My first novel The Portrait includes pictures as well as prose. In the gallery below includes all of the works excluding the cover itself.
Creating the Base – Part 6
Unfortunately, there are artefacts left over from the original photograph. Some of these have been circled in the image below and can be corrected using the Clone Tool.
From the Tools bar, select the Clone Tool.
This tool is useful for copying, moving or removing parts of the image. In this situation the Source and Target are the same, however this need not be the case.
To correct this error, right-mouse click near the offending artefact to select the Source. Be sure to select from an area that has similar characteristics (i.e. colour and tone) to blend.
Once the Source is selected, left-mouse click over the artefact to paint over the Target as shown.
Experiment with Brush Sizes and Source points until you get the desired results. Repeat this process for all other artefacts to get the following end-result.
Unfortunately, the ability to change the face on a whim is not an inherent feature Corel PaintShop Pro. The program that I used was FaceFilter3 by RealIllusion which came bundled with Corel PaintShop Pro X7 Ultimate Edition.
FaceFilter3 is a mixture of intuitive and black voodoo magic, enabling you to adjust any facial feature such as the location of the eyes, makeup and overall shape. After some fiddling I narrowed the face, shrank the nose and added definition for the eyes/lips.
For those who are adept at image manipulation and have a steady hand, you can use the Clone Tool; a complex process which involves trial and error. The completed base with facial reconstruction shows up as follows.
While the above forms the base for The Portrait’s cover, additional modifications are needed to make this a reality. Some of these changes are featured within the Digital Alchemy tutorial.
Creating the Base – Part 5
Now that we have an image that more closely resembles the reference image in terms of lightness, saturation and colour balance, we need to correct the perspective. This photograph was taken at a slight angle, skewing the shot.
Click on the Arrow besides the Straighten icon on the Tools Bar and select Perspective Correction. If Perspective Correction is already selected, then click to select.
This will switch the Icons and display an adjustable square area on the image. Move the corners of the box to match the inside of the picture frame, which serves as a reference to correct the Perspective.
You will probably need to zoom in to accurately fit the section within the frame. Once satisfied, click on Apply to get the result below.
To this point we have maintained the full image, meaning portrait’s frame and surrounding wall are still in the shot. Start by choosing the Selection Tool from the Tools Bar, as you have done with the Perspectives tool previously.
Select the same area used when the perspective was adjusted.
From the Image menu, select the Crop to Selection option.
Unlike previous menu adjustments this one has an immediate effect. Cropping of the image generates an image similar to the one below.
Creating the Base – Part 4
The image above lacks green when compared to the reference image and can be corrected by adjusting the Red/Green/Blue balance. From the Adjust menu select Color then Red/Green/Blue as shown below.
A new window will appear, enabling you to adjust the balance of Red, Green or Blue. By increasing the Red and Green balance by 10% achieved the desired result.
Once the adjustments are set, click on OK generating the following results.
Creating the Base – Part 3
Based on our reference, there seems to be residual colours that produce a purple hue, especially where her legs shift the fabric of her dress. This can be corrected by adjusting Hue and Saturation levels.
From the Adjust menu, select Hue and Saturation then Hue/Saturation/Lightness.
Saturation will either enhance or wash out colours. To get us closer to the reference image, Saturation and Hue were both reduced.
Replicate the settings shown above then click on the OK button to get the following result.