10 Step Painting Effect With PS Elements 5

I opened up a copy of an older photo this morning and played around with a painting effect. I think with a little more tweaking this could produce some fun images.

Here’s the photos and the how tos… enjoy!


Step 1 — make basic corrections and enhancements as you normally would.

Step 2 — copy photo to a new layer and name it “color layer”.

Step 3 — add a Hue/Saturation adjustment Layer, layer->new adjustment layer->hue/saturation. Adjust the hue/saturation and lightness to see well-defined edges, you can make changes to this layer later if you need additional color.

Step 4 — select your “color layer”  and click filter->blur->smart blur. Adjust radius and threshold to smooth out the inside areas and retain sharp edges. Click OK.

Step 5 — duplicate the “color layer” and rename it “outline layer”. “Outline layer” should appear above the “color layer”. Remove color from the image and create contrast, enhance->adjust color->remove color then enhance->adjust lighting ->contrast move contrast slider to increase the contrast in your image.

Step 6 — now create the black outlines, filter ->stylize->find edges.

Step 7 — combine the color image with the black and white image by changing the blending mode. Try different modes to see what works well for your images, such as multiply, darken color, or hard and soft light.

Step 8 — duplicate “outline layer” and adjust contrast as needed and once again find the edges, filter->stylize->find edges.

Step 9 — adjust the contrast and hue/saturation on each layer until you are happy with the final results.

Step 10 — flatten the final image and give it a new name!

I think this would look better if the original image had a smoother texture than the limestone walls of this courthouse. And perhaps if it had been a little better image to begin with. 🙂

You can see a larger size copy of the final image here, it really does look better in a larger size.

If you have tried out a similar painting technique please feel free to post a link to your instruction and final images in the comments!


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