Neoteric Photography aims to explore photography in an age where the image is everywhere. The image has become prolific yet easily forgotten. Hoping to find something to hold onto, something that will survive longer that it takes for pixels to appear upon a screen.
Tuesday, 17 November 2020
Building on Digital Skills: Photoshop & Painterly Effects
I have used Photoshop for many years, however, as I am sure is the case with most people, I use the same tools and functions of Photoshop all the time and rarely do new things. So considering this photoshop rut that I am in and wanting to expand on my skills I considered carefully what I would like to do on Photoshop that I have never really tried. I have a love of all kinds of art and so I thought it would be great to learn how to create a painterly effect on my images perhaps for a project.
As is usual with photoshop there are usually many ways to do the thing I want to do so let's try something out! Here is the first youtube tutorial I looked at:
Unusual Slider to Create Painterly Effect in Photoshop! by Piximperfect
Now I will follow this and show you my own process of following this instruction.
First I need an image I would like to work with. I will use this one here:
I am now opening Photoshop and adding my image. The first step was to create a background copy of the image and this is what I have done here.
Next I go to filters and convert for SMART filters and I click ok. I then go to filters and camera RAW filter and then a new dialog box appears
The next instruction on the video was clearly in a different version of Photoshop to my version so I can see what the man is doing but now I have to work it out on this version - the 'luminance' that he is using does not appear as it does on the video
I, therefore, begin to improvise I go instead to grain and increase this, then to texture and increase this, and then to clarity which I reduce and then I reduce dehaze and reduce the contrast. All of this adds a soft effect to the image
The rest of the video seem to do just what I did and play with the filters etc. So I thought okay I have not learnt that much! But here is the final image...
It is basically softened and perhaps does look slightly more 'painterly' however I think I want something a little stronger here and perhaps more complicated than manoeuvring some sliders and filters!
This was a good start and so I will now continue to investigate further options to build upon my Photoshop skills.
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