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Turning your photos into works of art using PostworkShop - Part 2 of 3

By Jessy Jex

In this tutorial using PostworkShop by Xycod, we will be covering layering of styles for more complex image manipulation effects. 

To get started, let's open our project file from the end of 1st tutorial.  If you are starting from the beginning, open an image by going to File -> Load Image and then apply a style by clicking the Styles tab and double clicking a style under the many options in Building blocks, Drawing, Painting, Graphic arts, and Photo.

 There are several ways you can layer styles to more advanced results.   First we are going to work on placing another style before or after our first style.  Drag a style over to the Style pane where your other style is listed.   I am dragging from Building blocks -> Basic Image Processing -> Emboss.  Now drag the style over so it highlights the end of your existing style, or the beginning by holding it over the right or left of the existing style layer.   In the screenshot below you can see the Emboss style is highlighting the end of my first style. 


If I drop the style there it will be placed after whereas if I drag it to the front of my first style and drop it there it will be first style.

 Go ahead and drop the style, and select the Properties + Preview pane to obtain the effects you want newly added style.

 




Feel like going crazy, add another and see new effects it creates or try several different styles until you get the desired result.  

Next drag a style over and place it up top or beneath the first applied style.  You will hold the style over the upper or lower half of the first applied style until you see it highlight the top half orange or lower half of the first applied style.     I am dragging Drawing -> Pastel -> Pastel Pencil 2 and dropping it beneath my first applied style creating another layer beneath the first one. 

Again feel free to edit the properties of that new style in the Properties + Preview pane and if you want to alter the properties of your original image or the other styles just click them and adjust away!  

Blend the layers by choosing a blending mode like Overlay.

Change the Opacity of the either style to minimize the effect of one layer or style.   I reduced the opacity of Pastel Pencil 2 to 67% hoping to reduce some of the intensity of that style.

I am going to go a bit crazier and add one more style Painting ->Techniques -> Watercolor 4 beneath Pastel Pencil 2. 

 I blend the two by highlighting Pastel Pencil 2 and choose Saturation.  Reduce the Opacity of Watercolor 4 to 83%, and click on the Properties + Preview to make adjustments to that style. 

It is fun to see the property changes to one style on your image in the preview pane, and then the fully rendered effect across all the styles applied in the Compositing screen.  You can go crazy with all the possibilities.  

Not getting the effect you want?  Highlight the layer, delete it, and experiment with other styles.  The first style you choose might not give the best result.  You have over 350 styles to try so there is no shortage. 

For styles with several filters applied in parallel, it can be useful to blend using Layer Mixer.   Click the icon to switch to the Layer Mixer.  

The red dot represents the original image, and each grey dot represents the style layers.  Move the dots closer or further apart to blend the styles and filters more precisely.

Like the style you just created and don't want to have to replicate it everytime? You can save the result as a style.  Go to Styles -> Save Current Style and you will provide a name, where it will be saved, an optional description, a thumbnail, whether it has a theme, and click Ok.   

With the Pro version you will have the option as well to Publish a style from this area and can add you name, copyright notice, website, comments, and where to export the file.

Don't forget to save your image if you like the result and/or save the project if you want to come back later to further manipulate the image.

Here is the progression from the original image (left) to the final result (right):

Make sure you check out our final tutorial on PostworkShop where I will demonstrate more advanced options of the product.

Enjoy PostworkShop from now and until the next tutorial is released!   You can buy the Pro version here: http://postworkshop.net/buy-postworkshop-now


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Jessy Jex, Owner, Shamineau Marketing, LLC
When I am not managing my own marketing company, I am the Marketing and Affiliate Manager for Xycod's PostworkShop  products.  When I discovered their products, I enjoyed them so much I chose to help spread the word and grow their business.
Related Keywords:PostworkShop, Xycod, visual effects, image effects, photography

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