Wild Beast of Prey: a Watercolor Image out of a Wolf Photo
 

 
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Tutorial: AKVIS Sketch

Wild Beast of Prey: Creating a Watercolor of a Wolf

 

The author of the tutorial is Alexey Pasko. The example is created in Adobe Photoshop CS.
Source image Result
Source image Result

The description is given by the author himself.

 

I wanted to know how the AKVIS Sketch plug-in would handle fur, that is why I chose a photo of a wolf.

The color photo of a wolf
  • Step 1. I blurred the copy of the original layer with Gaussian Blur filter at Radius = 1 pixel.

    Then I applied AKVIS Sketch with the following settings: Watercolor = 0, Charcoal = 0, Coloration = 0, Angle = 45, Stroke Thickness = 9, Minimum/Maximum Length = 3/10, Midtones Intensity = 3, Midtones Hatching = 100.

    Pencil drawing

    If I hadn't blurred the wolf before applying AKVIS Sketch, it would have looked like a hedgehog.

  • Step 2. Then I copied the original layer again and blurred it at radius 0.7 px. Then I applied AKVIS Sketch plug-in with default settings. This time I got sharper strokes.
    Pencil drawing with default settings
  • Step 3. Then I used Clone Stamp to clone some parts from the image I got in Step 2 into the image I got in Step1. In the process I used a 10-30 px soft brush with transparency ranging from 90 to 100%.
    Pencil drawing
  • Step 4. I added a Curves Adjustment layer to the very top of the Layers palette to lighten the image and slightly increase the contrast.
    Curves dialogue window
  • Step 5. Using Sharpen tool with Strength=20% I increased sharpness in certain areas of the image (eyes, nose etc.).
    The drawing after local increases of sharpness
  • Step 6. Then I changed the blend mode of this layer onto the original layer from Normal to Overlay.
    Watercolor of a wolf
    Click the image to open its larger copy in a new window

    This example is rather simple but there is an infinite number of variants. I liked this one - it reminds me of watercolor.

 
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