If you feel the urgent need to post something with a trendy retro photo effect, but you don’t have any of those popular applications available …
You are not completely out of luck, you can create something similar in PostworkShop, but it will take hours of work and guru knowledge. OK, just kidding, it is a very simple, five minute hack in PWS :) And you can save the style for your future retro-grunge episodes.
The Texturizers use grunge and paper textures. The Color Generator and the Plasma Cloud are blended with Soft Light / 40%. The Frame responsible for the vignette effect is followed by two box blurs (almost the same as a Gaussian, but much faster) and blended with Multiply / 50 %. Finally the white border is another Frame filter, this one is blended in Screen mode.
A humble attempt to create an image that looks like the French comics, especially like the images of the grand master and all-time favorite, Moebius (Jean Giraud).
The style setup is quite straightforward, the only thing that you may not guess from the screen capture is that the original image (Layer #2) is blended on the Simple Watercolor layer with the Color blending mode.
I saw a (traditionally painted) image today that inspired me to try something similar in PostworkShop, exclusively with auto-painting.
We have a base layer, a simple default Random Painter.
The next layer is simulating large strokes or maybe running paint if you select the appropriate brush for that effect. The trick is setting Strokes Directions = 1 and Direction
Rotation = 90 (degrees). The blending mode is Lighten because with this image I found that the dark make-up provoked strong black strokes that ruined the face. You may
find another blending mode working better with your image.
On top of that, a detail layer, where we generate a thick outline with Sketch 2, fatten it with Min Value, use this as a mask on the original and then random paint the result. So
basically we paint where there are details in the image (i.e. where the Skecth 2 detected edges).
The top layer is very similar, only here we don’t even paint it, just mask the original with a Sketch, to draw the fine details into the image. You may need to apply a Median
filter before the Sketch if your original is too noisy.