Create painted effects
Follow Dan Mold’s three painterly effects to create digital masterpieces in Photoshop and Elements.
Three quick and easy artistic techniques to produce digital masterpieces.
Technique 1 Turn photos into line art
Open your shot into Photoshop or Elements and hit Ctrl+J to duplicate the layer, leaving the original image unaffected by edits. Hit D to set the foreground colour to black and the background colour to white. In the Filter>Filter Gallery expand the Stylise folder and click on Glowing Edges. Set the Edge Width to 1, Edge Brightness to 20 and Smoothness to 8 and then hit OK to apply it. Hit Ctrl+Shift+U to desaturate the image. You now have a predominantly black image with a white pen line effect, but if you hit Ctrl+I, that will invert and leave a black pen on white paper effect. Finally, hit Ctrl+L to bring up the Levels panel and adjust the sliders in the panel until the effect looks right.
Technique 2 Black pen effect
Hit Ctrl+J to duplicate your image and preserve the original, then go up to Filter>Filter Gallery. Press D to set the foreground colour to black and background colour to white, as these colours will affect the filter you’re about to use. Now expand the Sketch folder and choose the Graphic Pen filter. As a base, set the Stroke Length to 15 and then tweak the Light/Dark Balance until you like the contrast of the result – this was 95 for our Norwegian landscape. You can also play around with the Stroke Direction to change the angle of the pen lines. Charcoal and Chalk & Charcoal will also give moody mono results.
Technique 3 Get the Gouache look
Open your shot into Photoshop or Elements and hit Ctrl+J to duplicate the background layer to preserve it. Working on the duplicate layer, go to Filter>Filter Gallery and then expand the Artistic folder and choose Poster Edges. Set the Edge Thickness to 7, Edge Intensity to 3 and Posterization to 4. You can adjust these sliders to get the painterly effect looking exactly how you want it, then hit OK to apply it. Now make the colours even more vibrant and painterly by hitting Ctrl+U to bring up the Hue/ Saturation panel. Boost the Saturation to +30 and hit OK.