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DuPz0r
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.
Benzilla
Wow, people still use paint show pro? Retro.
ViceMan
QUOTE (Benzilla @ Sep 15 2009, 05:39 PM) *
Wow, people still use paint show pro? Retro.


I use PSP8.
DuPz0r
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.
Ex-PS Fanboy
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.
Massacre
Fanboy, you should make a GTA cover mock-up with AC's.
DuPz0r
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.
Tranque
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

Qdeathstar
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...
Click to view attachment
Tranque
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.
Tranque
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



TreeFitty
^ I'm saying #2. still needs some work though.
bOnEs
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!!
DuPz0r
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.
Qdeathstar
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.
DuPz0r
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.
Qdeathstar
i did this by decreasing the colors to 16 then smoothing out the edges 20 minutes

Click to view attachment

I didn't resize it, but if you look at it from about 30% zoom it looks pretty good.
Ex-PS Fanboy
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.
Massacre
^ Try downloading The Gimp. It sucks, but it's free.
Qdeathstar
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...
DuPz0r
QUOTE (Qdeathstar @ Sep 16 2009, 08:46 PM) *
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...



And it is AS good as photoshop. I have about 8 years experience in both, so i know.
Ex-PS Fanboy
I heard from someone I can torrent it for free. But I assume that is illegal?
Massacre
Well, yeah.
Caliph
Excellent idea, thanks for starting this topic. smile.gif
ConQueSteD
I'll try this as soon as my laptop comes back, thanks.
DiO
Looks awesome. The less detailed one looks more like a painting.
Benzilla

QUOTE
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...
Click to view attachment


Am I the only one who finds the image hilarious?
ConQueSteD
QUOTE (Benzilla @ Sep 18 2009, 10:16 AM) *
QUOTE
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...
Click to view attachment


Am I the only one who finds the image hilarious?


i lol'd so hard.
DuPz0r
QUOTE (ConQueSteD @ Sep 18 2009, 04:43 PM) *
QUOTE (Benzilla @ Sep 18 2009, 10:16 AM) *
QUOTE
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...
Click to view attachment


Am I the only one who finds the image hilarious?


i lol'd so hard.



Yea, was pretty funny actually. What happened to his eye sockets?
ConQueSteD
am i the only one to notice his nose is fucked to hell?
Qdeathstar
QUOTE (DuPz0r @ Sep 18 2009, 07:59 PM) *
QUOTE (ConQueSteD @ Sep 18 2009, 04:43 PM) *
QUOTE (Benzilla @ Sep 18 2009, 10:16 AM) *
QUOTE
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...
Click to view attachment


Am I the only one who finds the image hilarious?


i lol'd so hard.



Yea, was pretty funny actually. What happened to his eye sockets?


he got punched in both his eyes....

QUOTE (ConQueSteD @ Sep 18 2009, 08:26 PM) *
am i the only one to notice his nose is fucked to hell?


thats how British people look.
DuPz0r
QUOTE (Qdeathstar @ Sep 19 2009, 02:11 PM) *
QUOTE (DuPz0r @ Sep 18 2009, 07:59 PM) *
QUOTE (ConQueSteD @ Sep 18 2009, 04:43 PM) *
QUOTE (Benzilla @ Sep 18 2009, 10:16 AM) *
QUOTE
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...
Click to view attachment


Am I the only one who finds the image hilarious?


i lol'd so hard.



Yea, was pretty funny actually. What happened to his eye sockets?


he got punched in both his eyes....

QUOTE (ConQueSteD @ Sep 18 2009, 08:26 PM) *
am i the only one to notice his nose is fucked to hell?


thats how British people look.



lol. And all Americans have long blond Abba hair and a Steve Austin goatee!
DiO
QUOTE (DuPz0r @ Sep 19 2009, 12:45 PM) *
QUOTE (Qdeathstar @ Sep 19 2009, 02:11 PM) *
QUOTE (DuPz0r @ Sep 18 2009, 07:59 PM) *
QUOTE (ConQueSteD @ Sep 18 2009, 04:43 PM) *
QUOTE (Benzilla @ Sep 18 2009, 10:16 AM) *
QUOTE
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...
Click to view attachment


Am I the only one who finds the image hilarious?


i lol'd so hard.



Yea, was pretty funny actually. What happened to his eye sockets?


he got punched in both his eyes....

QUOTE (ConQueSteD @ Sep 18 2009, 08:26 PM) *
am i the only one to notice his nose is fucked to hell?


thats how British people look.



lol. And all Americans have long blond Abba hair and a Steve Austin goatee!



I'm Canadain..... mellow.gif
Benzilla
QUOTE (QD-O @ Sep 19 2009, 11:37 PM) *
QUOTE (DuPz0r @ Sep 19 2009, 12:45 PM) *
QUOTE (Qdeathstar @ Sep 19 2009, 02:11 PM) *
QUOTE (DuPz0r @ Sep 18 2009, 07:59 PM) *
QUOTE (ConQueSteD @ Sep 18 2009, 04:43 PM) *
QUOTE (Benzilla @ Sep 18 2009, 10:16 AM) *
QUOTE
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...
Click to view attachment


Am I the only one who finds the image hilarious?


i lol'd so hard.



Yea, was pretty funny actually. What happened to his eye sockets?


he got punched in both his eyes....

QUOTE (ConQueSteD @ Sep 18 2009, 08:26 PM) *
am i the only one to notice his nose is fucked to hell?


thats how British people look.



lol. And all Americans have long blond Abba hair and a Steve Austin goatee!



I'm Canadain..... mellow.gif


Fail.









On topic: ... uhhh.... 9/10? I dunno. What? OK.
DiO
QUOTE (Benzilla @ Sep 19 2009, 07:40 PM) *
QUOTE (QD-O @ Sep 19 2009, 11:37 PM) *
QUOTE (DuPz0r @ Sep 19 2009, 12:45 PM) *
QUOTE (Qdeathstar @ Sep 19 2009, 02:11 PM) *
QUOTE (DuPz0r @ Sep 18 2009, 07:59 PM) *
QUOTE (ConQueSteD @ Sep 18 2009, 04:43 PM) *
QUOTE (Benzilla @ Sep 18 2009, 10:16 AM) *
QUOTE
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...
Click to view attachment


Am I the only one who finds the image hilarious?


i lol'd so hard.



Yea, was pretty funny actually. What happened to his eye sockets?


he got punched in both his eyes....

QUOTE (ConQueSteD @ Sep 18 2009, 08:26 PM) *
am i the only one to notice his nose is fucked to hell?


thats how British people look.



lol. And all Americans have long blond Abba hair and a Steve Austin goatee!



I'm Canadain..... mellow.gif


Fail.









On topic: ... uhhh.... 9/10? I dunno. What? OK.


Dude, I DO have long blond hair and a goatee. YOU FAIL!


I might seriously try this though.
Massacre
QUOTE (QD-O @ Sep 19 2009, 07:52 PM) *
Dude, I DO have long blond hair and a goatee. YOU FAIL!

He was talking about QD...
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