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Tutorial: AKVIS ArtWork

Harmony: an Oil Painting Portrait


The program AKVIS ArtWork is designed to imitate different painting techniques. In this tutorial we will convert a photo of a girl into an oil painting.

    Original image Result

Note: We use the ArtWork plugin in this tutorial, but you can take the standalone edition and use the same parameters to achive this result.

Please follow these steps:

  • Step 1. Open an image in your photo editor (if you use the plug-in) by calling the command File -> Open.

    Original image
    Original image
  • Step 2. Call the plugin version of AKVIS ArtWork. In Adobe Photoshop select the menu item Filter -> AKVIS -> ArtWork; in Paint Shop Pro select the menu item in Effects –> Plugins -> AKVIS –> ArtWork; in Corel Photo-Paint select the menu item Effects -> AKVIS -> ArtWork.

    A sample of the image processed with the current preset will be shown in the quick preview area. The default values usually offer a good result, but you can adjust them to fine tune the result.

  • Step 3. Adjust the parameters of the Oil style.

      Simplicity = 3 (a value higher than 3 will smooth away the stripes on the sweater).

    To make the strokes more expressive increase their length, width and curvature:

      Stroke Curvature = 71;
      Max Stroke Length = 37;
      Stroke Thickness = 6.

    Default settings Large strokes
    Default settings Large strokes

    For the strokes to be apparent, increase the value of the parameter Stroke Density, it will increase the number of strokes. If a random stroke is out of place (for example, across the nose), and the Stroke Direction is not available, you can change the value of Stroke Density until you get the best version.

      Stroke Density = 86;
      Stroke Intensity = 5;
      Microdetails = 15.

    The image will look better if we make the colors brighter:

      Saturation = 25.

  • Step 4. Click on to process the image with the new settings. The result will be shown on the After tab.

    Processed image
    Oil Painting
  • Step 5. Add an inscription on the Text tab. Put the image into a frame and the painting is ready.
  • Step 6. Click on to apply the result of conversion and close the plugin's window.

    Oil Painting
    Oil Painting in a Photo Frame
    (click on the image to see a larger copy)
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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