haven't listened to any of my songs listed in the CDBaby Kiosks below they are Full song Previews for you to have a listen. Just scroll to the Kiosks below and select a song you haven't listened to yet and sample my Independent Alternative Folk/Rock Music.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

"Street Musicians Two" Painter Essentials 5

Street Musicians Two


"Street Musicians Two," began as another one of the Guitars and Music, free to edit, photographs I found recently. I opened the photograph in Painter Essentials 5 and applied the Effect Sharpen first, this brought out details that were slight.

I next selected the Colored Pencil Drawing set, using Pencils, Pens, and Markers Oily Variable Pencil and Digitally Painted the image. In the enlargement of the image you can see the lines of the Pencil used. Just before it completed I stopped the effect. I then selected the Watercolor Sketch set, with the Oily Variable Pencil as the Brush setting still. This was a good combination of styles and lead to lines as well as watercolors added.

I then selectively hand painted back in some details to the Instruments and the Musicians using the Photo Painting Brush Soft Cloner. I saved that large iteration.

Now in Paint.NET I selected some Adjustments namely the Saturation boosting the colors from 100% to 110% for a punch. I also added my signature layer and merged the layers.

In Irfanview I added a Black Border, and saved that, then Resized/Resampled at 72dpi for display.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

"Street Musicians" Picasa - Painter Essentials 5 - PaintDotNET

Street Musicians


I gathered up a few new Guitar and Musician based themed free photographs. "Street Musicians," is the first piece I Digitally worked on. I opened in Picasa 3+ and applied the HDR effect, Radius was Medium, and the Strength or Value was Fair.

Saving that I opened in Painter Essentials 5. Here I used a Modern Painting set with Acrylics and Oils Real Wet Brush. After Digitally Painting that I used the Photo Painting Brush Soft Cloner to add detail to each of the Musicians and a tad to the background trees. Back in Picasa I applied a Black on Black Border and saved again.

Opening it with Paint.NET I applied Adjustments, Curves to add depth, and added my signature layer with the Property Lighten. I then merged the layers. I saved the large iteration at 120dpi.

I Resized /Resampled in Irfanview at 72dpi for display with another name.


Monday, December 21, 2015

"How I Did This: Cabin in the Forest" Painter Essentials 5 - PaintDotNET -Irfranview

Cabin in the Forest


The "Cabin in the Forest," began as a photograph from Unsplash Free Photographs. I opened the file in Painter Essentials 5 and used Effects Tonal Control - Equalize for brightening the colors.

I selected the Watercolor Sketch set, and used an F-X Brush called Glow to Digitally paint the image. I then added back in some details using the Photo Painting Brush Soft Cloner by hand. Using Effects, Apply Surface Texture I chose 3D Luminance to add Texture to the piece. I added back in some details with the Soft Cloner Brush lightly.

I saved the large 3000 X 2000 pixel image at 72dpi, with a new name. Next I opened in Paint.NET.

Here I applied some Adjustments, first in Curves I lightened the image depth of color, then using Saturation I increased colors by 115% from 100%. I added my Signature Layer using the Property Lighten and merged the layer down. I saved that iteration with the same name.

I needed to resize for display here on the blog. I opened the file in Irfranview. Here I resized the piece and resampled the compression for a smaller JPG file. Please click on the file for a larger view and notice the details and texture.

My CDBaby Kiosks are still lower down on the page for you to sample Full Previews of my music. I encourage you to listen to my Independent Music which I call Alternative Folk Rock. All ten songs are for sale at only $0.99 apiece, with the exception of, "Hello, Hello!," which is a shorter song, reminiscent of the Beatles 70's era. Click on the arrow on the second Kiosk to select a new song to hear and the image and titles will change. Remember Full Previews of all songs are available for your listening to all ten songs. Have a click or two!




Friday, December 18, 2015

"Digitally Painted Doors Digital Collage" Painter Essentials 5 - Picasa Plus

Digitally Painted Doors Collage


I created this collage from free photographs that I got from Unsplash. Some of them I had done earlier, and as I wanted to present a Digital Collage of a Series of Doors I did a few more.

The Aqua Door and Windows with the Ocher Wall I opened in Painter Essentials 5. I used the Artist Brushes set, with Impressionistic Blender Jitter brush. I also used the Photo Painting Brush - Soft Cloner for details.

In the upper right hand corner, the Brown Door and Shutters I opened in Painter Essentials 5. Here I applied the Watercolor Sketch set with Photo Painting Brush, Grainy Variable Pencil selected. I used Picasa to up the Shadows and in Paint.NET I added my signature layer with the property Multiply for transparency.

On the Burgundy Door with Foliage I used GIMP's Oil Paint and added Texture to the entire image. Very simple changes in color with Saturation and Curves for depth. (Lower right hand corner.)

The Green Door and Windows with the White Wall, I used Painter Essentials 5, Watercolor Sketch with Photo Painting Brush, Chalk Cloner. Then I added a touch of the Colored Pencil Drawing set using a Grainy Variable Brush. In Paint.NET, I again upped the Saturation and depth with Curves.

I grouped the images all in their own Folder named Doors. Opening Picasa 3+ I selected them all and chose Create Collage, Repositioned a couple of the images and made the large Digital Collage.

I used Irfranview to resize the JPG file for display at 72dpi.

I am now pretty satisfied with my slight penchant with a Doorway Series, as this Digital Collage served to create differing views of Doorways and Windows. I invite you to click on the image for the larger view, and to see more of the details of each Doorway and surrounds.




Wednesday, December 16, 2015

"Lead Guitar Player" PaintDotNET - Painter Essentials 5

Lead Guitar Player


I have been thinking about Music lately, my own and others. I decided to do a post about Guitar Playing. I found a really nice "Lead Guitar Player," photograph from UNsplash.

It was actually a very dark piece color wise so I opened in Paint.NET and used Adjustments, Curves, lightening the colors. I then went to Effects, Artistic, Ink. I lowered the number of Ink pen and upped the color to allow the modified colors to show through. I saved that large file.

Opening in Corel Painter Essentials 5 I selected the Detailed Watercolor set. Using Digital Watercolor Dry Brushes I Digitally Painted the piece. With the Soft Cloner Brush I added back in some details, as is my custom.

Going to Effects, Tonal Control I Equalized the Colors, as the painting as a watercolor had dimmed them. This brought the colors back to a balance I liked. I saved that iteration with a new name.

I returned to Paint.NET and applied my signature layer with the property Multiply for transparency. I merged all layers and saved again. I resized the image right in Paint.NET for display.

I recently recorded the song "Good Riddance - Time of Your Life," by Green day with my singing and playing my 12-String. For effect I doubled the singing and playing, on a second track. I used Reverb on both. So I have a experimental Echo sound to the song. I enjoyed doing it but it's not for everybody as the Echo effect is quite pronounced.

It won't be for sale as I do not have the resources to pay fees for a Cover of Green Day's song. But I have been actively seeking others songs to play and record for fun and mixing experience.


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

"The Brown Door and Green Scooter" Painter Essentials 5 Plus

The Brown Door and Green Scooter


Looking for additional "Door," photographs I discovered this one on UNsplash. "The Brown Door and Green Scooter," is good subject matter for a Digitally Painted image.

I opened the photograph in Corel Painter Essentials 5 and selected the Illustration set. I chose the Artist Brush, Van Gogh Small, then digitally painted the image. It altered some of the colors but left a brilliant palette.

Many details need some restoration so I selected the Soft Cloner Brush and touched up the Steps. Door, Flower boxes, and the Scooter.

I went to Effects and Apply Image Texture to add some texture to the image. I used the Image Illumination setting and applied that. Look at the larger image by clicking on it for a closer look at the texture and details.

I next used Paint.NET to add my signature layer. I used the property Multiply, and deselected all, then Merged the layer down. I saved the large iteration.

Using Irfranview I opened that and resampled to a display size, saved with a secondary name.


Friday, December 11, 2015

"The Blue Door II" Painter Essentials 5 - GIMP - Irfranview

The Blue Door II


I garnered this photograph of another Blue Door. I wanted to do a series of Doors if I could find other good photographs. I selected this one and opened in Painter Essentials 5.

There I selected the Modern Painting set, and chose a Photo Painting Brush Pencil for the Digital painting. I then added back in some details using the Soft Cloner brush, like the door handle and grain of the wood.

I saved that large file and opened it in GIMP, here I added a layer of my signature. I also used Curves to add depth to the image. I Flattened the layers and saved again.

Using Irfranview I kept the image proportions but decreased the compressed size for the display JPG file. I kept the image at 72dpi.

All the time learning and using these programs as they challenged me with differing interfaces and different labels for doing each step. Time consuming but rather intuitive (avoiding manuals) having an enjoyable time while still producing Digital Visual Art.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

"Foggy Autumn Path" PainDotNET - Picasa - Irfranview

Foggy Autumn Path


I opened this photograph of a Foggy Autumn Path in Paint.NET. Here I played around with the Oil Paint Effects, adjusting the value and coarseness of the brush application. I also used the Curves and Saturation for a boost and depth to the colors, bringing out the Autumn trees in the background through the Fog.

I added my signature as a layer and am still learning how to resize it to a proper size for my images. I flattened the layers together. I opened the piece in Picasa and applied the Museum Matte for the framing.  I selected a light green for the Matte to enhance the greens in the mid-ground.

I experimented with Windows 10 Photo editing program. I enhanced the image. Then I increased the Ocher colors a tad for some interest on the Path and the main Tree on the right.

That program is limited in it's functionality but was worth the experiment with it.

I used Irfranview to resize the image for display, as the other programs saved my large views as large files.  Smaller files load more quickly. Be sure to click on the image for a larger view.

I noticed in my Stats that I am getting interest from both outside the US and other countries. Simpler posts seem appropriate for now. Thanks for your interest!


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

"The Blue Door" Painter Essentials 5 - New Learning Curve - GIMP - PaintDotNet - Inkscape

The Blue Door

A experimental post to see if anyone is still interested in gatzkART!

This image was Digitally Oil Painted in Corel Painter Essentials 5, with a small setting brush. Details added with a Straight Cloner Brush. House Number changed in Paint.NET.

GIMP layers for the signature.

Trying out new Open Source programs GIMP; Paint.NET; Inkscape. Learning curve with all except Painter Essentials 5 which is similar to Painter, but with more Auto Painting styles and Brushes as compared to Painter Photo Essentials 4.

None of my older legacy Corel programs work with the newest Windows 10 updates. So I am on a new course learning these other programs strengths and weaknesses.

Comment if you would like.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

"How To: Workflow - Young Man and Woman Portrait" Corel


Digital Watercolor Young Man and Woman Portrait




I truly appreciate the fine portraiture I find at Unsplash Free Photos. I found this Grayscale Portrait of a Young Man and Woman there and downloaded it. I wanted to ply my Digital Visual Art Skills to this image, so, of course I did.

I opened the large file in Corel Painter Essentials 5 and began:
  • I selected the Watercolor Sketch set
  • Photo Painting Brushes
    • Bristle Oils Cloner
      • Size 15
      • Opacity 88%
    • I hand cloned the eyes and mouths
    • Photo Painting Brushes
      • Straight Cloner
      • Size 21.7
      • Opacity 100%
Saving that large iteration I opened it in Corel Painter 11 and began to paint by hand:
  • Digital Watercolors
    • Dry Brush
      • Size varied starting at 29.7
      • Opacity 20%
      • Grain 100%
      • Diffusion 0
      • Wet Fringe 10%
  • Background Sky painting
    • Broad Water Brush
      • Size Varied starting at 13.2
      • Opacity 29%
      • Grain 58%
      • Diffusion 0
      • Wet Fringe 50%
  • I also used the Liquid Ink Brushes for lined details
    • Coarse Camel Brush
      • Size Various
      • Opacity 100%
I once again saved that larger image and opened it in Corel PSP Pro X3:
  • Smart Photo Fix
    • Brighter +28
    • Shadows 0
    • Highlights +10
    • Saturation +10
    • Focus +57
  • Hue and Saturation
    • Vibrancy +20
I added my signature, sized and placing it, before I saved the large Final piece. I then resized for display to 801 X 1200 Pixels, 72dpi, JPG file format.

I used Picasa to create the short Movie of the photo steps as the were taken. I have yet to use Camstudio with Windows 10 (free version) to create a YouTube video of my steps and creation of an artwork. 

I did my editing from my short notes I took as I worked on this image, hoping that others can learn from my efforts. Admitting that some of my Corel Programs are older ones, Digital Artists can get the flavor of the workflow and apply it to their current Programs. Most of my writing took place in Open Office the Open Source product. Some additional writing was done here in Blogger's editor.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

"How this was done: Sister in law and Younger Brother" Corel

Sister in law and Younger Brother


I was visiting my family up north in Farwell, Michigan and received some photographs from them for our albums. I took them and scanned them in using my Canon MP495 All-in-One. I set the scans for 300dpi and saved them to a Family Photo Folder.

I opened this portrait in Corel PSP Pro X3. The first thing I did was to crop the image, ridding it of some of the White Sky on the top of the original photograph. I applied the Smart Photo Fix:
  • Brightening
  • Increasing shadows
  • Upping the color a bit
I then used Adjust Curves for Depth, and  Saturation Vibrancy set at +20 for greater color.

I next opened the altered photograph in Corel Painter Essentials 5. First I tried a Pastel Drawing:
  • Chalk, Pastels and Crayons Brushes
  • Selecting the Sharp Charcoal Pencil Brush
  • size 7.0
  • opacity 100%
  • grain 25%
  • Clone Color from Source Image
I digitally painted the image for the first time, saving the iteration.

I next decided I wanted to experiment with the Modern Painting settings in PE5:
  • I painted from the Clone Color Source Image
  • After that was done I could see where more detail was needed
  • I Selected Photo Painting Brushes
  • Soft Cloner
  • And I Hand painted the Details back in with the setting for the Cloner Brush:
  • Size 15.7
  • Opacity 24%
I liked the resulting image, very painterly, and still with more details for the Faces, making a better portrait of my subjects. I saved that iteration with a differing name.

In PSP Pro X3 I added my Signature as a layer and sized and placed it with the property Multiply, merging and saving again.

As you can see I have used a combination of Narrative and Outline description of the process, workflow explanation. I hope you find it easier to follow the steps I took for this photograph to Digital Painting.

Musically I recently found online, three songs to learn to play on my Seagull 12-String Guitar and sing along in accompaniment. They are:
  • Good Riddance, Time of Your Life: by Green Day
  • I'm Fixing A Hole: by the Beatles
  • Big Yellow Taxi: by Joni Mitchell - the Counting Crows version 
I am hoping this warmer weather continues as my Studio/Office gets pretty chilly this time of year. I would be more apt to practice and record Covers for my own enjoyment if it remains warmer in here!

The last poem I wrote, is not good fodder for lyrical or melody development, so I await until a new song strikes me for writing and recording. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

"How To: Young Woman's Digital Watercolor Portrait" Corel

Young Woman's Digital Watercolor Portrait
I liked yesterday's Image quite a bit, so I found another Young Woman's Portrait on Unsplash Free Photos. I began adjustments in Picasa 3+. I first did Auto Contrast then I went to Brightness, there I increased the Highlights a bit, decreased the Shadows, and Increased the Color Temperature. I selected Saturation and increased the color some. Then I used the HDR tool, Low Radius, Medium Strength, zero Fade, and applied that. I saved the Large image.

Next I loaded the modified piece into Corel Painter Essentials 5. Selecting the Detailed Watercolor, I Set to Digital Watercolor Brushes, Diffuse Water Brush, Size 4.7; Opacity 100%; Grain 30% with Concrete Paper. I Digitally Painted the Young Woman's Portrait.

Still in PE5 I selected the Watercolor Sketch set with the same settings for Brush, Grain and Paper. I applied those settings to Digitally Paint over the Detailed Watercolor. Next I chose Photo Painting Brushes, Camel Oil Cloner Brush, Size 24.2, Opacity 72%, using this I retouched the Eyes, Ear, and Lips for some detail enhancement. I saved this iteration.

Using Corel PSP Pro X3 I opened that painted file and applied the Adjust, Smart Photo Fix. I set the Brighter to +28; Shadows to -30; Highlights to -10; and More Colorful to +20 with Sharper to +60. I added a Signature Layer, sizing and placing it I merged the Layers. As I wanted to mirror yesterday's image I went to Image, Picture Frame, and selected a Moss frame, outside image and merged that layer. I also used the Saturation Vibrancy set to 33 to punch up the colors one more time. I saved the Large iteration at 72dpi, RGB, 8 bit, JPG.

Per usual I resized the image for display here online.

It's time to ask again what format for my Workflow do you like better? The Outline Style or Narrative Style? One thing I haven't tried yet is combining the Styles using the Outline for the detailed settings and Narrative for explanations. I may try that if I get some feedback from You my Readers. Which do you prefer? Leave a Comment to reply.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

"How This was Done: Digital Watercolor Woman's Portrait"

Digital Watercolor Woman's Portrait

Grabbing a Woman's Portrait from Unsplash Free Photos I began adjusting it in Picasa 3+. I applied the Ortonish tool and was surprised to find a Textured, Vignetted, image. I saved that Large piece and opened it in Corel Painter Essentials 5.

There I selected the Detailed Watercolor setting, Rough Paper, Digital Watercolor Broad Brush, and painted it. I saved that iteration. I loaded it into Corel PSP Pro X3. Here I applied the Curves to add depth to the colors, also ran the Saturation Vibrancy at 33 on the image.

In PSP Pro X3 I loaded a Watercolor Paper from Stockvault's Friday Freebies, which happened to be the same size and portrait shape as the Digitally Painted Woman's Portrait. I copied the Portrait to the clipboard and Pasted as a New Layer to the Watercolor Paper. I had adjusted the Watercolor Paper with Curves as well, more depth to the color. I selected the Portrait and applied the Property Multiply to it. This allowed the Paper to show through with some transparency on the Portrait.

I opened my Signature file and copied and pasted as a New Layer to the two other layers. I sized and placed the signature, applying the property Multiply for transparency. I merged all Layers to one. Still in PSP Pro X3 I selected Image, Picture Frames, and picked a Rose colored frame with the setting outside the picture. I merged that as well.

I saved the Large iteration, then resized for display a 300dpi RGB 8 bit JPG.

Monday, November 2, 2015

"How to: Freehand Oil Pastel with Watercolor Paper Texture" Corel

Freehand Oil Pastel with Watercolor Paper Texture

Today I spent some time looking through some Older Freehand Drawings of mine done in various mediums. I found a color Oil Pastel Drawing of a Fictional Man's Portrait I had done, without a date on it. I know I had done it some time ago, but don't remember what year I drew it in.

I had just recently received some very nice Watercolor Paper Textures from Stockvault's Friday Freebies. I wanted to use one as they are new to me. I opened Corel PSP Pro X3 and went to my Textures folder, selecting one I loaded it into PSP Pro X3.

I then scanned in the Freehand Oil Pastel Drawing into PSP Pro X3, with Acquire Twain. I scanned at full color. After it loaded into PSP I resized it to 75% of the original, copied it to the clipboard and pasted as New Layer on the Watercolor Textured Paper. There I adjusted the placing for best effect and viewing, size matching the size of the Watercolor Texture Paper.

I then applied the Layer Property Multiply for transparency to allow the Watercolor to show through. Using Adjust, Smart Photo Fix I altered the Layered Portrait. Settings were: Brighter +23; Shadows -30; Highlights +20; Saturation +50; Focus Original 50; these were to my satisfaction and applied. I merged the two Layers.

I then loaded my Signature File, copied to the Clipboard and Pasted as a New Layer onto the image. I Sized and Placed the Signature, applying the Layer Property Multiply, and merged that with the piece. I saved the piece as a 300dpi RGB 8 bit JPG file.

I looked at it enlarged in Picasa Viewer and decided it needed a small Black Border, I added that at 10 pixels wide. I saved the large image again. Then I resized for display on the blog and other Social Media.

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Friday, October 30, 2015

"How this was Done: Street Scene Stairway Pastels" Corel

Street Scene Stairway Pastels

  • Street Scene Stairway
    • Corel Painter Essentials 5
      • Effects; Equalize
        • Black and White Points
        • Black 0%
        • White 65.9
        • Gamma 38%
      • Adjust Color
        • Uniform Color Setting
          • Hue Shift 0%
          • Saturation 82%
          • Value -25%
      • Select Pastel Drawing
        • Chalk, Pastels, Crayons
          • Square Chalk Brush
          • Straight Line setting
          • Size 14.3
          • Opacity100%
          • Grain 12%
          • Rough Charcoal Paper
    • Corel PSP Pro X3
      • Added Signature
        • Placed as new Layer
        • Sized to fit
        • Placed on image
        • Property Lighten
        • Merged all Layers
        • Saved iteration
          • Resized for display on Blog Post
Another fine photograph from Morguefile Free Photos. I did miss a step I took in the outline: I used a new layer to paint on for the Sky, using the Eye Dropper to select a blue from the image. Sometimes my notes get a little skewed! My apologies to the reader for my error.


Thursday, October 29, 2015

"How To: Hills, Mountains, Cloudy Skies Oils Plus" Corel

Hills, Mountains, Cloudy Skies

These are the Programs and settings I used to create today's image. I am still experimenting with the outline format. Please let me know if you prefer this format or a Narrative Style format explaining how to use the stated Programs. Comments welcome!
  • Corel Painter Essentials 5
    • Landscape – Hills, Mountains, Cloudy Skies
      • Effects
        • Tonal Control
          • Increased Saturation
      • Select Oil Painting
        • Acrylics and Oils
          • Real Wet Brush
          • Size 25
          • Opacity 100%
          • Freehand Brush setting
          • Artists Rough Paper
          • Paint with these settings
      • Select Detailed Watercolor
        • Still using Real Wet Brush
          • Size 10.2
          • Opacity 82%
          • Straight Brush
          • Same Paper setting
          • Paint with these settings
          • Stop before complete for just light effect
      • Select Colored Pencil Drawing
        • Pencils, Pens and Markers
          • Dry Ink Brush
          • Freehand Strokes
          • Size 31.5
          • Opacity 24%
          • Grain 100%
          • Same Paper setting
          • Paint with these settings
          • Stop before complete for just light effect
  • Corel PSP Pro X3
    • Adjust
      • Smart Photo Fix
        • Brighter 32
        • Shadows -10
        • Highlights -5
        • Saturation 50
        • Focus- Original 47
      • Opened Signature
        • Placed as new layer
        • Sized to fit
        • Merged all Layers; Added 10 pixel Black Border
This photograph was from the Morguefile Free Photos. I truly appreciate their sharing some very good compositions for Digitally Painting and adjusting.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

"How to: Pier at Sunset - Impressionistic - Pen and Ink" Corel

Pier at Sunset - Impressionistic - Pen and Ink
This photograph is from Unsplash Free Photos. I selected it for the perspective and great color of the Sunset. Below are the Programs and Settings used to create todays Digital Painting:
  • Corel Painter Essentials 5
    • Impressionist Painting
      • Impressionist Cloner Brush
      • Size 19.0; Opacity 100%
      • Straight Line Setting
      • Concrete Paper
    • Pencils, Pen, Markers
      • Felt Marker Brush
      • Size 8.3; Opacity 21%; Grain 21%
      • Concrete Paper
      • Straight Line Setting
        • Paint two times
        • Switch to Curved Line Setting
          • Paint once more
    • Save large iteration
  • Picasa 3+
    • HDR tool
      • Mid High Radius
      • Medium Strength
      • Low Fade; Apply and Save
  • Corel PSP Pro X3
    • Smart Photo Fix
      • Brighter +12
      • Shadows -20
      • Saturation; More Colorful +50
      • Focus; Original 26
    • New Layer for Signature
      • Open Signature file
      • Resize
      • Place
    • Merge all layers
    • Save Large iteration 72dpi
    • Resize Image for display
    • Save with New name

I hope this format is informative, I want to explain a bit more of what I do to create my Digital Visual Artworks. Comments and shares always welcome!

Monday, October 26, 2015

"Steps and Settings: Late Autumn Walker On a Dirt Road." Corel

"Late Autumn Walker On a Dirt Road."


I've had a busy weekend so not much time to work on any Digital Paintings. Today I started about 12:30pm to work on the computer and I found time for one. The photograph is from Morguefile Free Photos, a landscape. It depicts a "Late Autumn Walker On a Dirt Road."

I opened in Corel Painter Essentials 5 and tried a few settings for the image. I settled on an Oil Painting, Concrete Paper Texture, choosing from the Photo Painting Brushes I picked the Grainy Variable Pencil. The Opacity was set at 74% and the Grain to 12%. I then Digitally Painted this piece using those settings.

Saving the large iteration I opened in Corel PSP Pro X3. Here I decided to add an Ornate Frame with the Inside Image setting. I opened and copied my signature and Placed as New Layer into the piece. I resized it and placed it and applied the Property setting Lighten for transparency. I merged the layers.

Next I used the Smart Photo Fix tool and upped the colors. And I used Increase to RGB 16-bit on the whole image.

I like the museum look and feel of the Ornate Frame, and the colors and detail of the Grainy Variable Pencil within the making of this image. I saved the large iteration and then resized for display.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

"How To: Two Images Digitally Painted in Painter Essentials 5" Corel

Old Boat

Red Escape Stairway

I went ahead and purchased Corel Painter Essentials 5 at 30% off. I welcome it into my arsenal of Digital Visual Art Programs. It will accomplish much as I create new Digital Visual Artworks. And it is a Current Version supported by Corel Corporation. A big plus as much of what I use are Legacy Corel Programs, which sometimes work wonky with Windows 10.

I perused Morguefile for Free Photos this afternoon and discovered a few photographs I plan to Digitally alter and display here on gatzkART!. Take for instance this image I worked on today. An Old Boat no longer in use, beached for a while it seems. I opened it in Painter Essentials 5 and digitally painted as a Watercolor Sketch, a Wet brush, and regular paper. I used the color palette from the original photograph. After it was painted I selected Apply Surface Texture, using an angular texture. I saved that large iteration.

I opened this in Corel PSP Pro X3. Here I applied the Smart Photo Fix, brightening it, increased the color, and shadows. I then used the Curves to add depth to the colors. I upped the Saturation Vibrancy by 33 for that punch I like. I added my signature, which I finally placed in it's own folder to find the black or white one easier. I fit and placed it using the property Lighten for transparency. I saved this large file again.

I resized for display and then adjusted the Curves again as some depth was lost in downsizing. I saved that file at 150dpi RGB 8-bit JPG.

Still testing Corel Painter Essentials 5 I used a Building with Red Escape Stairs for my subject today, also from Morguefile Free Photos. I used the Watercolor Sketch setting, Tapered Camel Brush, Worn Pavement Paper and I also added back in some details. I used the Acrylics & Oil Glazing Round Brush for that. I upped the Saturation in Essentials 5.

I then opened in Corel PSP Pro X3 and added Saturation Vibrancy for the pop to the colors. Here I also added my signature file as a layer, sizing it and placing it, applying the property Multiply for transparency. I merged all layers and saved the large file at 150dpi, RGB 8-bits.

I saved this almost square Digitally Painted photograph for display by resizing it still at 150dpi and RGB 8-bits, JPG.

I am thoroughly enjoying using Corel Painter Essentials 5 and it's diverse selection of brush variants and settings for creating Digitally Painted Visual Artworks. I would recommend this program to those who would like to create great paintings digitally. It is still on sale at 30% off until midnight October 22, 2015, that's tonight. Search for Corel Corporation and Painter Essentials 5 for the sale.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

"Painter Essentials 5 Test Digital Collage" Corel - Picasa

Painter Essentials 5 Test Digital Collage



I received a Sale deal from Corel today. Their Painter Essentials 5 is 30% off. They have a 30 Day Trial, so I downloaded that. Though the Sale is only until the 22nd at Midnight I wanted to see the advantages of it over Painter Photo Essentials 4, a legacy program.

I opened the trial and began playing with different settings on a number of free photographs from Unsplash and Morguefile. Needless to say it gave me some really interesting Digital Paintings. Oil, Modern, Illustration, Detailed Watercolor, Watercolor Sketch and Colored Pencil Drawing. With Version 5 there are more choices for Brushes, Paper, and others. Each type of painting you pick you can select a Brush, and Paper for your pleasure and mood. The Styles are an array of wonderment.

I took the Digital Paintings I had experimented with and used Picasa 3+ to create a Digital Collage, which you see here. It was so much fun I did not keep track of all the settings I chose. I saved the Collage and opened it in Corel PSP Pro X3. There I adjusted the Saturation Vibrancy, added my signature and saved the large Collage. I resized for display.

I am pretty confident I am going to purchase Corel's Painter Essentials 5, and retire Painter Photo Essentials 4. After all it is priced for $34.99 Download version.

Monday, October 19, 2015

"Steps to: Colorful Coastline - Digital Watercolor" Corel

Colorful Coastline
  • Download Free Photograph from Unsplash
  • Open in Corel Painter Photo Essentials 4
  • Paint Digitally as Watercolor Sketch, Rough Paper, Color Saturate, Dry Bristle Brush
  • Save large iteration
  • Open in Corel PSP Pro X3
  • Apply Smart Photo Fix, Increase Colors, Shadows
  • Applied Saturation Vibrancy set at 33
  • Add Signature layer, merge and save large file as JPG.
  • Resize Image for display here.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

"White Bearded Man Portrait" Corel

White Bearded Man Portrait


Back to Bearded Men Digital Portraits in today's exercise. I saw this portrait online recently and was immediately taken by the man's countenance. I just wanted to digitally paint him. So I downloaded from Morguefile and began to think about the endeavor.

To give greater detail to the image I opened it in Corel Painter Photo Essentials 4 first. It began as a grayscale image, I used the Watercolor Sketch tool, Rough Paper, Saturate color (grayscale,) Dry Bristle Brush. I digitally painted it there for the sketchiness. This gave me a great piece to Digitally Paint by hand further in Corel Painter 11.

After I saved the large iteration I opened in Painter 11. I used my color palette with the Flesh tones and Earth tones appended, my current favorite palette. I used the Digital Watercolors Brushes, starting with a Coarse Dry Mop brush. I began to paint the fleshtones selecting ones darker than usual, and laid a background to work with. I added colors as I went selecting almost randomly. I varied the size of the brush as I painted, smaller to larger, back to smaller.

When I came to the Beard I selected the Liquid Ink Brushes for greater detail in his white hair and beard. I chose very small strokes for the beard and varied them only a bit as you can see, some larger some very small. This gave me a great effect for some realism sketchiness in the beard.

I painted the eyeglasses as Tortoise Shell, as the details indicated and the beginning photograph had shown. I selected a Digital Watercolor Green and some Yellow for the sweater, and background, adding in a touch of each to the face and eyes. I had layers of Digital Watercolor and Liquid Ink I selected all layers and Dropped all. This blended much of the colors together, as you will notice the green about the eyes. An unexpected result, perhaps a unhappy accident for the eyes only.

I saved the large iteration and opened in Corel PSP Pro X3, viewing it there I upped the colors by 33 in Saturation Vibrancy. I always use Vibrancy toward the punch that move brings to the pieces I paint digitally. I did not use Curves or the Smart Photo Fix at all on this image. Satisfied with the end result I added a layer with my signature, sizing and placing it, then merging the layers to one. Saved a large iteration then resized for display in this post.

Monday, October 12, 2015

"How this was Done - Musicians Digital Collage" Corel - Picasa

Musicians Digital Collage


As a Musician I enjoy seeing them working their craft. I garnered a few photographs of Musicians from Morguefile and selected four of them to present as Digital Visual Art. The selected four of the photographs I had downloaded from the Free Photos on Morguefile. I decided to do something a little different with them. I chose a Fiddle Player, Banjo Player, Acoustic Guitar Player and an Electric Guitar player. I had a Band without drums, not unheard of for Folk Rock Bluegrass.

I opened each one separately in Corel Painter Photo Essentials 4 and digitally painted them. The settings were the Watercolor Sketch, Rough Paper, Saturate Color, Dry Bristle Brush. I did each of the photographs with these settings for uniformity of execution.

After I saved each one I opened Picasa 3+ and selected them individually to use to create a Digital Collage of all four. I applied Picasa's Collage tool and set it as 8.5" X 11" format, Mosaic setting. I shuffled the photos until I had a balance of the four painted images. I generated the Digital Collage in Picasa. It was saved automatically as a large JPG image.

I opened that Collage in Corel PSP Pro X3. Here I applied the Smart Photo Fix tool, upping the color and the highlights just a bit, with a suggested brightening setting. I then used the Saturation Vibrancy tool on the Collage. I thought about applying the Curves to it but the colors were just right, so I did not. I added my signature as a layer and sized it and placed it with the Property of Lighten, merging the layers. I saved the large iteration.

As is my custom I next resized the piece for display in PSP Pro X3, 72dpi and full color.

So I am a Producer of Bands now! I created this group and they sound great! Well, if you could hear them like I do in my head, I am certain you would appreciate them.



Saturday, October 10, 2015

"How this was Done - Autumn Pathway - Classic Oils" Corel

Autumn Pathway - Classic Oils


I really appreciate the very good photographs you can find on Stockvault's Free Photos. This is one example. It is an Autumn Pathway with great composition and color. I downloaded it and opened in Corel PSP Pro X3, here I applied the Smart Photo Fix, upping the color, decreasing the highlights a bit. I applied the Saturation Vibrancy set at 33, then used the Curves to add depth to the colors.

What punch the photograph had then. I saved the large image at 300dpi. I opened it in Corel Painter Photo Essentials 4. Here I used the Classic Oils settings with rough paper, saturated colors and the Bristle Oil brush. I digitally painted the Autumn Pathway, saving the large iteration as a JPG.

I then opened it in Corel PhotoPaint and added my signature, I also resized for display. This image must be viewed at the largest size you can view it on your device or computer. The brushstrokes are amazingly curvy and make for a great piece.

Friday, October 9, 2015

"10 Minute Digital Collage - Textured Young Lady" Corel

Textured Young Lady Portrait



Another 10 minute Digital Collage is the subject today. I opened a Texture from Stockvault Friday Freebies of Yellow Painted Concrete in Corel PSP Pro X3. I also opened a portrait of a Young Lady from the Morguefile Free Photos in Paint.NET. In Paint.NET I changed the image to a Black and White photo, I applied the Artistic Ink Sketch, Coarse pen to that.

Saving that I opened it in PSP Pro X3 and placed it as a layer on the Texture. I adjusted the size of the Young Lady to fit the large Texture. Using the property Multiply I added transparency to the portrait. I added my signature and then upped the Saturation Vibrancy. I merged the layers and removed EXIF information from the image. I then simply resized for display. I adjusted the Curves to add depth to the piece and saved it.

All in all it took around 10 minutes and a tad to complete this Textured Digital Collage of the Young Lady.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

"How To: Hewn Stone Steps" Corel

Hewn Stone Steps


Another Landscape diversion for me. I believe I got the photograph of the Hewn Stone Steps from Morguefile, but my records are not always accurate. So bear with me about the source of the file, please.

I opened the Stone Steps in Corel PSP Pro X3 and I adjusted it with the Smart Photo Fix, upping the color, decreasing the highlights, and a light brightening. I used the Curves to add depth to the colors. Then I applied the Saturation Vibrancy set on 33. I saved that iteration.

I liked the end result of my last Landscape so I opened this photograph in Corel Painter Photo Essentials 4. Here I selected the Classical Oil Painting settings to paint with. I also tried the Pastel Drawing, Watercolor Sketch, and Modern Painting settings, but my favorite was the Classical Oil.

I saved that file as a JPG, with my compression off. I opened the file in Corel PhotoPaint and added my signature. I attempted to rid the image of a small red object with the standard paint brush in PhotoPaint, but in Windows 10 OS the paint brush painted a inch line on the Steps, this had never happened before. I tried to eliminate the red object to no avail in PhotoPaint. So you may notice it in the painting.

I resampled the 300dpi image to a display size, saving that with compression set at 75 and smoothing at 25. I decided to try one more thing to get rid of the red object. I have done little painting with PSP Pro X3's tools, I reopened the display image in PSP Pro X3. There I selected the color-picker and chose some colors around the stone wall area. I selected the Airbrush tool and painted out the red object with a few differing colors. That was better.

I saved the file again and posted this for today's viewers.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

"How This Was Done - Sun Breaking Through a Foggy Forest" Corel

Sun Breaking Through a Foggy Forest


I received some Free Photographs from Unsplash today, I saved one to my computer. I then went to the Unsplash site and logged in and looked through many new and featured photographs. I was attracted to this one of a Forest of Birch and Pine Trees with the Sun Coming Through the Fog.

I opened Corel PSP Pro X3 and I upped the Saturation Vibrancy to 33, then I adjusted the Curves a tad. I went to Colors and adjusted the Fade to 45 for more depth to the colors. Being a large file from Unsplash I saved that iteration full size.

I opened Corel Painter Photo Essentials 4 and experimented with a couple of painting styles, Gouache, Wet on Wet Watercolor, and then I decided to apply the Classical Oil Paint settings to the entire image. This was the image I was hoping for. The foreground displaying the wild flowers, the birch trees standing out clearly and, the sun breaking through the forest with a bright cast of light. You can even see the fog in the left side coming out into the trees.

I really liked the end resulting piece. I saved the Painting in a new Folder, "OilPaint," with a new name. I then opened the image in Corel PhotoPaint and added my signature to the piece. I saved again without compression. I then resampled the image for display, with an appropriate name modification, setting the compression to 75 and smoothing to 25.

I usually like to do portraits, one of my favorite subjects to paint. But, I also like Landscapes with great composition and color. So I chose to do that today with the fine free photograph from Unsplash.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

"How to: Anger - Bearded Man Digital Watercolor" Corel

Anger - Bearded Man



I found this photograph, grayscale, on the Morguefile Free Photos site. I was touched by the Anger of this Bearded Man. I decided to paint it to add to my recent collection of Bearded Men paintings. My first step was to open it in Corel Painter Photo Essentials 4 and auto paint it, grayscale, as a Pastel first. I stopped it before it was finished. Then I used the Watercolor Sketch with Dry Brushes set, Rough Paper and finished the auto painting.

I saved that iteration and opened it in Corel PSP Pro X3, I altered the image to a RGB 16-bit format as JPG. Saving that I opened it in Corel Painter 11.

Here I selected the Digital Watercolors Coarse Brush to paint Freehand. It automatically went to my default color Palette with colors, flesh tones and earth tones appended. I used that palette to paint. I like the Digital Watercolors because they paint on the one layer that is loaded and allows you to follow the shadows and features closely.

I selected the colors I wanted for this image as I went painting it freehand with my Wacom Stylus and Tablet. This is an older Legacy tablet that to my delight works in Windows 10! I adjusted the brush and colors as I was moved to. I did not touch the background of the piece as it had a great look and good colors for this image.

I finished painting and saved the large iteration. I then opened in Corel PSP Pro X3 and upped the Saturation Vibrancy by 33 for more punch to the colors. Here I added my signature as a layer, then resized it and merged the layers together. Saving once again I then opened the file in Corel PhotoPaint to resample for display size, saving that iteration as well, with a new name.

It has taken me a few hours to do this particular piece, eventhough it is done Digitally. I also have to remember each step I take so I can relate the workflow in my posts. So I type up the description of that and it takes a bit of time as well. I finished up about 2:00pm EDT, for this posting Saturday, and will schedule it for Sunday. As I will be busy then and I will also post to Google+, Facebook, and Twitter for those who follow my works and descriptions of "How To" do the images later.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

"Wedding Song - Dream Has Come True"

https://soundcloud.com/gatzka-music/dream-has-come-true-wedding-song

The Couple


I have mentioned this song in my last post, the Wedding Song "Dream Has Come True," for our Son and new Daughter in law. It was played and presented at their wedding reception. My wife and I were surprised by the enthusiastic applause we received from all there.

It is short, 2:25 Minutes, have a listen!

Congratulations to our Son and his new wife!


Friday, September 25, 2015

"How This Was Done - Wooden Corduroy Bridge Impressionistic Style" Corel

Wooden Corduroy Bridge



Another Free Photograph I was given to use. A "Wooden Corduroy Bridge," in the forest. With Autumn here and the colors soon to change I selected this for today's theme. I opened the file in Corel PSP Pro X3 and applied the Smart Photo Fix, increasing the color and adding shadow and deepening the highlights. I used the Saturation Vibrancy tool on it. I saved that iteration.

I opened Picasa and selected the adjusted image. I applied the Ortonish tool to the image, and saved that. I then opened it in Corel Painter 11. There I did a Quick Clone, selected the Artist Brush Auto Van Gogh and auto painted the piece with smaller brush strokes.

Saving that file with a new name I reopened it in PSP Pro X3 and also opened the pre-painted image. I copied and layered that over the painted piece. I then played with properties (using the Overlay property) and opacity. This boosted the detail and depth of it. I added my Signature as a Layer and merged all to one layer (background.) I saved that iteration with a new name. Viewing it full screen in Picasa, I was satisfied with the final piece.

I then resized the image for display and your consideration.

I haven't been working too much on new songs lately. My Son got married, and my wife and I collaborated on a song for the Bride and Groom to sing at the reception for them. "Dream Has Come True," was my first real collaboration with my wife, we both really enjoyed it. It was well received at the reception and we were given a surprisingly enthusiastic round of applause. My Son and his new wife appreciated it and that was very important to us.

It is a simple tune with shared parts and the 12-String for accompaniment. I may share it on SoundCloud if I have enough room left to post. It is only 2:25 minutes long! Long enough to get the sentiment out.



Wednesday, September 23, 2015

"Digital Collage How To: Lighthouse with Slight Murmuration of Birds " Corel

Lighthouse with Slight Murmuration of Birds


I started this Digital Collage with three photographs from Unsplash Free Photos. I opened them one by one in Corel PSP Pro X3 and began the collage.

First I took the two photographs of Flying Birds and used the Crop tool on them to narrow in on the birds themselves. I applied the Threshold tool to each one, this made for black and white images to overlay. I placed the first one and sized to fit the Lighthouse Sky. I used the layer property Multiply and merged the layer. I did the same with the second birds image. This gave me a small murmuration of black birds. I merged the second layer of birds. I added my signature layer with the property Multiply as well, and merged all layers.

Still in PSP Pro X3 I applied the Smart Photo Fix with increased color, decreased shadows and highlights. I then applied the Saturation Vibrancy for a pop to the colors. I changed the image to a 16 bit RGB and Exported it as a JPG. I saved that large iteration with a light compression ratio. The higher I set the ratio the more pixelated the image became. So, I lowered it making for a larger file size. All this before re-sizing for display.

The download of the Lighthouse did not give it's location, and I am not certain where the original photograph was taken. Like many, I like Lighthouses as I live in the Great Lakes Area, and we have many of them throughout the State of Michigan.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

"Steps To: Red Brick Wall, Door, and Bike" Corel

Red Brick Wall Door and Bike


Steps to do this and the Programs used:

  • Picasa - HDR settings Strength=High Radius=Medium
  • Corel Painter Photo Essentials 4 settings Watercolor Sketch, Rough Paper, Colors=Intense, Dry Brush
  • Corel PSP Pro X3 settings Smart Photo Fix=Brightened, Colorful, Sharpness Saturation=Vibrancy at 33
  • Photograph from UNSplash Free Photos

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