Do you remember the clipping masks in Photoshop? This hack is sort of like that.
Number one will be your bottom layer in Adobe Photoshop. 2, the second layer, and 3, the top layer.
Set layer 2 to Hard Light (or whatever works best with your image) under layer mode.
Set Layer 3 to Screen.
I didn't even take this through Corel Painter! It would be a fabulous prep file, but as is it's ready to print!
I gently retouched my image first in Adobe Photoshop CC 2022 using a Wacom Intuos Pro medium tablet and basic tools (healing brush, stamp, etc). The beauty of controlling outdoor light with a strobe typically means less retouching is required. I'm working in Adobe RGB 1998 in a 16 bit file as it's an old habit from printing days. If you're working from a RAW file, I highly recommend retouching in 16 bit.
I used the October Acids #21 for my middle layer as it seemed to give it a more painterly look (without having to paint the file). Setting the layer mode to Hard Light gave me the contrast and white point I liked. The layer mode may change depending on your file and what texture/background you choose. I was looking for something that would brighten it with more fleshy, lilac tones so it felt slightly like a watercolor AND to bring less attention to the sticks from the original file.
Here's how the October layer changed my portrait.
I selected the two of my favorite ALLA PRIMA ll textures, and meshed them together before bringing them over to this document. I also desaturated the layer completely as this works better. Some of the ALLA PRIMA have a blue, or warm tint to them, so if you run into hiccups, try desaturating the ALLA PRIMA layer. Notice how I'm trying to ensure the dark values are in the same place as my subject's face? Also notice how the brushwork at the top look like leaves? It's done on purpose.
And this happened!
Let's look at the layers in Adobe Photoshop CC 2022
Notice I layer masked out a little bit of her face in layer 2 (The October Acids).
Set the top Alla Prima layer to screen and BOOM!
If you'd like to add the October backgrounds to your toolbox click HERE.
If you'd like to add the ALLA PRIMA ll to your toolbox click HERE.
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