Emulate a Realism Painting with Photoshop

There are many ways in which you can enhance your pictures in Photoshop, from giving an image an old-movie feel to adding the traits of realism painting to a digital photograph. While all of these techniques give great images, they are not very difficult to learn, and you can use them with other techniques to produce greatly enhanced pictures. In order to get the best from your realism painting effect, you will need to have a bit of spare time, only a couple of hours or so, and some images that you can use and won't mind if they get damaged or distorted while you are learning the process.

Materials Needed

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Suitable Images
  • Spare time

Step 1: Uploading the Photograph

The first thing that must be done is to select a suitable photograph, and then make sure that it is uploaded to the computer at a suitable place. Once you have the picture on your desktop, open up Adobe Photoshop, and click the File tab at the top of the screen. There, you will be able to find another tab marked New Image. Click onto this, and you will be shown all of the available images on your computer. Find the picture that you have selected, and then press Select. The picture will then be taken to the Adobe work table.

Step 2: Preparing the Photograph

Once the picture is in Photoshop, you will need to start working on it, in order to give it the right attributes to take the realism painting effect. You should first resize the photograph so that it fits into the right box. You will need the size to be around 1.3 megapixels. This can be increased after the image enhancement is complete. You should then make up to three new images using the Layers box. The top layer should be in Color mode, the other two layers should be in Difference Mode.

Step 3: Painting the Layers

You should then select the Background, and open the Filter tab. Click on Pixelate, and then the Mosaic button. This will give the impression of depth to your picture. Now, hide the top layer, which is in color mode, and then select the background image again. Press the image tab, and then click Adjustments, and open the equalize box. Once you have accepted this chance, select the top layer and make it visible.

Step 4: Finishing

Once this is complete, go to Filter again, and click on the Artistic drop down box. Then click on Cutout. Adjust the edges until you get a satisfactory layer, and repeat the process until the dimensions of the picture really stand out. This is known as Popping, in photography. Adjust the picture by amending the Luminosity (found under the Edit tab). When you have the desired image, you should click Ok, and then save the image to your computer.