Airbrush Painting Effect: Creating Artistic Illustrations

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Tutorial: AKVIS AirBrush

Airbrush Painting Effect


Airbrushing is a painting technique based on the use of a special airbrush tool. Since it’s a touch free technique, it allows an artist to add light strokes, minor details, and blurry edges. The result is impressive and looks great, often reaching photographic quality and incredible realism.

This technique is widely used for adding graphics to cars, motorbikes, and helmets, for decorating mobile phones, computers and home electronics, for creating T-shirt designs or fingernail art. Airbrushing makes it possible to turn any regular item into a work of art. It has already become a new trend in modern art. Airbrush paintings look great and catch the eye with unprecedented clarity and level of detail.

AKVIS AirBrush lets you create stunning airbrush pictures from photographs. In the Painting tab of the Settings Panel you can adjust the parameters for the photo-to-painting conversion.

Airbrush Painting Effect
Airbrush Effect
(Move your mouse over the image to see the original version)


Effect Parameters:

Detail (0-100) defines the level of detail in a painting. Decreasing the parameter creates the blurring effect.

Blurring effect More details
Detail = 10 Detail = 90

Sharpness (1-50) changes the color contrast between adjacent pixels. The higher the value, the brighter lines and boundaries are.

Small value of Sharpness Intensive sharpening
Sharpness = 5 Sharpness = 40

Smudging (30-200) adjusts the intensity of how the paint is smearing. Increasing the value you can change the effect from a photo realistic picture to a simplified drawing.

Slight smearing Intensive smudging
Smudging = 40 Smudging = 160

The parameters in the Shading group make areas in a picture darker, as if dark paint was added. Depending on the selected range, the changes will affect only certain colors.

Choose which areas will be processed:

    Shadows - the darkest areas of an image;

    Midtones - the middle tones of an image;

    Highlights - the lightest areas in an image.

Darkening an Image in Different Ranges:
Shadows Midtones Highlights
Shadows Midtones Highlights

Lightness (0-100) adds lighter shades of paint to an image.
This option is not available for the Multicolor mode.

Without lightening Maximum Lightness
Lightness = 0 Lightness = 100

Contrast (-25 to 25) increases (at values greater than 0) or decreases (at values less than 0) the difference between light and dark areas of the image.

Low Contrast High Contrast
Contrast = -20 Contrast = +15

The Spray group imitates the paint dispersion by adding tiny droplets and slanting lines.

    Intensity (0-80). The parameter determines the amount of noise. The higher the value, the stronger the spray texture is.

    Weak Noise Intense Noise
    Intensity = 35 Intensity = 80

    Smoothing (0-100). At lower values the noise appears as tiny dots. At higher values it takes the form of slanting lines.

    Weak Smoothing Intense Smoothing
    Smoothing = 30 Smoothing = 100

    Angle (0-180). The parameter sets the inclination angle of the line, along which the effect will expand to the image (measured in degrees clockwise from the x-axis).

    Lean Left Lean Right
    Angle = 30 Angle = 115


The Colors group lets you adjust colors for the picture.

Note: Color changing is available only for Home Deluxe and Business licenses.

There are three color modes:

  • Original Colors. The image is processed using the original color range.

    Original Colors
    Original Colors

  • Monochrome. The image is processed using one color. Also, you can choose a background color. Set the color of the paint and the background using two color squares.

      To change the current color, click on the square and select a color from the standard dialog.

      Use to reset colors to default (black and white), to reverse the paint and background colors.

    Monochrome Painting
    Monochrome Painting

  • Multicolor. The image is processed using five colors. Their shades sequentially replace the light, medium, and dark colors. You can swap the colors in cells by dragging with the mouse.

      Click on Autofill to automatically fill three middle color cells based on the values of the first and the last cell.

      Click on Random to fill the color cells with random colors.

      Click on Reset to restore the black and white color range.

    Multicolor Painting
    Multicolor Painting
How It Works How It Works
   — Workspace — Workspace
   — Using the Program — Using the Program
   — Airbrush Painting Effect — Airbrush Painting Effect
   — Canvas — Canvas
   — Frames — Frames
   — Text & Watermark — Text & Watermark
   — Presets — Presets
   — Preferences — Preferences
   — Batch Processing — Batch Processing
Examples Examples
   — Design Your Own T-Shirt — Design Your Own T-Shirt
   — AirBrush Gallery — AirBrush Gallery
   — Improving Oil Effect — Improving Oil Effect
   — Femme Fatale: Sin City Poster — Femme Fatale: Sin City Poster


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