I've done what there is to do, I've followed all the steps, sized the photo to >900 pixels, very carefully made sure there was nothing extraneous (type, etc) that might confuse the NV system and even tried to upload both JPEG and PNG files. I even had my wife, a NV veteran of six years, run through every step with me and it simply doesn't work. I can't get the photo uploaded, and without the photo all the steps I've carefully prepared (see below, just for the hell of it) are meaningless. I give up. I want to be on NV, I want to be in these photo Nations, I want to share what I know in this HDYDT? series, but it's simply not worth the aggrevation.
HDYDT #2: If you are interested in this kind of abstract semi-cubist process, there are really two approaches.The first is straight-ahead Photoshop involves extra steps and uses the various PS Filter>Filter Gallery>Artistic tools ; the second approach uses some kind of “painting” app (in this case I used Topaz Impressions) to render the final image.With either approach, you’ll need to ‘fragment’ the image onto layers. Then you in PS you will duplicate each layer and apply the Filter Gallery effects then flatten; if you use a painting app you can skip applying the filter to individual layers, simply flatten and proceed with the combined layer image. Some general points first:
- This works better with broader POV, street scenes or cityscapes without people work best because they have hard angles, corner, etc; near landscapes will also work but they need to be simple and include leading lines or parallels (roads, fences, paths in the park etc).
- You’re looking for forms and shapes, no color. Because of that, this works well in duo-tone or trip-tone and B&W.
- If you really want to get into it, build a thirds grid on a separate layer you can delete later.
- Look for shape lines (corners or angles) and shadow lines.
- Keep in mind that the pieces may (or may not if you want to get more abstract) fit back together so visualize the image as a jigsaw puzzle.
- Duplicate background layer (#1), hide background layer
- On the duplicate layer (#2), > Polygonal lasso> select a section > cut and paste selection onto new layer (you are cutting instead of duplicating so you can work the blocks individually)
- When you have cut/copied everything you want to work with, delete layer #2
- Open layer #1 and rename > set opacity to 50%
- Working on each layer, select > Edit>Transform>Distort (works best for this) > adjust layer > repeat for each layer
- NOTE: the layer edges can / should overlap, you will be deleting, erasing, blending those later
- When all the layers are adjusted, hide layer #1 and readjust/ move the various layers until you get the composition you want.
- NOTE: at this point you can change the opacities of the layers to find what you want to overlap, and what you may want to delete. A trick is to invert the top layer and reduce the opacity a bit, it let’s me visualize the relationship of the parts more easily, the hide that layer and repeat down through the layers, then toggle all the layers back. Also, in the layers panel you’ll see a layer and it’s copy deleted, a good way to get rid of things that just don’t “fit"
- Once you the layers the way you want them arranged, you can add some Filtering for each layer. Example: Filter>Filter Gallery>Artistic>Cutout. You can play around with the sliders etc within any filter, but try to stick to one filter for all the layers. Remember that Art Filters are additive, so be conservative, the pieces have to fit together in an organic style.
- Once filtered, you can adjust the Mode/Opacity of the layers, and Adjust each but again, unless you want to use smart filtering, it can get messy trying to balance what Mode does what to the stuff underneath.
- Now you can flatten the layers and, if you want to go really nuts on it, start the process all over again, or, duplicate the new image and use things like Perspective, Distort, even do pop-outs for particular parts