Create a stunning painting effect for a photo.

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.

Step 1

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:

Step 2

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).

Step 3

Name this layer “Sharpness of the picture.”

3. Add textures

Step 1

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”.

Step 2

Switch the layer blending mode to Soft Light (Soft light).

Step 3

Move on Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Black White (Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Black and White) and call the new adjustment layer “Texture Discoloration 1”.

Step 4

Now press Ctrl + Alt + G to transform the adjustment layer into a clipping mask.

Step 5

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”.

Step 6

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.

Step 7

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.

Step 8

Hit Ctrl + Alt + G to transform the layer into a clipping mask. Call it “Bleaching Texture 2”.

4. Final color correction

Step 1

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”.

Step 2

Double click on the thumbnail of the adjustment layer to open the panel Properties (Properties), and configure its parameters as shown below:

Step 3

Decrease Opacity (opacity) of this layer to 81%.

Step 4

Now go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Vibrance (Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Juiciness) and call the layer “Total Saturation”.

Step 5

Double click on the thumbnail of the layer “Total saturation” on the layers panel. Install Vibrance (Juiciness) at +34 and Saturation (Saturation) – by +20.

Step 6

Create another adjustment layer Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Levels (Layer – New adjustment layer – Levels). Call it “Total Brightness.”

Step 7

Double click on the layer thumbnail and on the panel Properties (Properties) configure it as shown below:

Step 8

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.

Step 9

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:

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