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.

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