The magic of Photoshop: four ways to transform photographs into paintings

Making pictures in the picture – this is one of the most popular topics lessons on working with graphic editors. Modern 2D-application so perfect, they give an opportunity to try yourself in the role of the artist, even those who never learned to draw well. Sliders, check boxes, and other customization options do not work worse than the palette with paint and canvas.

One evidence of high interest to the topic of drawing users – occurrence in the arsenal of the latest version of Photoshop filters Oil Paint (laquo; Oil kraskaraquo ;) , with which you can turn the image into a picture in seconds. And with a modern graphics card – real time monitoring of the amendments made in the preview window. However, like any other tool, Oil Paint filter is imperfect. In particular, it makes it impossible to individually control the amount and character strokes in different parts of the image. Therefore, other methods to get a picture of the pictures are still relevant. In this review, we discuss how to Oil Paint, and three ways to achieve this effect.

Using the filter Oil Paint

Oil Paint – one of the new filters, Photoshop CS6, Enables engine Mercury Graphics Engine (MGE). The latter uses OpenGL and OpenCL and allows much faster results, shifting the work to the GPU. However, in contrast to some other new filters CS6, Oil Paint works with older video cards, but in this case, the calculations are only the CPU.

For convenience command for Oil Paint filter taken out directly from the menu Filter (laquo; Filtrraquo ;) .

Filter contains six sliders, four of them are related to the parameters of a brush, and two – to set up lighting. Sliders Stylization (laquo; Stilizatsiyaraquo ;) and Bristle Detail (laquo; Information schetineraquo ;) to add contrast to the simulated brush strokes. They create boundaries between each light curve or twist, and thus make the effect more pronounced. The difference between these two settings is that the first adds an additional effect of randomness in the pattern created by brush strokes, and the other mainly affect the contrast.

Slider Cleanliness (laquo; Chistotaraquo ;) allows you to modify the details of each brush stroke. High values ??of this parameter correspond to the drawing of a new soft brush, and at low-effect of drawing can be already contaminated with sticky brush bristles – the image will be more laquo; zernaraquo;.

By parameter Scale (laquo; Masshtabraquo ;) You can, in fact, change the brush size.

As for settings related to the coverage, the Angular Direction (laquo; Under uglomraquo ;) determines the angle at which the simulated light reaches the surface of the canvas, which in turn affects the contrast between strokes. When you change the lighting strokes may look brighter or, conversely, dark. Parameter Shine (laquo; Bleskraquo ;) sets the total severity of the effect.

turning photos into paintings using filters

This method of creating a picture from the photo is interesting because it allows you to get acceptable results without the use of a virtual hand. The secret lies in the consistent application of filters in Photoshop are a great many.

Note that the filter settings will be different for images with different resolution, so you may need to adjust them. We show the settings for resolution 1024×768.

So, after loading the original image in Photoshop, use the keyboard shortcut CTRL + U, to open the Hue / Saturation (laquo; Hue / Nasyschennostraquo ;) . Increase the saturation of the image to forty-five.

Open gallery filter by selecting it from the menu Filter (laquo; Filtrraquo ;) . Go to the filter Glass (laquo; Stekloraquo ;) . Since we want to like this, as if it is placed on the canvas, set in its settings kind of texture, reminiscent of the canvas (Canvas). Other options you might want to pick up depending on the image size. Reduce distortion, set a lower value Distortion (laquo; Iskazhenieraquo ;) , and then a small value of Smoothness (laquo; Smyagchenieraquo ;) .

Press New effect layer (laquo; New Layer effektovraquo ;) at the bottom of the Filter Gallery to add an additional layer of the filter.

Assign filter Angled Strokes (laquo; Inclined shtrihiraquo ;) . It mimics brush strokes, caused a certain angle. For Length, stroke (Stroke Length) Set to 3, and the value of Sharpness (laquo; Rezkostraquo ;) that determines how sharp the image is, reduce to one.

Add another layer effect using the same button New effect layer. Assign filter Paint Daubs (laquo; Oil zhivopisraquo ;) . The key parameter settings here – type of brush (Brush Type). In this case, select the type of Simple (laquo; Prostayaraquo ;) , and then reduce the size of the brush to four and reduce the value of Sharpness (laquo; Rezkostraquo ;) to strokes were less clear.


Last layer effect. Assign filter Texturizer (laquo; Teksturizatorraquo ;) . It adds texture to the image canvas. In his settings, select the appropriate type of texture – Canvas (laquo; Holstraquo ;) . Then pick up the texture (Parameter Scaling) and relief (parameter Relief).

Main work is completed. To apply filters to the image, click on OK. It remains to make more precise strokes. Create a copy of the layer using the command CTRL + J. Select bleaching layer Image rarr; Adjustments rarr; Desaturate (laquo; Izobrazhenieraquo; rarr; laquo; Korrektsiyaraquo; rarr; laquo; Obestsvetitraquo ;) .

Now apply the top layer of the filter Filter rarr; Stylize rarr; Emboss (laquo; Filtrraquo; rarr; laquo; Stilizatsiyaraquo; rarr; laquo; Tisnenieraquo ;) . In his settings, decrease the value of Height (laquo; Vysotaraquo ;) to one, and the value Amount (laquo; Effektraquo ;) , conversely, increase to 500.

To change the current layer Blending Mode to Overlay (laquo; Perekrytieraquo ;) . Done!

laquo; Narisovannayaraquo, oil painting

And here’s another interesting way to turn any photo into oil painting. It is more time-consuming than using a new filter, Oil Paint (laquo; Oil kraskaraquo ;) , but it gives more room for creativity.

Open image.

Create a new layer and select the tool Fill (laquo; Zalivkaraquo ;) , fill it with white. Select a tool Art History Brush (laquo; Art History kistraquo ;) . Palette History (laquo; Istoriyaraquo ;) set the mark Set the Source for History Brush (laquo; Defines the source for archival kistiraquo ;) .

In the settings select the brush tool to paint with oil 63 Oil Pastel (laquo; wide smear oil pastelyuraquo ;) and in the Area (laquo; Diametrraquo ;) set its area of ??distribution, equal to thirty.

Click on the image, right-click, and reduce the size of the brush and the paint layer. The smaller the size, the smaller the size of the stroke and the more detailed the picture.

To Filter Filter rarr; Sharpen rarr; Unsharp Mask (laquo; Filtrraquo; rarr; laquo; Strengthening rezkostiraquo; rarr; laquo; Contour rezkostraquo ;) to make more expressive brushstrokes. Increase the value of Amount (laquo; Effektraquo ;) . Finally, apply a filter Texturizer (laquo; Teksturizatorraquo ;) to create the illusion of the canvas. In Photoshop CS6 this filter to the menu Filter (laquo; Filtrraquo ;) There is no default, and it is called a Filter Gallery (laquo; Gallery filtrovraquo ;) . In the list of Texture (laquo; Teksturaraquo ;) – Canvas (laquo; Holstraquo ;) and, focusing on the preview window, select the settings Scaling (laquo; Masshtabraquo ;) and Relief (laquo; Relefraquo ;) .

The image looks like oil painting.

almost present painting in Photoshop

Most simulation of painting techniques in Photoshop based on application of a specific sequence of filters. These methods have one major drawback – they are often deprived of individuality of the artist. In this lesson we will talk about a method for simulation of painting, creating a unique, one-of-a-kind painting on the basis of any photos.

Secret originality of images obtained using this method is that the user himself dab arbitrarily. But to draw such a picture, it is not necessary to have the talent of the artist.

So, open the image, which is the basis picture. Slightly increase the canvas size. To do this, run Image rarr; Canvas Size (laquo; Izobrazhenieraquo; rarr; laquo; holstaraquo size ;) .

Choose Edit rarr; Define pattern (laquo; Identify uzorraquo ;) . Create a new layer and fill it with white, using a tool Fill (laquo; Zalivkaraquo ;) . Make it slightly transparent, reducing the value of Opacity (laquo; Neprozrachnostraquo ;) to 80% in order to were showing through the top layer of the original image.

Create a new layer and arm tool Pattern Stamp (laquo; Pattern shtampraquo ;) . In the samples from the toolbar, select previously saved with the command Define pattern (laquo; Identify uzorraquo ;) . Select the check box Aligned (laquo; Vyravn.raquo ;) for the correct positioning of smears and check Impressionist (Effect) to give them the style of impressionism.

Select one of the brushes in the settings tool Pattern Stamp (laquo; Pattern shtampraquo ;) . Adjust its profile by using the settings on the palette Brush (laquo; Kistraquo ;) . It is desirable that the profile was similar to the brush stroke of this – it has to look through the trace of lint, and must be visible canvas texture. Start drawing directly on the image, short small strokes. They can impose a completely arbitrary way, trying to make each brush smear view their profile.

In the process of drawing a picture size of the brush could and should be changed. In those parts of the image where the detail is low, for example, where the sky or the sea, you can use bigger brushes. In those areas where a lot of small parts, it is better to reduce the size of the brush used to elements of the picture are better marked on the canvas.

The process of creating the painting takes a lot of time, because they have to pay attention to every detail in a recognizable image. However this laquo; rabotaraquo hand, and makes the picture realistic. The situation can not be described smear some algorithm, it is only the work of the artist. When the bright spots in the picture will not stay, you can save the result.


In this article, we consider several ways to get a picture from a photo in Adobe Photoshop, but there are many other programs that you can achieve a similar effect. And many of them are free, for example FotoSketcher. This program offers more than twenty styles of drawing, from watercolors and pencil drawings to create a cartoon image. Each style has a few options with which to influence the appearance of the finished laquo; kartinyraquo;.

Although that means FotoSketcher you can quickly get a number of interesting artistic effects, yet in such programs is not enough freedom for creative ideas. Many of the operations are done on a pattern, and so the result is more or less repeats the earlier picture. So Photoshop has been and remains the main tool for the artist working with digital painting.

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