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Soft Contrast Sketch Techniques

soft contrast sketching

Some subjects deserve a gentler treatment, so here I applied Gaussian Blur to the middle Overlay layer. See original

Adjust the Overlay layers as shown in this dialog box:
Layer 1: Opacity: 60, Fill: 100
Layer 2: Opacity: 60, Fill: 100
Layer 3: Opacity: 60, Fill: 100

(click here for the results.)

Next: Stark Contrast

Stark Contrast

This shot, taken in crisp, winter light, was already high-contrast, so I applied Gaussian Blur to the middle Overlay layer. See original

Adjust the Overlay layers as shown in this dialog box:
Layer 1: Opacity: 60, Fill: 100
Layer 2: Opacity: 60, Fill: 100
Layer 3: Opacity: 60, Fill: 100

(click here for the results.)

Next: Brassed Off

Add a little BRASS

As an alternative, I applied the Emboss filter on the top layer. This produced a more textured finish. See original

Adjust the Overlay layers as shown in this dialog box:
Layer 1: Opacity: 60, Fill: 100
Layer 2: Opacity: 60, Fill: 100
Layer 3: Opacity: 60, Fill: 100

(click here for the results.)

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