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Primitive Folk Art Made Possible by Photoshop

First time experimenting with Photoshop’s A/I powered style transfer filter. Bottom line? The filter I chose would best work with a landscape since people are more forgiving of an altered landscape than a human face. Still, after endless tweaking and multiple trial prints I wound up on the path I wanted to go.

Background: JCF has developed a recent obsession with Monica Bellucii. I produced a print for him from a 300 dpi monotone and he said it wasn’t striking enough. Agreed.

I tried to colorize it with poor results. I then tried something different with that black and white photo.

Her hair in a bun suggested Japanese prints so I picked one of two Japanese style transfer filters. The program produced a face more cubist and blocky than I thought right. That consumed a great deal of time to make a little more normal.

The original monotone was overexposed on the jaw line so I had to painstakingly put one in the suggestion of one. The program put in a warm tan or buff color in the background automatically, matching quite closely what I have seen in Japanese prints.

With this filter you can produce clumsy, amateurish traditional Japanese artwork in just hours. You don’t have to wait years to be ridiculed, you can start right now to provide even more non-authentic images to the world. I indulged myself even more with this experiment and made a more surrealistic image than most.

I use an HP design Jet printer. Glass and metal frames as shown are terribly expensive new. I shop at thrift shops and Goodwill Stores. This one was only six dollars. 18X24 inches. Would have been $25 new.

Here was the original photograph:

Here’s one of several modifications. One can dial in the amount of detail as well as control saturation, contrast, lightness, and so on.

And another experiment:

The final for now:

Some interesting detail:

By thomasfarley01

Business writer and graphic arts gadfly.

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