Forest Nymph: Oil Painting Sample by Lisa Jane

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Tutorial: AKVIS ArtWork

Forest Nymph


This tutorial was made using Adobe Photoshop courtesy of Lisa Jane (USA).

AKVIS ArtWork can create images in a variety of painting styles. The author of this tutorial, the world renowned photographer Lisa Jane, shares her secrets for creating her postcards. In these postcards, full of mystery and magic, the subjects appear in the guise of fantasy characters. Other examples of the author's work can be seen at

    Original Image Result

Here's how to create an exceptionally beautiful portrait using AKVIS ArtWork.

  • Step 1. Open an image in Adobe Photoshop and make a copy of the layer (via Layer -> Duplicate Layer), to which the effect will be applied.

    Original Image
    Original Image
  • Step 2. Call the AKVIS ArtWork plug-in by choosing Filter –> AKVIS –> ArtWork from the filter menu.

    The quick preview window will show how the strokes would appear if the image was processed using the current settings.

    Use the Stroke Direction to clarify where brush strokes should be placed. These guiding lines can be applied using a tablet or a mouse.

    AKVIS ArtWork Plug-in Workspace
    AKVIS ArtWork Plug-in Workspace

    Once you are satisfied with the settings, you can save them as a preset. This preset was named after the pretty girl in the portrait, Haley.

  • Step 3. Press to process the entire image and then to apply the result.

    Oil Portrait
    Oil Portrait
  • Step 4. After the image has been returned to Photoshop, you can use a translucent Eraser (with opacity of about 40%) to remove parts of the upper layer. It lets you remove paint strokes from over the face. Not all clients want paint strokes on their face, so the author can make the necessary adjustments to the skin's texture.

    Eraser's Parameters
    Eraser's Parameters

    Layers Palette
    Layers Palette
    (processed layer on top)

    The result is a harmonious blend of painting and photograph:

    Final Result
    Final Result
    (click on the image to see a larger version)
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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