Day at the Beach: Walking with a Dog - Oil Painting

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Tutorial: AKVIS ArtWork

Day At The Beach


The author of the tutorial Robert Bates writes:

AKVIS ArtWork enables you to make paintings from photos. You can make it look like a painting or give it a comics effect. For this tutorial I chose to make an oil painting.
Original photo Oil painting

First, I opened a photo of a dog on the beach in Adobe Photoshop Elements by clicking on File -> Open. Once the photo had loaded I selected the AKVIS ArtWork plug-in by clicking on Filter -> AKVIS -> ArtWork.

ArtWork Window
ArtWork Workspace

The window for the ArtWork plug-in opened and my photo was displayed with a preview square that showed how the photo would look with the default settings. It looked ok but there was too much detail. I wanted it to look like an actual oil painting, so I began to adjust the parameters.

The first I chose was Simplicity. This parameter affects the level of detail shown by the strokes in the image. The default level is 3 so I set it to 6. This reduced detail well, but actually a little too well. Still, I wanted it to look like an oil painting so I looked at other parameters. I changed the Stroke Curvature to 20, Stroke Thickness to 5, Stroke Intensity to 8, Stroke Density to 65, Microdetails to 20, and to add some vibrancy to the colors, I increased Saturation to 10.

I pressed the button to process the photo at these settings. A good result. I had reduced the level of detail with Simplicity, and then brought enough of it back with the other parameters, while maintaining the look of an oil painting. However, something was not quite right yet.

When I looked at the image I could see that the paint strokes were irregular. By increasing Simplicity I had removed the detail of the sand’s contours. How do we get those back? AKVIS ArtWork provides a solution. With the Stroke Direction tool , you can control the direction of paint strokes, as if you actually painted them yourself. In order to use it, go to the Before Tab and click on the pencil. This pencil is used to show ArtWork where you want paint strokes to go. Draw over the ripples in the sand with the pencil. Don’t use perfectly straight lines – try to follow the natural contours of the surface. You can check your work by selecting the tool to bring up a preview box, then move it over the area where you drew strokes. If you are not satisfied you can select the tool and add more lines, or erase some with the Eraser tool .

I took my time and drew over every contour I found, especially across the shadow left by the dog. Once I was done, I pressed the button to preview my work. You can see here how the stroke direction tool corrected the strokes across the shadows:

Without Strokes With Strokes
Without Stroke Direction Tool With Stroke Direction Tool

The tool worked great, but still there was an area I wanted to fix – the dog. The paint strokes for the dog’s hair were still irregular, so I went back to the Before tab and used what I had learned to draw strokes over the hair. I kept in mind how a dog’s hair rests on its body, the manner in which it flows.

I had at last assigned all the strokes I found necessary and pressed the button to process the photo. I was satisfied enough with the result to press the button and save the image in my photo editor.

Here is the result. Click on the image to see a larger version with the strokes more clearly visible.

Oil Painting
How It Works How It Works
   — Workspace — Workspace
   — Using the Program — Using the Program
   — Painting on a Canvas — Painting on a Canvas
   — Adding a Frame — Adding a Frame
   — Text and Watermark — Text and Watermark
   — Working with Presets — Working with Presets
   — Preferences — Preferences
   — Batch Processing — Batch Processing
Styles Styles
   — Oil Painting — Oil Painting
   — Watercolor Painting — Watercolor Painting
   — Gouache Painting — Gouache Painting
   — Comics Effect — Comics Effect
   — Pen & Ink — Pen & Ink
   — Linocut — Linocut
   — Pastel Painting — Pastel Painting
Examples Examples
   — Harmony: Oil Painting Portrait — Harmony: Oil Painting Portrait
   — City Canal View: Oil Landscape — City Canal View: Oil Landscape
   — Animated Comic of a Cat: Make a Cartoon — Animated Comic of a Cat: Make a Cartoon
   — Emergency Cow: Make a Poster — Emergency Cow: Make a Poster
   — Greetings from Canary Islands — Greetings from Canary Islands
   — Summer Coloured Green — Summer Coloured Green
   — Casandra's Portrait — Casandra's Portrait
   — ArtWork for Art Students — ArtWork for Art Students
   — Day at The Beach — Day at The Beach
   — ArtWork Oil Gallery — ArtWork Oil Gallery
   — Oil Painting of Orchid Flowers — Oil Painting of Orchid Flowers
   — Miniature Painting — Miniature Painting
   — Still Life with Peaches — Still Life with Peaches
   — Work of Art from Flawed Photo — Work of Art from Flawed Photo
   — Antique Collage: Comics Effect — Antique Collage: Comics Effect
   — Baroque Architecture: Linocut — Baroque Architecture: Linocut
   — Ballet Art - Trying ArtWork Styles — Ballet Art - Trying ArtWork Styles
   — Human Flower (Gouache and Inking) — Human Flower (Gouache and Inking)
   — Oil Painting with a Hand-Drawn Effect — Oil Painting with a Hand-Drawn Effect
   — A Little Secret - Two ArtWork Styles — A Little Secret - Two ArtWork Styles
   — Mythical Horse: Watercolor Picture — Mythical Horse: Watercolor Picture
   — Forest Nymph — Forest Nymph
   — Ballet Dancers: Oil Painting — Ballet Dancers: Oil Painting
   — Portrait of a Lady: Modern Art — Portrait of a Lady: Modern Art
   — Sunset on Lake Garda in Pastel — Sunset on Lake Garda in Pastel
   — Creating  a Semi-Processed Image Effect — Creating a Semi-Processed Image Effect
   — A Holiday In Normandy — A Holiday In Normandy
   — Orange Door: a Comic-Like Painting — Orange Door: a Comic-Like Painting
   — Interior Design: Painting from Rendering — Interior Design: Painting from Rendering
   — Painting & Photography — Painting & Photography
   — Scrapbooking Ideas — Scrapbooking Ideas
   — Painting in Autumn Colors — Painting in Autumn Colors


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