Okay, friends. A couple of things before we get to the free stuff.
Thing 1: Sorry for not having blogged in a bit. I’m really inconsistent with blogging because I have a life. It sometimes gets in the way of spending tons of time in photoshop and on computers. And, unless there is something worthwhile for me to share, I just don’t feel the need to bore you all to death with the minutia of my day. There are super fascinating bloggers out there who are really great at sharing every single detail of their lives, I am just not one of them. I’m WAY, way too boring.
Thing 2: PROMISE ME that you will read the PLEASE NOTE and the PLEASE NOTE THIS TOO notes below. I’M WRITING THIS IN BIG, BOLD, BLACK LETTERS WHICH AUTOMATICALLY GIVES ME THE RIGHT TO NOT ANSWER YOU IF YOU EMAIL ME WITH A QUESTION WHICH IS CLEARLY ANSWERED BELOW. Got it? Good. If that sounds sassy, I’m really not meaning it to, I just want to be absolutely perfectly clear in order to keep my inbox manageable. I never mind answering questions, but I don’t like typing the same thing over and over again. If that sounded mean and you are offended in any way, read the next sentence. If not, feel free to proceed to the B&A, tutorial, & free action below.
(NEXT SENTENCE: SO SO seriously sorry if that sounded ugly in any way sweet photog friends! Love you! Hugs!! Big Cyber-niceties & LYLAS!! (Oh, and one more reminder, please make sure you read the bold notes below!!!) I mean that in the absolute nicest way possible! Hugs again! XOXO 🙂 )
Alrighty, moving on….
This is a simple little B&A&A which I think you’ll enjoy.
Pic 1: the Before. Pic 2: Ran my “Oil Painting Technique/Action” (Technique outlined a few posts back – Action is below.) Pic 3. Again, ran the “Oil Painting” Desaturated a tad, and added “Clouds” from my Gallery Collection in soft light.
Finally, you can download my “Oil Painting Action” action for free below. I think you’re going to love it (it’s been testing beautifully – you all should SEE some of the B&A’s people have sent me. Wowza!) and nobody has had any downloading issues, or other problems with it. The coolest feature? It won’t cost you even a penny. It was created & tested in CS5. Don’t know what other versions it will work with, but I’m pretty positive it won’t work with Elements. If anyone uses it in CS2,3, or 4 feel free to let me know in the comments.
PLEASE NOTE: You will need to make sure you are brushing on the proper mask (directions are included) on the last step (where you’ll be popping the eyes – this is totally optional.) In that one step, I accidentally left the brush on the image, not on the mask. Move it to the mask first. You may not even notice that part (only one of my testers did, and she’s got an eye like an eagle, which I love) and although I contemplated re-cutting, re-testing, and re-spending a whole bunch of time getting it completely foolproof & perfect by fixing that one teensy tiny thing, I just didn’t. So, you’re going to have to press that button yourself. It’s a free action, after all, so you can’t be too annoyed by it’s imperfection. That violates the karma of receiving something for free.
PLEASE NOTE THIS TOO: when painting the main effect off of your skin, I suggest using a brush set at 75% opacity. But, you can set it at 100% if the skin underneath looks too red. Use your judgement.
ONE MORE NOTE: Remember, this action was created and tested in Photoshop CS5. It won’t work with elements, and although it should work with other versions of CS, I can’t vouch for it’s compatibility. But, but, but you can still visit this post and learn the technique for yourself, step by step.
As always, comments are appreciated. Until next time, Enjoy! – PB