Thursday, July 28, 2011

I've Learned How To Paint (Digitally)

I've been using Photoshop for like ten years and it's just recently that I learned how to make a "painting" with the software. Well actually, I only converted a picture file to look like a painting. I tried an old picture of mine and did an unfinished style.

This wasn't done in one-click. Though Photoshop has cool filters that do the job (like the watercolor, dry brush, paint daubs, angled strokes from the filter gallery), they of course produce a uniform texture, with a single brush size and limited stroke direction applied on the entire image. Too perfect-looking, or stiff, I should say. On my picture I used a special brush in different sizes and made random strokes. That gave it a more freehand touch. Color adjustments and masking was also done to achieve this look. It was really fun making it.

Some graphic artists make paintings with Photoshop from scratch. Like they will start with a sketch or outline then color it. That's really amazing but I don't have the diligence to do it that way. I rather apply the same diligence on paper or canvas, you know.

Anyways, I hope to make more of these digital paintings. Maybe I'll offer it as a service too. ^_^

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