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post Sep 15 2009, 02:26 PM
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OK, i don't normally write guides on art and give away my secrets. But this one can be done using a short cut, or some would call it cheating, but oh well. Here is a quick guide on how to make a GTAIV style painting on photoshop or paintshop pro. Both have the same or very similar tools so this should be really easy to follow. This task should take around 30-40 minutes. Difficulty - Medium.

1. First get a picture you would like to use. make sure it is sharp and clear, and a pretty decent resolution. Also note that the lighting of the picture plays a the main role in this process. So get a good angle with decent light. I have chosen this wax model of Al Pacino from scarface.



2. Now load up the picture in your program. For this i will use Paintshop Pro. And find the following tools. These will be the main tools you will be using. 1.[Dropper Tool] 2.[Paint Brush Tool] 3.[Smudge/Smear Tool].

3. Right, create a new layer above the first and then click on the dropper tool. Look at the image and see areas of skin which have very similar colours. Chose a colour and then select the paint brush tool to paint over the top of it.



4. Now you should have an area of skin which has been painted over. When the colour starts to change dramatically select the dropper tool again and select another area of skin to paint over.



5. By now you should have started to cover a lot of the face with colours that sort of match the colours of the persons face. To get into those smaller finer details, simply change the size of the brush to a much smaller tip.



6. Once you have completely covered the Face it should look something like this:

I'd advice you to save it at this point in-case you mess up.

7. Now select the Smudge or Smear tool (depending on what program you use). And then start to rub the colours together so they blend a little better and to give it a brush effect. And when you feel you've got it the way you want it stop smudging it.



8. Now on a new layer repeat the same thing from stage 3 to stage 7 for the hair so that the whole head is covered.



9. OK so you have to now duplicate both the skin layer and the hair layer. Now change the layer settings on both of them to Multiply. This will help give it a more rich tone and depth. Change the hair multiply layer to about 15% and the skin multiply layer to 45%.



10. Now save the .PSP/.PSD file one more time because we are going to merge all layers. Now using the freehand selection/lasso tool, you need to cut around the head to remove it from the background. CTRL-C to copy it. And make a new canvas and paste it to it. It should look like this:



If you've read this and not tried it, GO TRY IT NOW! It's pretty easy really, just takes a little bit of patience. I'm intrigued to see what people make from this tutorial!
Oh and the more time you spend on it the more detailed it will be. This was just an example and took me about 15 minutes, so i did rush it to be honest.

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post Sep 15 2009, 04:39 PM
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Wow, people still use paint show pro? Retro.


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post Sep 15 2009, 06:01 PM
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Wow, people still use paint show pro? Retro.


I use PSP8.


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post Sep 15 2009, 07:12 PM
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QUOTE (ViceMan @ Sep 15 2009, 07:01 PM) *
QUOTE (Benzilla @ Sep 15 2009, 05:39 PM) *
Wow, people still use paint show pro? Retro.


I use PSP8.



Yeah. It is owned by coral now. I still use PSP more than i use PS. I find it a little quicker to navigate.


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post Sep 15 2009, 07:14 PM
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I assume you used that effect for your sig as well?

I need to try that, maybe I'll incorporate it into a new sig sometime. If I ever get a decent photoshop.
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post Sep 15 2009, 07:34 PM
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post Sep 15 2009, 09:03 PM
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QUOTE (PS Fanboy @ Sep 15 2009, 08:14 PM) *
I assume you used that effect for your sig as well?

I need to try that, maybe I'll incorporate it into a new sig sometime. If I ever get a decent photoshop.



Yeah but spent more time on my sig. I added a lot more details around the eyes and hair.


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post Sep 16 2009, 01:26 AM
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QUOTE (DuPz0r @ Sep 15 2009, 10:03 PM) *
QUOTE (PS Fanboy @ Sep 15 2009, 08:14 PM) *
I assume you used that effect for your sig as well?

I need to try that, maybe I'll incorporate it into a new sig sometime. If I ever get a decent photoshop.



Yeah but spent more time on my sig. I added a lot more details around the eyes and hair.


Utilizing your technique and my technique I've created a fairly interesting mix.

Here



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post Sep 16 2009, 03:27 AM
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QUOTE (Tranque @ Sep 16 2009, 01:26 AM) *
QUOTE (DuPz0r @ Sep 15 2009, 10:03 PM) *
QUOTE (PS Fanboy @ Sep 15 2009, 08:14 PM) *
I assume you used that effect for your sig as well?

I need to try that, maybe I'll incorporate it into a new sig sometime. If I ever get a decent photoshop.



Yeah but spent more time on my sig. I added a lot more details around the eyes and hair.


Utilizing your technique and my technique I've created a fairly interesting mix.

Here




yours is a bit too real.

anyway, so i attempted to do Psy in GTA4 style ..

i'm working on something for the website, but i'm not using this because it is shit...
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post Sep 16 2009, 03:34 AM
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Alright thanks I'll make sure to tone it down a bit in the future

I think alternately yours needs a bit more detail. I think I'm going to go save a few gta4 art images and post it up here for comparison.

UPDATE:

here for comparison

*What I do may be a problem to his technique or it could compliment it but I leave the real photo in the background and I fiddle with the opacity of the layer I'm painting or adding effects to. I do also edit the layer below if smudge is needed or somesuch.

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post Sep 16 2009, 04:24 AM
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Which is more GTAish. (Yes I know Old Women aren't GTAish, but I was thinking of hove beach style old russian women heh biggrin.gif





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post Sep 16 2009, 05:58 AM
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^ I'm saying #2. still needs some work though.


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nice work there tranque...

thanks for this post, dup... i am seriously gonna try this with a photo of myself and see what happens... i got photoshop CS3 at work, i know it can do anything you can do biggrin.gif... but i'll admit, you can probably do more than i can do laugh.gif...

EDIT: i was thinking that watercolor, smudge, or palette filters would do the trick for GTA-esque portraits... didn't think about actually coloring it in... gosh, i'm an idiot!!

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You're undoubtedly one of the two, otherwise you would have better things to do than complain about the theme of a forum that doesn't care about anything you have to say.
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post Sep 16 2009, 08:35 AM
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Tranque, The idea is to make it look like a painting, so try not to blend in the photo too much, because it doesn't work so well. The third old lady looks best imo, so try working into that some more instead of going straight into another one. And don't use filters. Filters are an artists devil! With the exception of adjustments like sharpen, blur, brightness/contrast, colour, saturation, ect.


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I like one or two the best...

but i think that reducing the color count to like 20-30 colors then smudging them would achieve the same effect as what dupzor is doing with 1/2 the effort.. i'm not at my pc now so i can' try it ... but it seems like it would work.


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QUOTE (Qdeathstar @ Sep 16 2009, 04:01 PM) *
I like one or two the best...

but i think that reducing the color count to like 20-30 colors then smudging them would achieve the same effect as what dupzor is doing with 1/2 the effort.. i'm not at my pc now so i can' try it ... but it seems like it would work.



Yeah that is the main thing i still haven't gotten used to yet. Using less colours in my paintings. The GTA artwork has a lot less colour range, but it is executed much better, so you don't notice the lack of colour range as much.


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i did this by decreasing the colors to 16 then smoothing out the edges 20 minutes

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I didn't resize it, but if you look at it from about 30% zoom it looks pretty good.


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QUOTE (Massacre @ Sep 15 2009, 03:34 PM) *
Fanboy, you should make a GTA cover mock-up with AC's.

I should so do that. I need a photoshop program though, and one I don't need to pay $300 for.

If I get one I'll give DuP's strategy a try on some AC photos.
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QUOTE (PS Fanboy @ Sep 16 2009, 06:54 PM) *
QUOTE (Massacre @ Sep 15 2009, 03:34 PM) *
Fanboy, you should make a GTA cover mock-up with AC's.

I should so do that. I need a photoshop program though, and one I don't need to pay $300 for.

If I get one I'll give DuP's strategy a try on some AC photos.


Paint shop pro is like $80...


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