Pretty as a Picture

 Thursday, April 28, 2011

I was talking to a friend the other day who showed me an artist on Etsy that took photographs and made them look like paintings.  She asked if I knew how to do that.  I didn't, but I said I'd give it a try.  I've never really messed with the more abstract filters on Photoshop before, but it was fun, and I kinda liked the result, so I thought I'd share my process!

I took one of my pictures from Paris, which you may recognize because the black and white version of this pic is in my header, and I attempted to turn it into a "painting." This was my result.

paris painted

I really like the colors and the almost canvas like feel to it. This was the original picture I started with.

paris skyline

To create the affect, I went to Filter-->Artistic-->Palette Knife. It brought up a few options.
I adjusted the stroke size and stroke detail until the affect was obvious enough to see, but detailed enough that you could still tell what the picture was.

Then I took this texture and dragged it over my picture:


I changed my blending mode to "overlay." I like how the pink tones subtly showed through, and made the blues in the picture pop even more. Also by added texture, it gave the picture more of a canvas feel and helped sell the idea that the picture is really a painting! Its not a technique I imagine myself using often, but its fun to play around with every now and then!


The Daily Wyattand then, she {snapped}


Linda Makiej April 28, 2011 at 10:30 AM  

Lovely, just lovely!! Love your post-processing!

Stephanie R April 28, 2011 at 11:24 AM  

Oh wow, that's so cool! Love it!

Alita April 28, 2011 at 11:55 AM  

Oooh la la! I really like the artistry of it. Thanks for the tips! :)


Nicolasa April 28, 2011 at 3:45 PM  

That looks really cool! Great job!

Tara April 28, 2011 at 6:42 PM  

This is really cool! Love it!

borne . image . photography April 29, 2011 at 7:04 PM  

A beautiful technique ... it definitely looks like an oil painting! Thanks for sharing your process! And, I always wanted to visit Paris .... such a beautiful city! Have a great weekend!

Carrie April 29, 2011 at 8:10 PM  

I really like how the oil effect looks on this picture! Great edit!

Finkle April 29, 2011 at 11:48 PM  

You're a great teacher. Thanks, Jaymi!

Michelle May 2, 2011 at 6:23 PM  

that's really cool... good job!!

the little things... May 4, 2011 at 7:57 PM  

the effect is really cool! love this picture!!

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