Airbrush Painting Effect: Creating Artistic Illustrations

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:

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

Lightness (-50..100) adds lighter shades of paint to an image.

Without lightening Maximum Lightness
Lightness = -30 Lightness = 70

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.

Smart Contrast. The check-box adds shadows and highlights to the image and redistributes the colors so that the image appears more prominent and expressive.

Check-box is disabled Check-box is enabled
Check-box Smart Contrast is disabled Check-box Smart Contrast is enabled

 

The Colors group lets you adjust colors for the picture.

Note: Original Colors mode and Multicolor mode are available only for Home Deluxe and Business licenses.

There are three color modes:

 

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