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The Dragan Effect is one of the most popular image-editing effects right now. Created by Polish photographer Andrzej Dragan, this effect uses dramatic lighting and editing techniques that enhance the tonality and skin texture of the images subject. In this tutorial, you will learn how to simulate the Dragan Effect on your photos using Paintshop Pro. Watch the video above and get started!
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In this tutorial, you will learn how to simulate the Dragan effect on your photos using Paintshop Pro.
Step 1: Choose an Image
This effect can be applied to any photos you have, but for best effect, choose a well-lit portrait with the eyes fully visible. Once you have made your choice, open the image in Paintshop Pro.
Step 2: Prepare Your Workspace
Step 3: Apply effects to layers
2. Invert the color of the image by going to Image > Negative Image.
3. Going back to your Layers palette, set the Blend Mode to Overlay. At this point, the image should look washed-out.
4. Now open the Gaussian Blur dialogue box by going to Adjust > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Depending on the image used, you can set the Radius between 0-100. In this particular tutorial, the radius is set to 20.
5. Combine the Negative and the Merge layer. To do this, right-click on the Negative layer then select Merge > Merge Down.
6. Open the Hue/Saturation/Lightness dialogue box again (Shift + H) then set values as indicated below.
7. Add back the contrast. Open the Levels dialogue box by going to Adjust > Brightness and Contrast > Levels. Set the values as indicated below.
Step 4: Enhance the details
In this step we will be enhancing the details of the subject by further increasing the contrast of the eyes and creases of the skin.
2. Using the Burn tool with the same settings as the Dodge tool, brush over the creases of the skin and dark areas, including the lips, hair and clothing.
3. Finally, apply High Pass Sharpen by going to Adjust> Sharpness> High Pass Sharpen. Set the Radius to 18, Strength to 40 and the Blend mode to Soft Light.
Step 5: Finishing touches
To completely set the mood for your photo, apply a vignette effect. To do this, go to Effects > Photo Effects > Vignette. Using the Circular selection tool and set a wide area of focus in your image. You can experiment with the parameter. In this tutorial, Dark is set at -60, Feather edge is set at 50 and the rest is 0.
Using Paintshop Pro's Black and White Film filter (Effects > Photo Effects > Black and White Film), would give your image an even more dramatic appeal.
You now have a "Draganized" photo. You can enable/disable the visibility of the top layer to compare the before and after of the image. Save your project in JPEG format in theFile > Save As dialogue box.
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