Miniature Painting: Add Oil Effect, Canvas and Frame to Color Drawing

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Tutorial: AKVIS ArtWork

Miniature Painting


The author of this tutorial is Nancy Knadler.

A unique quality of this tutorial, is that the image used was not a photograph, but a color drawing, which was transformed into an oil painting. With AKVIS ArtWork you can experiment with various styles and achieve an amazing result!

    Color drawing Miniature painting

Follow these steps:

  • Step 1. Open an image in Adobe Photoshop, or an image editor of your choice with the command File -> Open.
    Original image
    Original image
  • Step 2. In Photoshop, call the AKVIS plug-in by going to the Filter menu and choosing Filter –> AKVIS –> ArtWork. The image opens up in the ArtWork window.
  • Use Oil style and after experimenting set the following parameters:

    Simplicity = 9;
    Stroke Curvature = 100;
    Max Stroke Length = 85;
    Stroke Thickness = 20;
    Stroke Intensity = 8;
    Stroke Density = 90;
    Microdetails = 49;
    Saturation = 29;
    Relief = 50.

    Press to process the image.

    Oil painting
    Oil painting
  • Step 3. The author writes, that she was happy with the look of the image but decided to add a texture. Click on the Canvas tab and choose a texture using the following parameters:

    Scale = 100;
    Reflection checked;
    Brightness = 30;
    Embossment = 25;
    Reveal Texture = 30;
    Distortion = 0.

  • Press to process the image. The picture painted on canvas looks more expressive:

    Oil painting with canvas
    Oil painting with canvas

    Press to apply the changes and go back to Photoshop.

  • Step 4. Finally, author decided to add a frame by going to Filter menu again and calling up another AKVIS plugin AKVIS ArtSuite: Filter -> AKVIS -> ArtSuite.
    Framed painting in AKVIS ArtSuite
    Framed painting

    In ArtSuite, click the Frames drop down menu, choose the Classic Frame style and choose a textured frame that matches the color scheme of image with the following parameters:

    Frame Width = 24%;
    Texture Brightness = 100%;
    Checked Scale Image to Frame;
    Checked Average Brightness.

    Run the process , apply the frame and go back to Photoshop where you can save a new improved image.

    Miniature Painting
    Miniature with Bird (click to enlarge)
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
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   — 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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