Many image editing programs have a set of artist filters where you can apply a painting style to a photograph, but sometimes, even when using the pro spec Photoshop, the results are harsh. If the software you use has blend modes, you can tone down the effect creating a more pleasant result.
Words and images Peter Bargh First choose a picture that you want to apply the artist effect to and open it up in your image-editing program.
Now duplicate the layer and call the layer paint layer. If you don't now how to do this visit our article on Layers
Now with the new paint layer selected go to the menu bar that runs across the top of the screen and click on the filter menu and from there artistic. This brings up a series of options and we'll choose Fresco.
Clicking on this opens a box with sliding options to adjust brush size, brush detail and texture. fresco.jpg In the box is also a preview window showing part of the photo that you are going to add the filter to. As you adjust the sliders the preview will show what the photo will look like when the filter is applied.
Play around with the settings until you get a real solid paint effect but don't worry if it looks too unnatural we're going to correct this in the next stage.
With the same layer selected click on the layer blend box at the top left of the layer palette (it probably says normal) and select a different option. Each option controls how the top filtered layer reacts with the lower original, unfiltered layer. Have a play around with each to see what effect the layer blend has on the one below. In this example we are going to choose hard light and reduce the opacity to 55% to allow the top layer to interact with the layer below.
That's all there is to it. Now you have a painting style effect reacting with a photo to give a hybrid paint/photo effect. The key to using blend modes is to experiment, and always remember that the effect on screen may appear harsher when printed.
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3 Mar 2015 8:44AM