Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Painter For Photographers
Add fine-art effects to your photos with these software techniques
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Adding textures to pictures as you paint has a lot of creative possibilities, and some brush categories are better than others at showing textures. The chalks and pastels, in particular, are excellent, especially when you make some changes to the brush as shown here.
Open my image "Arcade" and select Chalk and Crayons > Square Chalk. Set the brush size to 150 and the opacity to 33%. Then select the Rough Charcoal paper in the Papers panel. Go to Window > Brush Control Panels > General and change the Method to Cloning and the Subcategory to Grainy Hard Cover Cloning to emphasize the paper texture. Move the Grain slider to 11%—this is the most important control for adjusting the texture, and in most cases, the lower the slider, the more grain is visible. Paint the picture using the Tracing Paper as a guide, sweeping out the brushstrokes from the center to the edges, leaving the edge white. Increase the Grain slider to 15% and paint again in the center to add more depth.
The great thing about adding paper textures as you paint is that you can use different sizes by adjusting the sliders in the Paper panel and even use different textures in the same picture. Blending Two Or More Photographs Painter 12 is particularly good for blending several photographs together, and this gives superb opportunities for making montages. Here's a quick walk through how this works.
Open my image "Olive Grove" and go to File > Quick Clone. The Clone Source Panel should appear (if not, go to Window > Clone Source Panel).
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