Technique #8

Faux Pencil Effect developed by Tom Caldwell, Coff Harbour, Australia.

Basically Tom’s method involves desaturating the image, then adjusting brightness/contrast to +150 to remove image detail, then processing the image with Lucis Pro 6 to bring some detail/graininess back. Finally you clean up the faux-pencil image using Photoshop (dodging, burning and/or erasing). Tom also provided a second method that I prefer. Before you adjust the brightness of the image to +150 you process the image with Lucis to increase the detail. Examples of this variation are shown after the first example. I also created this as a Photoshop Action called Technique 8. After running the action, use level adjust on the topmost layer (labeled level adjust) to get the best contrast.

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1. Original Image by Tom Caldwell. Carol Furtado, Lead Female Dancer, "Merchants of Bollywood" Dance Spectacular.

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2. Desaturated Image. Use Image > Adjust > Desaturate in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements to create this image.

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3. Adjust the brightness of the image to remove detail. Select Image then Adjust then Brightness/Contrast. Move the Brightness slider to +150 and click OK. Note that if you are working with an underexposed image you may have to adjust the brightness a second time to remove enough detail.

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4. Process the image with Lucis to increase detail. Also use the Mix Slider soften the Lucis image if preferred. In this case the the Smooth Detail slider was set to 1 and the Enhance Detail slider was moved to 101, and the Mix slider was moved to 80% Lucis image/20% original image.

5.The final image is shown to the right. The image was cropped and cleaned up use dodge, burn and the eraser tool in Photoshop. A high-resolution version of this image is not available.

The next image example I desatured the image, processed the image with Lucis Pro 6 first to increase detail, adjusted the brightness to +150 and finally processed the image with Lucis again. This method typically brings out too many flaws/shadows for people so I used this method on images without people. Click on any image to see a high-resolution version.

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6. Original Image. High resolution version is 3.3 MB.

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7. Desaturated Image. High resolution version is 2.6 MB.

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8. Processed the image with Lucis, the Smooth Detail slider set to 1 and the Enhance Detail slider set to 51, and the Mix With Original Image slider moved to 50%. High resolution version is 4.2 MB.

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9. Adjusted brightness to +150 to remove image detail. High resolution version is 3.1 MB.

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10. Processed the image with Lucis a second time, the Smooth Detail slider set to 1 and the Enhance Detail slider set to 101, and the Mix With Original Image slider moved to 80% Processed/20% Original. I did not do any cleanup on this image except use level Adjust in Photoshop. It was not until I created this image that I noticed the plane to the left of the lighthouse.

Below is another example where I followed the same procedure. I did not do any cleanup except adjust the contrast using Level Adjust in Photoshop.

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