Picture from photo

The author of the video lesson: Elena Vinogradova

Since Photoshop includes some filters, you can use them by applying the effect of a painted picture to a photo, and you can do it very easily. In this way you can achieve your vision of the picture.
The process involves the use of little known Art History brush (Artistic Archive Brush) in Photoshop to do the job like this:

Step 1. Open your image in Photoshop. You do not need an image with a clear focus (which makes this technique a good image with a slightly soft focus), but it should have good exposure and gradation of tones. If necessary, apply adjustment layers. Curves (Curves), Levels (Levels) or Exposure (Exposure) to the image. Flatten(Drain (flatten)) layers.

Step 2. If you resize or crop an image, you need to save it and open it again – Art History brush (Artistic archive brush) will not work unless you do this. The same will happen if you are working in 16-bit mode, you will have a program error. If you still want to use History brush (Artistic archive brush), go to menu Image> Mode (Image> Mode) and select 8-bit, then save and open the file again.

Step 3. Duplicate the background layer image 4 times. Name its layers (bottom to top): underpainting, detail (detail), fine detail (small details) and color highlights (bright colors). Hide the top three layers and select the underpainting layer.

Step 4. Select the contents of the underpainting layer by pressing the Ctrl key + click on the layer thumbnail, and press the delete key to delete everything from this layer. Deselect by selecting Select> Deselect (Selection> Deselect).

Step 5. Choose a tool Art History brush (Artistic archive brush) (it shares the position in the toolbar along with History Brush (Archive Brush)) select the shape of the brush to apply and give it a fairly large size. Set to Style (Style) Tight Short (Compressed Short), and in Area (Plot) set the value to about 50px, and paint over the entire layer. All that you can do at the moment is some primary colors without details.

Step 6. Click on the detail layer and make it visible. Select its contents and delete. Make the size of your brush smaller, and now paint over the layer to return some details of the image. Experiment with different settings. Art History brush (Artistic Archive Brush), such as Dab (Short Touch), Curl (Spiral) and Tight (Compressed). If you get an error message saying that the brush will not work because the story does not contain this layer, look at the story panel using View> History (View> History) and click on the left column next to the duplicated layer to be able to draw on it.

Step 7. As soon as some details appear in your drawing, click on the fine detail layer, erase its contents and paint over this layer with a very small brush. This time, focus on the elements that you want to see in some details, such as a horse.

Step 8. Select the color highlights layer (make bright colors), make it visible, delete its contents and use a slightly smaller brush size, this time only Dab (Short Touch) with little value scatter (dissipation) at the brush. You need to focus on the details, but not too strong. With the layer selected, select Image> Adjustments> Hue / Saturation (Image> Correction> Hue / Saturation) and drag the slider Hue (Color tone) slightly left and correct Saturation (Saturation) to a slightly larger value. This will change some colors, and the details in the image will take on a more colorful look.

Step 9. When you get the desired result, select the top layer of the image and press Ctrl + Alt + Shift + E to create a new layer with the combined version of the image. Select Filter> Texture> Texturizer (Filter> Texture> Texturizer) and apply a texture to the image Canvas (Canva).

You can reduce the effect by reducing opacity (opacity) top layer to reveal some details of the layers below.

The next time you plan to create a pictorial picture from your image, use Art History brush (Artistic archive brush) to create your own painting.

Author: Helen Bradley

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