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Re: Soft Pencil Sketch action on a portrait

Post by PietFrancke » Wed May 02, 2018 2:35 am

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Duck, I suspect you like what it does to your photo, but what do the ladies think about theirs? And what is "action?" Is it a software? Or steps in PS? Matt
Duck needs to answer more fully, but in short, if you hit a record button in photoshop, it can record actions that a human being takes. The recording of those photoshop steps is called an "action". These recordings can be saved and loaded (for repeated tasks for instance). These recordings can also be bought and loaded into PS.

For this action, Basically you have your Background image, create a layer above it, paint on it (to select the area you want to have "worked"), load the action and hit the play button. And then PS executes the steps in order. Almost as if PS was running in an automatic mode replicating steps that someone else created. So yes, it is all native PS.

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Post by Matt Quinn » Wed May 02, 2018 2:57 am

I think I'll pass. Maybe even pass out. Matt
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Post by Duck » Wed May 02, 2018 5:45 am

The easiest explanation is this, an Action is a preset for Photoshop that automates a series of steps. Kind of like presets in Lightroom that automates certain tasks.
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Post by Matt Quinn » Wed May 02, 2018 11:46 am

Duck wrote:
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The easiest explanation is this, an Action is a preset for Photoshop that automates a series of steps. Kind of like presets in Lightroom that automates certain tasks.
Thanks. Way above my pay grade. Matt
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Post by Duck » Wed May 02, 2018 7:02 pm

I had my camera out yesterday and took a shot of a war memorial statue in front of the Milford Town Hall. Here is a pencil sketch version and I am including the original image so you can see how I cleaned it up prior to the sketch action.

Unitas Photography-Milford War Memorial.jpg
Unitas Photography-Milford War Memorial before.jpg
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Post by Psjunkie » Wed May 02, 2018 7:26 pm

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Post by minniev » Wed May 02, 2018 10:02 pm

Duck wrote:
Wed May 02, 2018 7:02 pm
I had my camera out yesterday and took a shot of a war memorial statue in front of the Milford Town Hall. Here is a pencil sketch version and I am including the original image so you can see how I cleaned it up prior to the sketch action.


Unitas Photography-Milford War Memorial.jpg

Unitas Photography-Milford War Memorial before.jpg
That's pretty interesting. I've been fooling with some actions I've had. All of them had gotten corrupted somehow with the upgrades of PS, so I reinstalled them and got most of them working, but mine don't look near as good as yours. I don't think it's the actions so much as me not understanding how to make those initial selections. I understand how to tinker with the different components on the layers, but I'm not starting well.
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Post by Matt Quinn » Wed May 02, 2018 10:12 pm

Duck wrote:
Wed May 02, 2018 7:02 pm
I had my camera out yesterday and took a shot of a war memorial statue in front of the Milford Town Hall. Here is a pencil sketch version and I am including the original image so you can see how I cleaned it up prior to the sketch action.


Unitas Photography-Milford War Memorial.jpg

Unitas Photography-Milford War Memorial before.jpg
Duck, That is some pretty delightful fun. Matt
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Post by Duck » Thu May 03, 2018 12:51 am

Here's one I combined with a simple drawing of a duck's head as an accent piece. Add a little text and it's a nice commercial art piece.

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This one was created with a watercolor action, also from GraphicRiver.
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Post by PietFrancke » Thu May 03, 2018 1:09 am

Duck wrote:
Thu May 03, 2018 12:51 am
Here's one I combined with a simple drawing of a duck's head as an accent piece. Add a little text and it's a nice commercial art piece.


Unitas_Photography-Mallard.jpg
This one was created with a watercolor action, also from GraphicRiver.
Now That is a selfie I like! Great feeling of urgency and very dynamic.

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