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Image of a Ferris WheelJust a quick blog this week. Decided to show the results of a rather fun inexpensive action I bought recently. This ferris wheel image taken in Savannah, Georgia a while back and was one was my first attempts using the Mix Art Sketch (SS-MixArt) action. I have to admit it takes probably 10 minutes for my rather older computer to run the whole action, but afterwards there were lots of options that can be adjusted to get the sketch-like effect. Overall I love this action. It is compatible with CS3 and on. I added my own Corel Painter texture to the above image and used some of Kyle T. Webster’s wonderful Watercolor Brushes on separate layers on top to add some additional solid wash colors and splatters. Kyle may have the best Photoshop watercolor brushes around!


Image of Growing Tomatoes on Epcot's The Land rideI am still learning how to modify the different layers and layer masks to get the results I like. There are 9 layer groups that can be used on your image (Background Set, Background Elements, Main Focus, Engraving, Brushed Strokes, Paint Splash, Textures, Contrast Adjustments, and Color Adjustments). If you decide you like the group effect on the image, you can go in and adjust the individual layer opacities and blend modes, or change the adjustment layer opacities to get a more exact effect. The tomato image used all but the Paint Splash group – instead two layers of Kyle T. Webster’s Real Watercolor Spatter Dense brush (my very favorite spatter brush) were added onto the image to give a more painterly effect. I also like the Texture Group’s half-tone pattern that can be added in the image.


Image of some kids watching waves at Daytona BeachI call this image “Wave Watching” and it was taken on Daytona Beach, Florida. This same action was used. Just a lot of fiddling around with the different layer opacities and layer masks to get the effect I wanted. Some clean up was done on a separate layer. A Black and White Adjustment Layer set to Luminosity blend mode was added to get the exact color needed. A few more spatters using Kyle’s Real Watercolor Spatter brush on a separate top layer gave a little more texture to the water.


Image of people eating at a cafe in Edinburgh, ScotlandJust another example of what can be done with this action using the same steps. Image taken in Edinburgh, Scotland on a warm day.

If you want a the sketch look on an image, this might be a nice inexpensive choice for getting the effect. The action cost me $5.00 and it is one of the most extensive actions I have ever used. I think it is an effect that would look really nice on personal cards, especially if you have cute kids to add. See you next week!…..Digital Lady Syd

Digital Lady Syd’s Related Blogs:
Digital Lady Syd Reviews Akvis Sketch Plug-in for Photoshop
How To Get Painting Effects from Actions-Part 2

6 responses

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  2. Great works. Love the sketch-like effect on the ferris wheel and different opacity on the tomato picture.

    09/20/2015 at 12:44 pm

    • Thanks Inese – I really like some of the sketch effects on images.

      09/20/2015 at 4:05 pm

  3. Off to check it out!
    I just love the ferris wheel, Syd.

    09/20/2015 at 3:13 pm

    • Thanks Lisa. Wish I could have taken pictures from the Ferris Wheel – got to do this some time!

      09/20/2015 at 4:04 pm

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