Sorry for the delay in releasing the rest of the series on the making of a photodoodle – we had a day-long power outage on Wednesday, and I had to help some friends with their 98 year old mom on Friday.
Thursday I take total responsibility for.
Anyway, to continue.
Now we get to the fun part – deciding which special effects to apply to the picture. There are lots and lots to choose from but in this case I am going to concentrate on my “go to” effect of “Oilify”.
Oilify gives the effect of an oil painting. Here’s what a picture looks like with the default settings of Oilify –
Personally I seldom use the default setting because I think it leaves the picture too photorealistic. It also does funky things with the blown out sections, as you can see.
My preference is to crank everything on Oilify up to its maximum first, and then scale back as needed.
Now this is too much – the eyes are deemphasized and the blown-out portions of the picture have consumed vast areas of the face. Time to scale it back a little.
This one has the mask size dialed back to 20 (from 50 in the previous). Eyes have improved a lot, though there is still too much white.
After a lot of fiddling around with the various settings, I finally decide on this –
(Mask size=14, exponent=2, mask size, exponent maps active, intensity algorithm not used)
It’s a bit more soft focus and photorealistic than I would like, but the big soft eyes come out, well, big and soft, and the white areas aren’t so prominent.
I could leave it like this – it’s a perfectly nice photodoodle after all – but I am still a bit concerned that it is too photorealistic, so next I try a few effects that might make it less so.
Cartoon – I don’t generally want my phtodoodles to look cartoony, but I do like the way the cartoon filter shades the piece.
GIMPressionist can give a wide variety of effects –
Ultimately for this piece, however, I decide I am just going to sharpen it a bit so that the “brush strokes” come out a bit more clearly.
There we go! All ready for black velvet! (Well, almost). Big soulful eyes still there, not too much white, and not too photorealistic.