In this tutorial, I will teach you to create a stunning effect of painting in the photo. I will try to explain each action in as much detail as possible so that even a beginner who first opened Photoshop can handle it.
The effect on the picture above we will create in this lesson. If you want to get a more advanced and interesting result, shown below, then I advise you to try my action Painterly (for a fee).
1. Preparation of the document
To begin, open the photo with which we will work. To do this, go to the menu File – Open (File – Open), select the desired image on the computer and click on the button Open (Open). Next we need to check the parameters of the document:
- Photo must be in RGB color mode. 8 bits/ channel (8 bits / channel). To check this, go Image – Mode (Image – Mode).
- For best results, I recommend using a picture size of 2000-3000 pixels in width / height. To check this, go Image – Image Size (Image – Image size).
- The snapshot must be a background layer. If not, apply to it Layer – New – Background from Layer (Layer – New – Layer from the background).
2. Create a drawing effect.
In this section, we will begin to create the effect we need. Hit Ctrl + J to duplicate the background layer. Background (Background). Then apply the filter to the copy. Filter – Stylize – Oil Paint (Filter – Stylization – Oil paint) with the following settings:
Name this layer “Painting effect”. Then duplicate it with Ctrl + J and apply a filter to the copy. Filter – Sharpen – Smart Sharpen (Filter – Sharpness – Smart sharpness). Install Amount (Effect) by 500%, Radius (Radius) – 1.5 pixels and Remove (Delete) – on Gaussian Blur (Gaussian blur).
Name this layer “Sharpness of the picture.”
3. Add textures
In this section we will add some textures to get the desired effect. Move on File – Place Embedded (File – Place embedded), select the first texture from the additional materials and click on the Place button. Then change the scale (Ctrl + T) of the texture and set Width/ Height (Width / Height) at 530.02%, as shown below. Name the texture layer “Texture 1”.
Switch the layer blending mode to Soft Light (Soft light).
Move on Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Black White (Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Black and White) and call the new adjustment layer “Texture Discoloration 1”.
Now press Ctrl + Alt + G to transform the adjustment layer into a clipping mask.
Move on File – Place Embedded (File – Place embedded), select the second texture and click on the Place button. Then set the width and height of the texture to 75.28% and Angle (Angle) 90 degrees. Name the layer “Texture 2”.
Switch the blending mode of the second texture to Soft Light (Soft light) and on the layers panel we place it under the “Texture 2” layer.
Select the layer “bleaching texture 1” and duplicate it (Ctrl + J). Then on the layers panel we place a copy above the “Texture 2” layer.
Hit Ctrl + Alt + G to transform the layer into a clipping mask. Call it “Bleaching Texture 2”.
4. Final color correction
In this section, we will add several adjustment layers to get the final result. Select the layer “bleaching texture 1”, go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Curves (Layer – New adjustment layer – Curves) and call the adjustment layer “Color”.
Double click on the thumbnail of the adjustment layer to open the panel Properties (Properties), and configure its parameters as shown below:
Decrease Opacity (opacity) of this layer to 81%.
Now go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Vibrance (Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Juiciness) and call the layer “Total Saturation”.
Double click on the thumbnail of the layer “Total saturation” on the layers panel. Install Vibrance (Juiciness) at +34 and Saturation (Saturation) – by +20.
Create another adjustment layer Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Levels (Layer – New adjustment layer – Levels). Call it “Total Brightness.”
Double click on the layer thumbnail and on the panel Properties (Properties) configure it as shown below:
Press Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E to create a copy of all visible layers, then use the Ctrl + Shift + U key combination to bleach it. After that apply the filter to the copy. Filter – Other – High Pass (Filter – Other – Color Contrast) and set Radius (Radius) by 2 pixels.
Switch the blending mode of this layer to Hard Light (Hard light) and reduce Opacity (Opacity) up to 38%. Name the layer “Total Sharpness”.
Congratulations, you did it! Here is the final result: