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. 😁
Here is the second Fantasia Painter edit. This was a vase of fake Empress Lily. Both the flower and leaves are big.
I chose the Dark Dream effect at 50% as an overall mask. FP has a number of different style of masks, eg overall at 100%, 75% or 50%, or as directional masking the left, top, right areas of tbe image, or as a translucent border, and so on.
The Smudge tool removed some minor spotting. Again, all the tools come in various formats to emulate drawing styles. Remember: This is essentially a painting/drawing application. When used, a zoomed-in area appears in the top left corner of the work area and showing crosshairs, so that you can see more clearly what you are doing. Of course, one can zoom in the image greater than 100% for those of us like me who have eyesight issues.
The Lighten tool was used on the flower edges and top of the stamen. All done using my fat index finger!
This style of border automatically enlarges the image, acting like a crop. One can re-adjust to suit tho. 🎑