Help needed please…

I love painting street scenes, however because I’m absolutely hopeless at drawing and especially “perspective” I needed to find a creative way to overcome my lack of talent. With this in mind I decided to cheat and with the aid of Photoshop created an outline picture from one of my favourite photographs which I could then print off and paint using water colours or acrylics. The only problem is I now can’t remember how I achieved this and I want to create more templates to paint!

After hours spent fiddling with Photoshop while cursing my stupidity as I tried various techniques, you can imagine my frustration.

So I’m appealing to all my followers and anyone who happens to drop by my blog out of curiosity…is there anyone out there in “CyberSpace” who is a “Photoshop Guru” who can help me or can anyone recommend a free photo management programme I can download which gives the same results?

Before

Now paint it!

Now paint it!

After

A side street in Lagos, Western Algarve

A sidestreet in Lagos, Western Algarve

If you would like to paint this picture you are more than welcome to use the photo and template.

UPDATE
YAY! I’ve done it! Thanks for everyones input and encouragement!
The link below provides easy to follow Photoshop tutorials just right for techno-muppets like me!
www.lunacore.com/photoshop/tutorials/tut011.htm

I followed most of the instructions. However, to lighten the picture for painting I used:
Image tab, then selected Adjustments then Brightness/Contrast

BEFORE

Colourful boats

Colourful boats

AFTER

I made the outline detail far lighter on this picture as I’m using it as a guide only.

Line drawing and ready to paint!

Line drawing and ready to paint!

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44 responses to “Help needed please…

  1. Chubby Chatterbox

    I wish I could help but I only know how to paint the old-fashioned way, with paint and brushes. I hope someone can help you out.

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  2. Sadly, I can’t help you. What a cool effect, however! I didn’t know one could such things! Hope help arrives soon! 🙂

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  3. Saw your post title and rushed over, but I’m definitely not one who can help. But I would say this: whenever I don’t know something I jump on Google (or the search engine of your choice) and start typing in different ways to ask for what I want. I’m betting someone has already posted an instructional video on YouTube as I often find basic technical computer help there. You might try YouTube first. Good luck, it sounds likes a great concept to know and share!

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    • Hi Linda,
      I never thought of looking on Google! Just had a quick look and the results, once I’d worked our the search term, are encouraging! I can’t believe I’ve forgotten how to create a line only image. Duh!

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  4. I thought YOU were going to tell ME how to do it Piglet!!!!

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  5. You could buy a cheap light projector and with that you can put any image on any surface as long it has a power source. Plus you can run it through your computer and change it with photoshop on the fly if needed, for the painting.

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  6. Hi PiP,
    I agree with Adventures…Google (or your favorite search engine) is amazing…we had a broken lightbulb that we couldn’t get out of the socket without electrocuting ourselves…sure enough, there was a video clip telling you exactly how to do it. Another time, I was taking care of my grandson while my daughter and her husband were away…the downstairs bathroom got locked from the inside…quick as a wink, I googled “open a locked bathroom door” and there it was on YouTube…step by step instructions.
    Best of luck…enjoy the painting. 🙂

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  7. What a great idea, PiP! I’m sorry I can’t help you, but I totally support your efforts.

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  8. Cool idea. Aren’t you creative? Sorry, I don’t know but will ask my OH later on for you, he uses photoshop a lot so may have some clues.

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  9. I’ll ask my daughter when she finally gets up. She keeps teenage hours. She’s into all things artistic and design related.

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  10. A more old fashioned way is to draw your subject on a glass (or trace over a photo to a glass, scan it and print on the final media canvas or paper. For large scale paintings I’ve done the slide projector trick, where you project on the media from a slide, trace the outlines and then turn of the projector and of to printing!

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  11. Photoshop is not my cup of tea either, I actually would like to enrol in photoshop lessons…The photo is lovely, so it will certainly be a great painting.

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  12. When it comes to drawing and painting I am absolutely useless and have yet to master photoshop. But what a great way to satisfy your painting urge. Hope help comes soon.

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  13. This is one area I am hopeless at. Sorry, Pip, no help from me, sadly.

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  14. Hello there,

    Open the picture in Photoshop, go to Filter > Sketch > Photocopy, from here on just play with the settings.

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  15. When I want to move a picture or photo outline to needlecraft, is to place the said image on a window pane with bluettac then cover with fabric in the same way before tracing the lines in pencil to the fabric I wish to use.
    Another way is to trace the image to tracing or greaseproof paper. Turn it over and go over the tracing line on the back. (this needs to be done where the pencil lines do not matter. Then place the tracing paper right side up on the canvas and go over the tracing line again. I suggest you try it on some waste fabric or canvas first. An eraser is handy to have to hand!

    Another way is to draw grid lines on your drawing and then do the same on your canvas and work each square at a time in pencil. They should match up.

    I hope these ideas help.

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    • Hi Grannymar, thank you for the suggestions 🙂 I’ve used tracing paper in the past This method printing directly onto the paper is easy as once printed I can then paint. However, tracing paper is great for canvass. I’ve not tried the square method yet, so this may be an option 🙂 thank you

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  16. I also can’t draw and wish that I could.

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  17. Aren´t we a useless lot (sorry, can´t help either), but I did have to chuckle at you saying you did something then couldn´t remember how you did it…I can totally relate to that 😉

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  18. Your street drawing is a peach. Very artsy.
    I enjoy editing photos. I think you may have used something that may have been called ‘find edges’ or ‘enhances edges’, I use ‘Photo Impact’ and that what they call it.
    You may have also ‘inverted’ the colors after using the ‘edge’ effect
    Also you might have used a ”cartoon effect.
    or a Pen & pencil effect.
    I hope this helps. 🙂

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    • Hi EC, thanks. I think if I can get the background colour right with a combination of yours and bianca’s suggestion I may have cracked it. I need a few hours now to “fiddle”
      Someone has also suggested Picasa. Hopefully snout to the grindstone over the weekend I may have sussed it. we will see!

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  19. Absolutely no help at all.
    My expertise in both fields – drawing and computers- is limited to knowing which button to push to turn the machine on and off and which end goes in the pencil sharpener.
    The street scene looks wonderful.
    Here’s a similar shot when we were in Portugal in 2004 for the football
    http://letterdash.com/Arkenaten/on-the-subject-of-football

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  20. Love this! Hope you’ll share your completed work! 🙂

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  21. Good job PiP I’m impressed! 🙂

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