This brief tutorial by David Kelly explains how AKVIS Sketch was used in conjunction with Corel Paint Shop Pro to create a realistic looking color sketch from an existing photograph, with a blurred background.
The author writes: "Although this example was created with AKVIS Sketch plug-in used in conjunction with Corel Paint Shop Pro 9, similar results can be obtained with other compatible image editing software packages. Download the unrestricted AKVIS Sketch ten-day free trial and try Sketch out for yourself. You will not be disappointed!"
Note: AKVIS Sketch allows achieving such a result without a photo editor. Using the settings of the Background tab you can blur some parts of the image and imitate a blend of the original photo and the drawing. You can work with the standalone edition as well as with the plugin version.
Let's follow the steps David described:
- Blur type = Spin.
- Blur strength (%) = 21, plus Elliptical selected.
- Center: Horizontal offset (%) = 0, Vertical offset (%) = 0, Protect center (%) = 19.
Named and saved the radial blur settings as a preset then clicked OK to apply the radial blur effect to the image's background and to return to PSP9's workspace.
These adjustments produced the final parameter values seen below:
- Watercolor = 10,
- Charcoal = 2,
- Coloration = 100,
- Angle = 45,
- Stroke Thickness = 6,
- Min Length/Max Length = 3/10,
- Midtones Intensity = 1,
- Midtones Hatching = 4.