Make a Portrait Painting from Photos in Photoshop

Portrait painting can enhance a digital photograph. These methods can give you some great pictures; they are easy to learn, and use with other effects to make your pictures really advanced. To get the best from using portrait painting in digital art, you will have to have a few spare hours in which to learn and practice this technique, and an image or images which you are happy to use (and that are not irreplaceable if they become distorted or damaged during the learning process).

Step 1: Upload Your Picture

Before you can start to create portrait painting from digital images, you will need to select a suitable photograph or two, and ensure that it is uploaded to the computer in a convenient and easily found location. When you have the picture on your PC, remove the device from which the image was downloaded and open Adobe Photoshop software. Click the File button found at the top left hand side of the program screen. You will then be able to locate a second tab called New Image. Click this button, and Adobe will open up all of the usable pictures on your computer. Find the image you selected earlier, and press Select. The chosen photo will then be taken to the Adobe Photoshop work table.

Step 2: Prepare the Photograph

When you have uploaded the picture into Photoshop, you will have to start working on the image  so that you can give it a suitable size and shape to work on while you are creating the portrait painting effect. You will need to adjust the photograph so that it is the right size. You should make the image around 1.3 megapixels in size. This can be enlarged once you have finished the image enhancement. You then create a second layer of your image using the duplicate method, that is, by pressing CTRL+J, or by dragging the background image into the New Layer part of the Layers box.

Step 3: Paint the Layer

You will first need to set the colors or the layers, with the top layer in gray and the background layer in white. Once this is done, you should select the top layer. Using the Filter button, find the Sketch drop down box. Select Chalk and Charcoal, and slide the charcoal to 5, the Chalk to around 20, and the Stroke to 0 or 1. In the layers palette, set the top layer to Luminosity, and then combine the two images.

Step 4: Apply Finishing Touches

When this is done, click on the Filter button again, and this time select Artistic. From this box, click on Paint Daubs. You will need a smallish brush, around 2 or 3, and the sharpness to 5. You should then make another layer from your new image, and go into artistic again. Click on Underpainting, and then set the Texture Coverage to 20 and the Scaling to 100 percent. Make another image from the background, and then Multiply using the Layer tab. Flatten the images together, and save.

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