yes - about 8-bit, that was exactly the issue I had (finally figured it out). Thank you for this homework assignment, I will take a day or too and try to do a good job. You also were exactly right about the small detail issue (I think it crushed a lot of the pencil lines). Also I have to figure out how to do the "selection painting" a little better, with a variety of his brushes. I will follow your steps and share the results here. Thank you again!Duck wrote: ↑Mon Apr 30, 2018 3:56 pmWhen working with art media, an artist typically does not put in the small detailed nuances of texture, specially on a complex image with all the feather detail. Remember, limit on the small detail end is the size of the pencil point. Try giving the overall image a Smart Blur to reduce the minor detail and hopefully the colored pencil effect will come through better. Also try reducing the size of the image before applying the effect. Reducing a large image down to web viewing size often negates the detail of the pencil effect brushes because the brush textures get lost during the reduction if done after the fact.
One more point. The sample image of the vulture you presented isolates just one part (the head) of the bird without any additional distracting elements. Consider doing that with your flamingo. My suggestion; crop just above the head to just below the beak's shadow then from just behind the head to whatever aspect ratio out onto the wing. Size it to the actual size you want to post and then run the action. Try it with and without the blur and see which result is better.
P. S. I find most of these actions use the filter gallery for a lot of their effects. Your image must be in 8 bit for the filter gallery to work. If you've been having trouble getting an action to work look at that first.
I am really enjoying these actions, they are bringing me into a deeper PS comfort zone.