In this amazing lesson you will learn how to create a picture in the style of impressionism from a photo, using several filters, as well as a very simple technique. Have a nice time.
Step 1. Open the original image in Photoshop
First select a photo. Of course, you can use any other image at your discretion, but you have to remember some moments. First of all, the settings of the filters that we use in this lesson depend on the image size, therefore, using larger or smaller images will give different results. Secondly, you can play with the settings when you apply filters according to the image you are using. So, open the image you downloaded.
Step 2. Add the filter Applique.
Duplicate the image with the man, name the duplicate layer “Overlap”. Next, go Filter – Imitation – Applique (Filter> Artistic> Cutout), apply the following settings: Number of levels (Number of Levels) = 8, Simplicity edges (Edge Simplicity) = 5 and Edge sharpness (Edge Fidelity) = 1. Now, turn off the visibility of the Overlap layer.
Step 3. Apply Relief Filter
Duplicate the original male layer twice (Ctrl + J). Name the first duplicate of the “Relief” layer, and the second duplicate of the “Chromaticity” layer. Make sure the “Relief” layer is below the “Chroma” layer. Go to the Relief layer in the layers palette, then set the foreground color to black and the background color to white. Next, go Filter – Sketch – Relief (Filter> Sketch> Bas Relief). Apply the following settings: Detailing (Detail) = 12, Softening (Smoothness) = 4, Shine (Light) = To the left (Left). Change the blending mode for the color layer to Chromaticity (Color). Select both the Chroma and Relief layers, and then press the keys (Ctrl + E) to merge these layers.
Step 4. Add diversity
Being on the combined layer, then go Filter – Imitation – Applique (Filter> Artistic> Cutout), apply the following settings: Number of levels (Number of Levels) = 8, Simplicity edges (Edge Simplicity) = 6, Edge sharpness (Edge Fidelity) = 1. Go back to the layers palette. Turn on the “Overlap” layer visibility, and then change the blending mode for the “Overlap” layer to, you will guess Overlap (Overlay). If you are wondering why we used the filter Relief (Bas Relief filter) in the previous step, then you can compare the result before and after applying the filter. Also do not forget that you should try to apply other filters instead of the filter. Relief (Bas Relief) at this stage.
Congratulations, we have completed the lesson. I hope that you got great pleasure from this lesson, and also found this technique useful.
Some more examples
In the screenshot below, you can see a few more examples that give an idea how this technique works, using various images.