Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Painter For Photographers
Add fine-art effects to your photos with these software techniques
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Select the Cloners > Coarse Spray Cloner, and set the size to 100 and the opacity to 30%, then click on the Olive Grove layer to make it active and paint the picture lightly, leaving the edges white. Now click on the Horse layer and paint the head of the horse in the center. You can switch back and forth between the two source images very easily.
The great thing about this new panel, which was introduced in Painter 12, is that you can build up a picture from many different originals easily. What's more, provided you save the file as a RIFF file (Painters own file format), you can close the image and reopen at a later date with all the source images intact. Brilliant!
LAYERS AND PHOTOSHOP
Painter has layers in much the same way as Photoshop, and files can be swapped between the two programs with layers, layer masks and the main blending modes intact. Layers are also good for using different brushes on each layer and then blending them together.
If you want to try something a bit different and give your images an artistic finish, give Painter 12 a try!
Martin Addison is a well-known British photographer and the author of Painter 12 for Photographers (Focal Press, 2011), available in both print and digital editions, with a companion website featuring source images and video tutorials. Visit his website at www.martinanddoreen.co.uk.
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