Radiant Girl: A Detailed Color Portrait

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Tutorial: AKVIS Sketch

Radiant Girl: A Detailed Color Portrait


The author of this tutorial is Alvaro Salazar Chacon. The tutorial was created using the AKVIS Sketch plugin in Adobe Photoshop.

With AKVIS Sketch you can create a wonderful color portrait with a lot of detail.

    Original Image Result

Follow these instructions:

  • Step 1. Choose a photograph and open it in Adobe Photoshop.

    Original Photo
    Original Photo
  • Step 2. Make two layer copies, call Filter -> Others -> High Pass from the menu, and set Radius to 4.8 pixels.

    Applying the High Pass Filter
    Applying the High Pass Filter
  • Step 3. Change the blending mode from Normal to Overlay, to highlight the most important details of the portrait, and merge the top layer with the layer below it.

    Working Layers Two Layers Merged
    "Layers" Palette

  • Step 4. Call the AKVIS Sketch plug-in Filter –> AKVIS –> Sketch from the menu.

    AKVIS Sketch Workspace
    AKVIS Sketch Workspace

    Make the necessary adjustments to the settings and press the button to apply the result.

    Result After Using AKVIS Sketch
    Result After Using AKVIS Sketch
  • Step 5. Use a white Brush to paint over extra strokes and defects, leaving only the important details of the image.

    Using the White Brush
    Using the White Brush

    After working on the face it will appear brighter:

    After Using the Brush
    After Using the Brush
  • Step 6. To equalize color brightness, apply a median noise filter Filter -> Noise -> Median with Radius set to 8 pixels.

    Applying the Median Filter
    Applying the Median Filter
  • Step 7. Then to this same layer apply an artistic posterizing filter Filter -> Artistic -> Poster Edges with the parameters set as shown:

    Applying the Median
    Applying the Poster Edges Filter
  • Step 8. Now repeat Step 6 with the same settings.

    Applying the Median Filter to the Posterized Image
    Applying the Median Filter to the Posterized Image
  • Step 9. Change the blending mode of the upper layer (drawing) from Normal to Color Burn and set Opacity to 80%.

    Then combine the layers, and if desired, increase the saturation of the image using Image -> Adjustments -> Hue/Saturation.

    We end up with a bright, stylized portrait:

    Portait of a Girl
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