CHALLENGE CLOSED Hello all my lovelies who tried my technical challenge here at the Lilypad. It has been a delight to see your wonderful and creative pages, but alas there is only winner of the $10 coupon from NBK Designs chosen randomly. Personally I would award you it to you all, so on behalf of NBK Designs we would like to thank you all for entering the challenge but the winner this time is Lorieh. I will be contacting you soon with the coupon code. We have another challenge ready for you to try again starting on 29th July to 31st August hope you can join us. Hi everyone and welcome to this month's technique challenge, where we'll be making a newspaper “Dot” effect using Photoshop’s Filter Gallery’s effects “Cutout” and “Halftone Pattern”. RULES This challenge runs from 1st-28th of July. One lucky scrapper will be randomly chosen to win a $10 coupon to the NBK Design store. You must use 100% of NBK Design Products. You may use a template from a designer at The Lily Pad if it fits in with the challenge. Post your layout in the NBK Design Gallery and in this forum, and link your layout to the gallery. I'll be checking the forum daily, so if you have any problems just post here or send me a pm. Most importantly, have fun Step 1. Open an image preferably of a person’s head and shoulders Step 2. Duplicate your image twice Step 3. Turn off the top layer and work on the middle layer Step 4. Convert this layer to a smart object. Don’t worry if your software doesn’t support smart objects. Smart objects allow you to re-edit your layer if you are not satisfied with the results of the effect Step 5. Go to Filter>Filter Gallery and in the Artistic Folder choose “Cutout”. For my image my settings were Number of Levels 4, Edge Simplicity Zero, Edge Fidelity 2. My image size was 3600x2376 and 72px Res. Step 6. Activate the top layer and create a smart object as before Step 7. Go Filter>Filter Gallery and in the Sketch Folder choose “Halftone Pattern” For my image my settings were Size 3, Contrast 2, Pattern Type DOT. I changed the Blend Mode to “Soft Light” for the Halftone layer and “Darker Color” for the cutout layer. You may have to experiment the settings and blend modes to suit the resolution of your image Step 8. Save your work as a JPG and create a layout of your choice. I have used NBK’s Selfcare gesso paper #4, Selfcare-EL-Transfer5 and Selfcare-EL-Filmframe4 Mask. Selfcare by NBK-Design TLP Shop https://the-lilypad.com/store/SelfCare-choose-from-different-Options.html YOUTUBE https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLX6vyfKQ2WLXvi9uWLqiNM-cM0nf6Rr22 NBK-DESIGN http://nbk-design.com/nbk-links/ My Layers Original Image Cutout and Halftone Effects Final Page Works well on a Black & White Image Last edited: Jun 22, 2019 TrishD, Jun 22, 2019 Delete IP Report #1 Edit Jun 24, 2019 #2 cinderella Paper and Ribbons and Bows ... oh my! Messages: 2,918 Joined: Nov 1, 2012 Using Dear Diary by NBK-Design TLP Shop https://the-lilypad.com/store/Dear-Diary-options.html YOUTUBE https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLX6vyfKQ2WLWo-ROtshdQ0BPn-7bikZ37 NBK-DESIGN http://nbk-design.com/nbk-links/ photo by Nik Macmillan on Unsplash I'm not sure if you want the photos too... Original photo Edited version Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram cinderella, Jun 24, 2019 IP Report #2 Wednesday at 8:48 AM #3 TrishD Well-Known Member Messages: 69 Joined: Dec 21, 2016 Thank you Cindy, that's great that you have posted your before and after effects on the girl. TrishD, Wednesday at 8:48 AM Delete IP Report #3 Edit Friday at 6:24 AM #4 Margje Well-Known Member Messages: 185 Joined: Sep 8, 2014 Fantastic Challenge! I used: Tropical Fusion by NBK-Design TLP Shop https://the-lilypad.com/store/nbk-tropicalfusion-option.html YOUTUBE https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLX6vyfKQ2WLVISxYUDIgUTHTANjV5wXGG NBK-DESIGN http://nbk-design.com/nbk-links/ Photo Pixabay (altered in Photoshop) Margje, Friday at 6:24 AM IP Report #4 Saturday at 2:54 AM #5 Danesa Active Member Messages: 52 Joined: Jul 22, 2018 I hope this is ok. If not, I can try again.