Saturday, July 21, 2012

How I did it

Because Lorraine from With a grateful prayer and a thankful heart asked me to share how I did my painting of Duke in photoshop elements I thought I would throw together a semi coherent tutorial.

I'll attempt to show you how I created this picture


I'm using photoshop elements 7 and working with the impressionist brush. I don't know which other versions this is available in. Sorry about that.

Any way, to begin open up the picture you want to use. This will work on any picture you want. Duplicate your layer. The duplicate is the one you will be doing all the work on.

In the tool bar go to your brush tool, right click to bring up the menu and choose the impressionist brush


At the top of your screen choose your brush. All of them will give  you different looks and you can play around to see which one you like the best. I found though that a smaller size brush works the best. Here I chose one of the wet media brushes.


On the duplicate layer just start dabbing around your picture. It's not going to look like much at first but have fun with it. Remember if you don't like what you did control z is your friend :)
When you think you're done go over to the layers pallette and change the blending mode on the duplicate layer to darker color (you can chose a different blending mode if you prefer). 
Now you're done. If you want a stronger effect, just go back over the duplicate layer with the brush and dab around some more until it looks the way you want it.

Not much of a tutorial but I hope someone finds it useful.

17 comments:

Out on the prairie said...

Lovely concept, I get closer and closer just watching you.

Chatty Crone said...

It is amazing to me wast you are doing! sandie

EM Illustrator said...

That's a very beautiful effect :)

Duni said...

I have to try this! I haven't done much with effects, so thank you Ann for sharing this!

SweetMarie said...

It's really pretty! I love when you share your secrets! :)
Have a great weekend!!!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

What a great tutorial. I love coming here to learn so many wonderful ideas and your expertise on 'the arts' of computer paint programs. Tho I have paintshop pro, I can still use your ideas to form some techniques with my program. Heck, I played with the 'scribbler' over an hour yesterday, just PLAYING and scribbling!!!

LDH said...

Oh, Thank you!!!

allotments4you said...

Hey Ann...this all seems very complex to me so I think I will just be admiring your pictures rather than having a go myself"! After a couple of busy weeks I am finally relaxing in front of the computer and catching up with you all. Sorry it's been so long since my last visit and hope to see you over on my blog when I get around to writing a post...which hopefully will be today!!

Donna said...

That is a cool technique! Unfortunately, CS6 doesn't have the impressionist brush available. I guess this is one of the differences between the two programs!

Sandee said...

I don't have photoshop so I won't be doing this. I'm not crafty so even if I had photoshop I'm mess it up. I was born with an anticrafty gene.

Have a terrific day. My best to Duke. :)

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Wonderful! Wish I would take the time to learn this, but I'm always too busy flitting around the internet.

A Quiet Corner said...

You are too sweet for sharing, Ann! THank you!...:)JP

Donna said...

Thanks!!! Really like the photo!
Hughugs

BeadedTail said...

You made it sound pretty simple but I have a feeling I'd mess it up. We have Photoshop 5 so I'll see if I can play with it.

I love the birthday card you made!

Rose said...

Thanks for the tutorial! This is a beautiful effect.

Marg said...

Oh I need to write this down. I am trying to learn Photoshop. This is interesting. Thanks Ann.

Lin said...

I love this! After I saw Duke's photo, I want to do one of Grace or Hobbes. Thanks for showing me how!

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