I have been following your steps and website for sometime now and interested in understanding your method in detail. I have a few questions regarding the image conversion for portraits and tracings using a projector .
I am a beginner with oil paintings and I would be very glad if you could please help me out with some of my questions !
I donot understand the FIRST STEP of raising the OUTPUT to 40 In PHOTOSHOP as it makes my image look flat and it seems it lacks the OVERALL CONTRAST after I do this ...
Hi Andrew After you have raised the level output to 40 the image on the screen will look flat since you are not using the full color space of rgb(well actually of the screen) but are now looking at an image with the color range of artist oil colours which is smaller.
There are a new feature in PaintMaker so you do not have to raise the output level to 40 before you use the colour mixer. The program does it automaticly when you load an image. You can deselect the adjustment next to the image.
The image are shown with the rgb colour space so the image will keep looking as before the adjustment.
There are many things you can do. If the image looks flat you can ad contrast. When adding contrast you have to bring the saturation down to match the amount of colour you had.
Another thing you can do is to adjust the mid tone level by sliding the little triangle in the levels panel. You can do that without getting the image out of the rgb colour range.
If you have adjusted your image to the paint's colour range raising the level output to 40 and then add contrast you have to check the level output again and raise it by the difference that has come after adding contrast. Remember to merge the image layer with the adjustment layers before you measure the black again.
what it matters is the painted picture to be as close as possible to the original image, not to the flat 38/255 image. Although, in order to achieve that, you have to you create your recipes from the flat (38/255) image. Am i getting it right?
PaintMaker has the adjust function built in now so you do not need to adjust your image before you load it into PaintMaker. The adjust level in PaintMaker is set to a default value where rgb 0,0,0 equals the black pigment of the chosen paint set. So if you leave the adjust level at its default you will get a painting that is very close to the original image. I hope this answered your question. All the best Christian