<Many hours later, vodka martini molecules in the *stream all having
been replaced by caffeine molecules...>
I use the Retouch tool mostly for "painting" - I can't draw freehand, so
I often start with something that catches my interest and then use the
retouch tool to make it into an image for my digital gallery. Here's an
example, since that probably didn't make sense ;-)
The top image is a fractal that I made in Ultra Fractal - which is a
fractal rendering application - you can't do any 'hand work' in that
kind of app, so if I get an interesting fractal I then take it into PSP.
In this pic, I wanted to make the fractal peak shapes look more like the
Alps. To do that, I primarily used the Retouch tool in different modes
(the cartoon eyes are courtesy of Ron Lacey.. thanks Ron!). It's all an
intuitive thing as you go along.. smudge a bit here, then smudge some
there, a little lighter here, a little darker there, now smudge here
some more.. hmm.. maybe needs just a bit more light over there.. etc.
etc. Since this pic is black and white, I only used Smudge, Soften,
Lightness Up, Lightness Down, and Lightness to Target.. but with even
just those four modes it was a total pain because of the way you have to
interrupt the "creative flow" to do all that scrolling and clicking to
change modes and mode settings. It's not like I can do all the Smudging
at one time, then switch and do all the Lightening, etc. It's constant
switching. Now, imagine that you're working on a pic that has colors and
*not* just black and white ( I didn't happen to have a before/after
example of that handy to post).. so it's not only switching between the
five modes I used in this one.. but because there are colors.. there's
also constant switching etc. between all the different Hue and
Saturation modes as well.
I'm not very good at explaining things like this very well..(you can see
why I don't write tutorials, lol)... but hopefully that gives an idea of
what you can do with the Retouch tool.. and also an idea of what an
absolute scroll-and-click nightmare it is when doing work of this type.
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> Porter, do you have any tutorials where you use the retouch tool and
> some) it's varieties. I've yet to get into this "game," but you
> find it very useful. I know I'm missing something.