The final testing playaround using the Smudge tool in Fantasia Painter.
This image is just another of the many still lifes set up on the top of the breast-height bookshelf in my living room (I’m 170cm, or 5ft 7in tall). The back end always forms a hard line in any photo, as there is an approx. two inch gap between that edge and the wall. This has always been an annoyance, especially when I’m aiming for a softer look.
The vase is six inches tall, clear glass, with the bowl having a textured engraving of the map of the world. This texture gives a natural softening which I like.
As you can see, I used the Smudge tool in default mode to soften that hard line. It was my first attempt. It’s okay, but could be improved. Smudge was also used on the bowl to remove the bottom part of the seedpod stem.
I obtained this mono sketch look using PicSketch, then refined it further in Adobe Photo Express, and finally added the sepia tint at 50% overall mask in FP. There will be another attempt. 😁