Use Photoshop to transform photos into stylish, painterly scenes with this arty technique. Although it looks complex, it’s surprisingly easy to achieve…
Our editing pro shares a technique for creating impressionist images
One of the most appealing parts of digital imaging is it allows you to freely explore the potential in a picture.
Sometimes this is obvious, as you already have your mind set on the journey you want to take it on. But other times, a new idea can spark a completely unique treatment for an image – and the one we’re about to cover will take your shots in an entirely new direction.
The result of this project is somewhere between a photo and a piece of fine art, and there’s tons of flexibility built in to allow you to really get expressive. Just like a genuine piece of hand-crafted art, you’ll get a different finish every time you do it – so even when you use the same base image, each attempt will have a different feel and flavour. The technique works on all kinds of different pictures, but the best results will be obtained from those with strong shapes and vibrant colours.
The good news is that, provided you have these bases covered, it doesn’t matter too much what you’ve captured the image on. Because the resolution is disguised by the arty effect, you can get a great result whether you shoot on a pro-spec DSLR, a compact or even a smartphone.
When you come to print your image, why not try using a textured, heavyweight fine-art paper to get a great finish? The textured surface of the paper will blend with the digital texture you’ve created in your image, and will make the arty effect all the more authentic.