Mary N C. Taitt 1/5/2007 9:41:44 AM

OK, here are the originals, I hope.

The original original unedited and a crop, saturated and over sharpened. #583041

Judy A. Lawhon 1/5/2007 10:22:09 AM

Terrific work, Mary....Arthur is soooo pretty! #3784657

Mary N C. Taitt 1/5/2007 10:46:47 AM

Thanks so much, Judy! :-D #3784739

Jeff Robinson 1/5/2007 11:06:50 AM

Great job Mary!! Jeff #3784792

Mary N C. Taitt 1/5/2007 11:38:47 AM

Thanks so much, Jeff! :-D #3784860

Jim Huffield 1/5/2007 1:01:09 PM

All very lovely, Mary. Jim #3785084

Vladan D. Djordjevic 1/5/2007 2:28:56 PM

So cute bird! Lovely effects, color! #3785355

Kate Jackson 1/5/2007 2:43:02 PM

What a pretty boy! Looks like a painting! Which I guess it is! #3785380

Husain Akhtar 1/6/2007 2:42:51 AM

Excellent work, Mary! #3786915

Candice C. Calhoun 1/6/2007 10:39:50 AM

Arthur is one handsome dude! Love the painterly presentation!

ccc #3788473

Amalia Sylvia Arriaga Salinas 1/6/2007 10:45:59 AM

Wonderful work Mary!,
Amalia #3788496

Mary N C. Taitt 1/6/2007 4:23:45 PM

Thanks very much Jim, Vladen, Kate, MH, Candice and Amalia for your very kind comments.

Someone wrote and asked my how I did this, so in brief, here is a tutorial:

Smudge tool Tutorial “simplified” by Mary (after some of the others.)

I can tell you how to do smudge tool painting on Photoshop--it is easy but time consuming.

1)take a photo that you would like to transform into a "painting"--choose one that will look nice when painted and is not too complicated.

2)Make all the adjustments necessary to make it look as good as possible--increase the contrast and saturation a little, and sharpen it. If you need help with this, let me know.

3)increase the size of the picture if necessary. Also, adding some noise makes the brush strokes more visible but takes more time to clean up afterwards. Let me know if you need help with these steps.

4)Then, using the smudge tool, set at a brush size of 10 (or whatever works) and a strength of 40, brush as if you were painting the picture. To make it look right, you have to do the whole picture which takes a LONG time.

You can set the brush to darken or lighten to emphasize various parts and make them show up better and change the brush size to fit smaller or larger areas.

For a longer and more detailed tutorial, look here: Beagle Smudge tool Tutorial by Scott Deardorff

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I will hopefully include orginals.

for Kate, Val, Photique.

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