It’s amazing how much Photoshop has changed since the first time I used it many years ago. Although at the time, it wasn’t a very fun experience for me because — the computers were too slow to run the software properly. The Mac computers at the university lab had only 10 mb of Ram or something like it and 80 mb of hard drive!! And it was considered top of the line computers for its time.
At first I was very excited about Photoshop’s painting filters but because of the slow computer process speed and depending on the filter selection — it took up to 30 minutes of waiting just to see the result of the effect. Needless to say, painting with Photoshop back then wasn’t very productive and I never used it as a painting medium again until a few years ago.
Can you believe the file size of the this lily painting I’ve created is 152 mb! I know, pretty crazy when you think about how the computers are today. Unlike my previous experience with the Photoshop, it was a fast and fun process to turn the lily photo into a painting.
Here are the steps I used to achieve the painterly look.
1. Make a duplicate layer of the main photo.
2. I added a dirt pattern layer over the photo. This gives it some texture and contrast.
3. I added a painting layer and use the smudge tool with various brush sizes.
4. I just follow the original photo and
smuge paint away. Make sure to keep all the high lights, shadows, mid-tones as close to the photo as possible.