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How do I take a portrait from "real" to photo realistic?

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There are some really great backgrounds that have a painted look about them.  I would like to be able to take a portrait and have it blend with the level of realism in the background.  Here is an example:


If I were take this image:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw07G8qt_m-gOTBnSG85cUJxVkE/view?usp=sharing  

cut it out and paste it in it just wont match the background.  The model is real and background isn't.  I would need to take the house a couple of steps toward reality or the model a few steps toward Buggs Bunny.  Can anyone point me to where I can look for a tutorial?

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exactly.   I need to do something to the model, other than light and shadows to give her more of a painted look so she would more closely blend with the house image in terms of real/cartoon.  I just don't know where to go or what to google.  Googleing  "drawing" give me sketches and "painting" gets me, well, not what I am looking for.

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Sigh...  Maybe I am just asking the question wrong.  Please allow me to start over.  I would like to insert my daughter who is real (and has legs)   https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw07G8qt_m-gaVNheFVfVGJRRUU/view?usp=sharing

into a painted (not real) background like this one:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw07G8qt_m-geDRHTGN5bHQ1RFk/view?usp=sharing

To demonstrate I quickly put her into the image:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw07G8qt_m-gSXRBcG5PRGpEQzA/view?usp=sharing

Where I am going with this is my daughter is real, the house is not and the blending of these two doesn't work without the realism of one changing to be more like the other.  Not tones or shadows but one is a cartoon and one is a picture and its clear which is which.

Here is an extreme example,  This piper:  http://eirian-stock.deviantart.com/art/Piper-III-61575873

was "cartooned" to blend with the background in forest magic:  http://moonchild-ljilja.deviantart.com/art/Forest-Magic-438668040

I dont want to learn how to paint.  What I would like to do is soften the portrait so that it more closely matches the cartoon-ish background.  Here is a better example:  Portrait dropped into a painting:   http://alestellina.deviantart.com/art/Sweet-dream-471870309

same portrait softened to blend:  http://enchantedwhispersart.deviantart.com/art/In-Her-Kingdom-463423432

Do you have any suggestions on softening the portraits?




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5 minutes ago, rightmovephotography said:

High Pass is a sharpening thing.  Isnt that going in the wrong direction?

Not at all.  Exactly the right direction.  Can't you see that the image you want to put her into has a lot of distinction to all the edges?  That's the "cartoon" look you were talking about.

6 minutes ago, rightmovephotography said:

Any idea what they did get the girl from the 2nd to last link to the last link?

Yes, changed the colours.  But that's not necessary with yours, is it?  Your subject already has the warm tones you'd expect when being lit by that lamp.

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Thanks Damien, I really like where this went.  I also didn't like how the dress just laid there all perfect like hard wood floor, so I took a grass brush and added some grass.  Still got some learning to do but that is a whole lot closer.  I am still shaking my head over that high pass. 

I am off to learn how to cut an Indian woman out of a green background.  Thanks again.


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