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Tue, 09 December 2003 18:06 Go to next message
testpilot (Photoshop begginer)
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barry_gray (Photoshop expert)
<http://www.trimoon.com/index.html>
Check out portrait and water color tuts
Wed, 10 December 2003 01:07 Go to previous messageGo to next message
CindySingleton (Advanced Photoshop user)
You could also check out <http://www.retouchpro.com> They have some photo to art forums that have good info.

~Cindy
Wed, 10 December 2003 16:44 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Andrew_Bokelman (Photoshop begginer)
In addition to what has already been mentioned, try
http://www.innographx.com/forum
Wed, 10 December 2003 20:49 Go to previous messageGo to next message
testpilot (Photoshop begginer)
Thanks Guys,
These are very good starters.

Mike R.
Thu, 11 December 2003 01:07 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Burton_Ogden (Photoshop expert)
Mike R.,

Here is another one:

<http://www.fo2pix.com/index.php>

-- Burton --
Thu, 11 December 2003 20:37 Go to previous messageGo to next message
testpilot (Photoshop begginer)
Burton,
Have you tried or used any of these programs? If so, what is your opinion?

Thanks
Mike R.
Fri, 12 December 2003 00:39 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Burton_Ogden (Photoshop expert)
Mike,

I tried demos of the original buZZ Pro plug-in for Photoshop and the standalone PhotoArt Master (they hadn't started numbering them yet) and I thought they were great way back then. The current versions are much better and I plan to buy them both, because I don't know of anything that is more inherently artistic.

The demo versions I tried were designed to quit working after a ridiculously small number of usages, though, and I really wasn't learning all they could do before they quit working and I was kind of miffed about that. The current demos also will quit working after too few usages, in my opinion. I think they should give you 30 days of unlimited use, because these things do have some learning curve to climb in order to get the most out of them. Believe me, they can help you turn out some great artwork from your photos.

But you can do some great artwork using just Photoshop's rich toolset. It is just a matter of learning the right Photoshop techniques. Check out this site for an example of really great art produced in Photoshop:

<http://www.reallyusefulpage.com/techniques/pen-ink.htm>

In addition to Photoshop and the FO2PIX stuff, Corel's Painter 8.1 has a fantastic set of tools to help you convert your photos to art, using many different classic art media as well as fantastic cyberart. And if you really want to go all out, you can combine the capabilities of all of these tools by moving your in-progress work from one application to another. But you should remain in control of the art and use these things as your tools. I strongly recommend that you download the manuals from the Support section of FO2PIX, because they have some great insight into the artistic aspect of guiding these tools to help you produce the kind of art that you like. I feel that I have a lot to learn about this, and I look forward to the journey.

-- Burton --
Fri, 12 December 2003 03:52 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Danny_Raphael (Photoshop expert)
Cindy:

Thx for the referral. :-)

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Mike:

In addition to dedicated software like Buzz, PhotoArtMaster and Corel Painter, which would result in more out of pocket expense if you acquired them, you might want to look into Photoshop actions that were written to transform photos into art.

Disclaimer: Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. One thing's for sure: Most of them are free.

<http://www.geocities.com/kafuensis/>

<http://homepages.slingshot.co.nz/~mikefinn/action.html>

~DannyR~
Fri, 12 December 2003 08:58 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Jake_Hannam (Photoshop expert)
There was also a Photoshop plugin called Deep Paint but I don't remember who made it or even if it is still available. It had many of the features of Painter but was a plugin instead of a standalone.

Jake
Fri, 12 December 2003 11:15 Go to previous messageGo to next message
BLUDVLZ (Photoshop expert)
Check out this link:
<http://www.fantasticmachines.com/html/paint_engine.htm>

It's for a Photoshop filter called Paint Engine. It's absolutely free (though it works only on PC), and gives you a pretty easy-to-use interface fore creating painterly effects.
Fri, 12 December 2003 21:28 Go to previous message
testpilot (Photoshop begginer)
Burton: Thanks for the solid advice. I have downloaded the program and manual. This seems to be very promising.
Danny: I read some of your article and comments on the "Retouch Forum"; very informative, insightful and useful.
Jake: I've heard of Deep Paint and will look into it.
BLUDVLZ: I've downloaded Paint Engine and will try it. I like free.
Barry, Cindy, and Andrew thanks again.

Thank you all for the great leads and links.

Gratefully,
Mike R.
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