Peter Newman  

Painted Tulip by Peter Newman

June 2020 - Painted Tulip

June 2020 - Peter Newman


About the Image(s)

The original is a cropped version, shot from a low angle:
In PS I made color adjustments by changing the purple tint to 50% gray, with levels. I switched to LAB mode because I find it easier to use a curves adjustment to change, color, tonality, and brightness, with that ne tool. Back to RGB, I added some texture in selected areas. Saved the fie, opened it in Corel Painter, after playing with my options, I did a partial auto-paint, and then touchups by hand. Opened the Painter file in PS as a layer to my original, played with selective painting on the mask, so that some of the original showed through the painter layer. Because I let the image tell me what to do, it would be almost impossible to get the same image by repeating the process.

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9 comments posted

Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Unfortunately, the wrong image was posted. The description was correct. I sent Joan the wrong images. The correct final image is below:

  Posted: 06/08/2020 19:53:11
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Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Here is the original:

  Posted: 06/08/2020 19:54:15
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Charles Ayars   Charles Ayars
Peter, I am not familiar with Corel Painter but I certainly like the effect. Can you tell me more about the program? The changes you made to the original add drama and emotion. Taking the picture from a very low vantage point also add significant interest. A bug's eye view so to speak. :-)
PS the single tulip is also very striking.   Posted: 06/09/2020 18:43:50
Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Corel produces three versions of Painter, which I listed with the highest priced one first: Painter; Painter Essentials, and Particle Shop. All will support PDF & tif, but only in 8 bit mode. All work best with a Wacom tablet, but will also work with a mouse. (my tablet died after twenty years, so the posted image was done with a mouse.)

A short overall summary is below:
Particle Shop is really nothing more than a set of flexible brushes. Essentials is a lightweight version of Painter which works fine for digitally painting photos, as well as for creating digital art. Both of the latter have an automatic painting mode which lets you preselect the type of look you want, e.g. # of strokes, length of stroke, etc. The full version has a lot more flexibility, and is designed primarily for digital art, and has a much steeper learning curve and price. Painter is over $400, Essentials about $50.00. 30 day trial versions are available from Corel.

I used Essentials, for the image, and my workflow is summarized above. BTW: Even though I have all three products, I only update Painter every two or three years. Periodically, Corel has a limited time sales price, and legitimate discounts are available.
  Posted: 06/12/2020 16:32:05
Peter Newman   Peter Newman
I should add: the the background for the image I put up in error, took me several hours in PS. I am one of those nuts who likes to make their own textures.   Posted: 06/12/2020 16:36:27

Brian Swinyard   Brian Swinyard
Peter, Your low viewpoint has provided the perfect angle to create a visually dynamic picture with immediate impact. I like the way that you have used Coral Essentials to produce an image that has an artistic, painterly feeling to it. This works very well. The range of saturated blobs of colour lets the mind wander. A small nitpick if I may but I find the area of lime-green in the top right hand corner a little distracting and which draws the eye. Perhaps it could be toned down a touch.   Posted: 06/18/2020 14:29:33

Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Thank you. I am playing with a correction, while learning the new interface for ACR.

  Posted: 06/19/2020 19:00:57

Joan Field   Joan Field
Sorry to be so slow. I' m very glad you posted the correct images for this month. Don't know where I got the one I posted. Anyway, and, fortunately. your posted images can be blown up to full size, which works just fine. I like both of them. The work you did to make the tulips more artistic may be a little over the top for me. I think that a little less painterly quality might work better. This is a matter of preference. The colors are great and I like that you got rid of the bright area on the original image. I sounds like you went to a lot of work., Painter is not an easy program to use, so I commend your knowledge of it.   Posted: 06/26/2020 16:44:16

Steve Wessing   Steve Wessing
I love your original photo. Your creative use of low angle and unusual lighting have produced a memorable result with a colorful but mundane subject.
While your new image achieves the desired painterly result, it is by comparison, less aesthetically pleasant than the original.   Posted: 06/30/2020 22:06:15