Brilliant! Thanks for this, I'm going to go and play with this technique.
A useful tutorial but is there a need for step 5 'Undo'?. On an earlier step wouldn't it be more efficient to duplicate the layer and work on the duplicate before blending the layers? Just a thought to save wearing the undo button out!
Really I didn't think about duplicating the original image... Sure, this way it'll be simpler! Good observation, thank you! ;)
This technique is really cool, not just for Anime style pictures but also as an effect to try out other pictures.
But in my experience duplicating the layer won't work in PSP8; reducing the colours requires a flattened image.
The goal is to have an 'error diffusion' version of the picture, before applying the blur; reducing the image to a 1 bit one is just for achieving that effect. Then, you can revert it to 16 millions colors, and copy & paste it onto a new layer!
Been trying this for a while myself before your great tutorial. One question though. Anyone have thoughts on how we can get rid of those ugly eyelashes? Seems to bug the hell out of me :)
I usually colour them in full black... This way they look pretty! But if you want to eliminate them you can delete them in postwork (not so difficult, because we're working with uniform colors ;)), or use morphs to let them disappear!
I am afraid I was unable to get the effect.I am using PSP8 and your instructions do not coincide with the menu bar. I couldn't go to image to decrease the colors, had to go to colors..I do not have an undo for undoing it all at once, but can undo each step separetly. and I could not get it to copy and look the same. I am a beginner, but tried to follow step, by step. I think the only thing I really had a problem with was how to create a new layer with data in the clip board..am not sure how to do that.Sorry if I sound stupid, but I am trying to learn.
About the effects, there are no problems if you find them in other menus... PSP is always changing, but the fx always remains the same! The undo must be hit several time, until you get back to the version of the image you want to apply the effect on; there isn't a 'undo-all' command! About the new layer, go to the "Edit menu > Copy" (it should be there), and then "Edit > Paste > As New Layer" (idem) or hit Ctrl+L, that's the shortcut in PSP8. Look on the right, down, it should be the Layer Toolbar there... You can edit layers there! Don't be critic on yourself, just practice... And then I want to see beautiful art from you! ;)
Very cool effect!
Thanks for the trick.
thanks for the tut