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- Make Changes In The Preference Settings
- New File Creation And Image Transfer
- View Command Setting And Options
- Create And Save Five Masks
Use Masks To Cut Out Parts
- Preparation: Create the 5 parts layers.
- Highlight the Art Layer.
- Drag it to the "Create New Layers"
icon 5 times.
- Relabel the new layers as shown
- Load the Frame Face mask into the
Frame Face layer.
- Select the Frame Face layer.
- Open the mask dialog box (Select > Load
- Choose Frame Face from the drop
- The Frame Face mask will appear
over the image as shown below.
- The sample image above has been
lightened to enhance the visibility of the Selection line and
to minimize file size.
- Cut away the unprotected area by pressing
the "Delete" key. The result is show below and this image
has not been lightened.
Add Effects: Apply surface and lighting
- Decrease contrast
- Eliminate the mask (Ctrl + D).
- Decrease contrast (Image > Adjust
- Add Texture
- Add noise (Filter > Noise > Add
- Set Noise level (25).
- Check select Gaussian.
- The result of the above two step.
- Add A Color Shift
- Colorize (Image > Adjust >
- Check select Preview.
- Set Hue to blue (149).
- Set Saturation to mute (81%).
- Set Lightness higher (+22).
- The result of the above step.
- The remaining parts can be created by
following the steps from above. Start with Use Masks To Cut Out
Parts step number 2. Just change the part layer and the mask
part. Do the Top Bevel next.
There is one additional step required by each
of the parts and they are as follows:
Final Enhancements: Adjust and retouch.
Adjust the newly created frame. I found it too
bold for the artwork. It was toned down for the final version to
retain the focus on the artwork.
The method I chose was to reduce the Layers Opacity setting to 75% for all the five parts layers. I could have chosen to
reduce contrast but the result would not have been as painterly.
The picture with a softer frame.
Retouching: Use the "Burn
The "Burn Tool" is part of a powerful
triad (Burn, Dodge, and Sponge) in the Toning Tool set. Keystroke
"o" will select or cycle through the 3 Toning tool choices.
They are all very intuitive for photographers familiar with darkroom
The Sponge works like a polycontrast filter. It
can add or reduce contrast in very localized areas. You can literally
dodge and burn different contrast grades into one image.
For the non-photographer among you, just try it.
It works wonders. For the retouching, use the "Burn Tool"
with the settings suggested in the samples shown below.
Toning Tool Options
Brush Size Selections
The framed picture above was already retouched.
The sample below shows the original flat lighting (lack of dimension) problem.
- Activate the Right Bevel layer.
- Burn the bottom corner area with burn
tool exposure set at 50%.
- The red marks in the center sample shows
the 3 burn locations.
The Final Tweak: Minor color and contrast
Enhance the color balance in the Art Layer
(Image > Adjust > Color Balance...).
- Select midtones.
- Set Cyan (+19).
- Set Magenta (unchanged).
- Set Yellow (-7)
Change brightness and contrast in the Art
Layer (Image > Adjust > Brightness/Contrast...).
- Brightness value to +7
- Contrast value to +8
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