Pastel Drawing from a Photo

This is what we will be making

Desert rose pastel drawing

In order to do this tutorial you will need the following items:

Paint Shop Pro - You can get it here:
This zip file which contains mask 056.jpg and canvas.bmp.
Download the zip file, unzip it and place mask 056.jpg in the following folder:
My Documents>My PSP8 Files>Masks.
Place canvas.bmp in the Textures folder.

Note: I did not make this mask. I'm not positive, but I think I found it in a folder of "goodies" on the PSP7 Anniversary disk.

I came up with this effect in order to duplicate the look of a picture "painted" with Artists Pastels. If you've never seen a picture done using this medium, they typically have a very soft and pale look to them and the image details are very lightly defined. In testing this tutorial, I've discovered that it seems to work best on photographs with a brighly colored, central image and not much background. Personally I like it best on flowers, but I did try it out on a stock photo of a little boy. You can see the result and the original on the next page along with some of the results my tester Nina got..

If you need some flower photos to try this on, I have a collection of them here.

Blue divider with butterfly

Let's begin!

Preparation of image: **Very Important!**

1. Open up the image you want to transform into a Pastel drawing. Crop it if necessary, then resize it to between 400 and 500 pixels wide and 300 to 400 pixels high.

2. Go to your layer palette, right click on the background layer, and duplicate it 4 times.

3. Re-name the top layer Colored chalk, set the opacity to 60 and change the blend mode to Screen.
Re-name the second layer Charcoal, set the opacity to 50 and change the blend mode to Luminance (Legacy).
Re-name the third layer Erode edges, set the opacity to 70 and change the blend mode to Dissolve.
Re-name the fourth layer Edges-enhance more, leave the opacity at 100 and change the blend mode to Dodge or Darken (depending on which works best for your image).
Note: Your bottom layer is still named "Background".

Okay, your image is prepared. Now for the fun part!

4. Activate the Colored chalk layer, then go to Effects>Art Media Effects>Colored Chalk (what else? *?*). Set your Detail to 50 and your Opacity to 50.

5. Activate the Charcoal layer, go to Effects>Art Media Effects>Charcoal and set your Detail to 100 and your Opacity to 41.

6. Activate the Erode edges layer. Go to Effects>Edge Effects>Erode. Repeat once more.

Bet you know what's coming next, LOL....

7. Activate the Edges-enhance more layer. Go to Effects>Edge Effects>Enhance More.

Now right click on your layer palette and select Merge>Merge All (flatten).

8. Go to Adjust>Brightness and Contrast>Automatic Contrast Enhancement. These settings will depend a great deal on the image you're using. You only want to bump up the contrast a little bit. I've gotten good results using either neutral/normal/flat

Auto contrast Flat

or lighter/normal/flat

Auto Contrast light

9. Go to Adjust>Softness>Soft Focus. These are the settings I used:

Soft Focus settings

Again, these will vary depending on the photo you've chosen to work with.

10. Go to Adjust>Add/Remove Noise>Add Noise.

Noise settings

11. Add a new layer and flood fill it with the color of your choice. (I used White.) Then go to your layer palette and click on the Load Mask from Disk button.

Load mask button

When the mask browser comes up, find mask 056, check everything shown here, then click O.K.

Mask Browser

Right click on your layer palette and choose Merge>Merge All (Flatten).

12. Go to Effects>Texture Effects>Texture. These are the settings I used.

Texture dialogue

Your Floral Pastel is finished. Add a frame of your choice, or you can use my favorite, the basic studio frame. You can find the directions under "Frame" (near the bottom of the page) here .

BTW, this is a great effect to use for any of those photographs you've taken which are slightly blurry, but still too pretty to throw away.

Some nice examples are here:

Blue divider with butterfly

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

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This tutorial is my own creation, any similarity to any other tutorial on the Internet is unintentional. It is copyrighted by me, *~Nightshadow~*, on August 5, 2003, and is not to be copied or reproduced in any way under penalty of law. Graphics lists, please e-mail me for permission to post my tutorials, especially because I would love to see the results :O)

NOTE: Any image you make using this tutorial is completely your own property.


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