A wild way to recover detail in Artistic Portrait Work
During the Topaz Labs Webinar on Tuesday I showed some techniques for making an artistic portrait. I must say that I had the most fun during that webinar than many in the past few months. I think it was nice to stray from my usual workflow and do something out of my normal element.
During the Artistic Portrait Webinar I showed several things:
- How to make a light appear under the threads of a shirt
- How to increase Tone and Color with Topaz Clarity
- How to do a Frequency Separation technique with Topaz Detail
- How to make interesting painted portraits using 2 Impression layers
- How to give the image a radiant glow with Topaz Glow
- How to retain all of the original detail in the photograph and apply it to the Artistic Portrait
- How to use Texture Effects to blend interesting backgrounds with the foreground
In this tutorial today I will focus strongly on item #6. I only had about 2 minutes to show this final step during the webinar so I wanted to touch on it in greater detail today. It is a powerful technique for Artistic Portraits but you can also use it for Landscape images that have been given the artistic painted appearance.
The basic premise is to make a High Pass texture sandwich:
- Save your base layer
- Duplicate the base layer
- Run a filter (I used Impression here) on the duplicate
- Duplicate your base layer again
- Move it to the top of the layers palette
- Change the blend mode to Linear Light
- Desaturate the Linear Light layer (CTRL+SHIFT+U, or CMD+Shift+U on Mac)
- Go to Filter – Other – High Pass
- Set the pixels to 3.0
- Adjust the Opacity to taste
- Mask out any unwanted detail effect
If you are more of a video person you can watch it all right here! Enjoy!