easy digital watercolor

Re: easy digital watercolor

Postby majid » Tue Feb 26, 2008 4:32 am

hi dear all
thanks to mirjman .
i tried your method , fixed bugs ( over hi contrast pics) and improved it . i tried it over pictures and also Pure SU output , good result , try this action ( full PS 8) no more outer filers . (remover rb extention , load from action panel in PS)
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Re: easy digital watercolor

Postby mirjman » Tue Feb 26, 2008 4:20 pm

i just ran your action straight through on the same photo see attached. it has a nice texture


i am going to study your action some more, but one thing you can try is setting the "paper brightness" on the color pencil filter very high
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Re: easy digital watercolor

Postby sintra » Tue Feb 26, 2008 9:04 pm

Hi,

Maybe this is me being a little dumb, but i dont have much experience with photoshop. :oops:

Could someone please tell me exactly where i need to extract the file to and exactly how it works, maybe a quick step by step.

Kind regards

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Re: easy digital watercolor

Postby mirjman » Tue Feb 26, 2008 9:20 pm

sintra: the step by step method =)

1. download majid's file to your computer, and rename the file to remove the ".rb" at the end

2. open photoshop, go to window>actions to bring up your actions palette

3. drag the .atn file that you downloaded onto this palette, the action will now show up on your list

4. open a target image, then highlight the action. push the triangle "play" button and its all automated after that
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Re: easy digital watercolor

Postby sintra » Tue Feb 26, 2008 9:49 pm

Thanks for that buddy, works great :D

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Re: easy digital watercolor

Postby majid » Wed Feb 27, 2008 12:27 am

did anyone tried the action? plz test it over SU pure output (not renders) . thanx again
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Re: easy digital watercolor

Postby Amfab » Mon Feb 09, 2009 8:02 am

Im new here, today actually, and kinda new to Sketchup. It is interesting that this topic is being discussed because I wasn't so happy with some renderings my Architect was doing…
I ended up kinda learning Sketchup over the last month or two to show her the angles I wanted for the renderings. She then did a rough rendering and I wasn't too happy with it so I learned some more Sketchup stuff and in the last day or so I started messing with my Sketchup output in Photoshop... I think Im kinda getting there.
Maybe you guys can add to what I have done, although I don't think that this is as good as some of the stuff I have seen here, (especially Ross’s stuff-wow) but it is all done with SU7 free and PSCS3
Here is what I’m doing:
I output three or four versions, changing styles each time.
I have been using the Sketchup "Sketchup Style builder competition winners" Styles included with the free version of SU7
"Pencil Edges With Whiteout Border. Created by Mark Paschke." Is the one I am using for this.
I output Tiffs:
One with no background, no sky, edges only (for top layer in PS)
One with Sky, Shaded, no edges (for middle layer in PS)
One with Sky, Shaded, with edges (for Bottom layer in PS)
I stack them in layers in Photoshop in the order mentioned above.
On the top I clear out the white so I have only black pencil, I sharpen it up a little
The middle one (the one with no edges) I apply the filter Artistic>Poster edges to generate a few large contrast-ey areas...
Then Noise>Median to smooth and blotch them out
Then if it needs more interest a little “paint daubs”–maybe I didn't use it on this one though.
Then I use diffuse glow on the bottom layer, with no graininess–this makes it pop–I so dig that filter–then I fade it back to a reasonable level after applying.

I mix the layers together, the bottom layer full strength, then somewhere near 30 percent for the middle layer, combining using “vivid light” helps the colors get that over-saturated watercolor color vibe.
I then just adjust the toplayers opacity to make the lines feel sharper.

Then I flatten the image and paint a bit by hand with Bit box’s watercolor brushes (no affiliation–and they are free)

http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/tribute ... downloads/

Anything that is very saturated I paint with the main color at maybe 15% transparency, using the “normal” setting. And I make sure to go outside the objects to get the color running on to other objects.
After I have done that I then run around with the brushes using multiply at 5-10%.
You have to choose different brushes at different sizes and edit them a lot to make it look random.

Anyway, I just thought I would put in my cent an a half

Attached is the watercolor experiment–I darkened up the jpeg because when I was converting the sky was getting washed out, PC gamma people let me know if it is too dark for you.


-Andrew
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Re: easy digital watercolor

Postby Amfab » Mon Feb 09, 2009 8:16 am

Jan, I just tried your paper, tak så mycket. And by the way using a picture of Sweden isn't fair, as the whole country looks like a watercolor to begin with.

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Re: easy digital watercolor

Postby Ecuadorian » Mon Feb 09, 2009 10:53 am

Oh, well, since the thread has just been revived, here's my try, using an action I found on the Web:
full.jpg

detalle.jpg


Of course, I did some manual preparations before applying the action (Resizing to about 1500px wide, whitening the border, applying Gaussian blur to the border and to several random spots)

And here's the action I found. The text file says it's OK to re-distribute as long as you keep it intact.
The documentation says it works better on images around 3000px in the biggest dimension, but I think it works equally nice on 1500px images.
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Re: easy digital watercolor

Postby Ecuadorian » Mon Feb 09, 2009 8:28 pm

Yet another try.
layered_watercolor.jpg


This time I applied the effect to a completely blurred version, and put it beneath the regular version. I made another copy of the regular version, and started to alter the curves of the bottom two layers, making them yellowish. I then used layer masks to hide all layers, and revealed them using Photoshop's wetmedia brushes and this brush collection:
http://fbrushes.com/2008/11/05/watercol ... shes-pack/

Here's how my layers look:
layers.jpg


A tip: When you use the brushes I linked to, instead of dragging the brush, just apply it in spots. If the brush borders become too distracting in certain parts, blur those parts. Remember that all this work is done in the layer Mask, not the layer itself.
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Re: easy digital watercolor

Postby Amfab » Tue Feb 10, 2009 10:36 pm

HA, I thought this was a recent thread, I read the year wrong, anyway, I messed with it some more and came up with this:
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Re: easy digital watercolor

Postby majid » Mon Feb 16, 2009 3:05 pm

nice job u did. I've done some recent experiences and soon will share them ;) . but in short :u can have more/less lost-fond edges (depending on suject) in your render.. and also color variations tahat makes yr job more like watercolor job.
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Re: easy digital watercolor

Postby majid » Sat Aug 01, 2009 5:40 pm

just to inform you about my refiend trick, not as an action , but using SU+Ps, soon would be published,
here is a sample:
bottom_second_top6.jpg
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Re: easy digital watercolor

Postby MALAISE » Sat Aug 01, 2009 6:34 pm

Magic ! Majid , i like this effect really;

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Re: easy digital watercolor

Postby majid » Sat Aug 01, 2009 7:54 pm

Thanks MALAISE ! :) .we hada good discussion here and learned alot from each other, and now after a while the refined simplified trick is ready. I've tried to do the "smart" part by human, so that the Photoshop does it's "fool"ish job, excellent!!!!.
also I've tested the trick over several 3dwh models, all were acceptable and so guess it will rock!!!
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Re: easy digital watercolor

Postby utiler » Sat Aug 01, 2009 11:53 pm

look forward to it majid!!! :berserk:
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Re: easy digital watercolor

Postby Coronel » Sun Aug 02, 2009 2:06 pm

Great work

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Re: easy digital watercolor

Postby majid » Mon Sep 21, 2009 5:32 pm

recently I progressed a simple tricky NPR way , you can read about it here:
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Re: easy digital watercolor

Postby valerostudio » Thu Mar 31, 2011 4:43 pm

What ever happened with Moxi? I Googled it but found nothing.
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Re: easy digital watercolor

Postby Pixero » Fri Apr 01, 2011 4:35 pm

valerostudio wrote:What ever happened with Moxi? I Googled it but found nothing.

Apparently not much. Adobe licensed it I know but I havent seen anything yet.
The guy behind Moxi (Nelson Chu) has been seen in a Microsoft video featuring "project Gustav", a painting application in development.
The images show tools like oilpaint so I don't know if there will be any watercolour tool in it. We can just hope...
http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/projects/gustav/
Still it looks cool.
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Re: easy digital watercolor

Postby Pixero » Fri Apr 01, 2011 5:02 pm

After some more Googling I found that it has gotten a real name and site: http://www.microsoftdigitalart.com/index.html
Doesn't appear to have watercolour though... :(
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Re: easy digital watercolor

Postby Ecuadorian » Wed Apr 13, 2011 8:59 pm

I guess there's no chance of it becoming an iPad app. ;)
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Re: easy digital watercolor

Postby ramsy_libra » Sun Sep 11, 2011 2:37 am

Thank you so much for giving a step by step instructions!the results were mindblowing!!!!!thanx!
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