Have been working on a new technique in photoshop to blend a photo with a couple of other layers to give the image a painterly,drawing with a bit of the photo showing through it all.
The photograph was duped in PS5 and that dupe was changed into a black and white and then duped again and some filter effects added to give it a drawing look and then blended and combined on top of the photograph layer. Then the background texture layer was brought in and moved to the bottom of the stack. A multiply layer blend was added to the top layer and a black adjustment mask was added to the original photo layer to allow the selected blending of the whole group.
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