From Flawed Photo To Work Of Art

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Tutorial: AKVIS ArtWork

From Flawed Photo To Work Of Art


The author of the tutorial is Robert Bates:

After reading how AKVIS ArtWork can be used to turn scans of old photos with defects into paintings, I decided to give it a try with one of my photos.

    Original Photo Painting
    Original Photo Painting
  • Step 1. Open the image in your graphics editor – in this case Adobe Photoshop.

    Original Photo

    The photo is in bad shape. It is very dark, has many dust specks and other defects, and has a texture which makes the image appear less than sharp. So before I can create a painting from it, I’ll need to make some corrections. The AKVIS Enhancer, Noise Buster, and MultiBrush plug-ins will be useful.

  • Step 2. Let’s brighten the image first. Call the AKVIS Enhancer plug-in (Filter –> AKVIS –> Enhancer). The plug-in’s workspace will open, displaying the photo.

    Enhancer Workspace
    Enhancer Workspace

    The photo is very dark, so increase the parameters Shadows and Lightness to the maximum setting, 100. Press to process the image and then to accept the changes and return the photo to the graphics editor.

    After Enhancer
    After Enhancer

    The result is an improvement, but the original was so dark that another pass through Enhancer would help. This time set Shadows and Lightness to 25.

    Enhancer Again
    Enhancer, second pass

    Now the photo is bright enough and the colors are more vibrant.

  • Step 3. Now we’ll draw our attention to the photo’s texture. As in many photos from this time, there is a strong “honeycomb” texture to the paper. This is not so apparent when looking at the original in an album, but on a monitor it is very obvious and distracting. We can reduce the texture using AKVIS Noise Buster.

    Call the AKVIS Noise Buster plug-in (Filter –> AKVIS –> Noise Buster). The plug-in’s workspace opens. Change the settings as seen below.

    Noise Buster Workspace
    Noise Buster Workspace

    Here's a closer look at the settings:

    Noise Buster Settings
    Noise Buster Settings

    This should be enough. I don’t want to remove too much detail, since I want to make a painting from this photo. You can see the image, before and after Noise Buster here.
    Before Noise Buster After Noise Buster
    Before Noise Buster After Noise Buster

  • Step 4. Now go on to the defects in the photo. There are many specks, discolorations and other damage due to a few decades of exposure to Texas humidity. We’ll use AKVIS MultiBrush to remove these.

    Call the AKVIS MultiBrush plug-in (Filter –> AKVIS –> MultiBrush). The plug-in’s workspace opens, displaying the photo.

    MultiBrush Workspace
    MultiBrush Workspace

    Select the Clone Stamp tool . To remove the specks and other defects, select the diameter for the tool that will work best for you, select an area near the defect with the ALT key and then left-click the tool over the defect.

    After making our way across the photo, we find a white spot next to the girl’s right leg. After removing it, the transition between her leg and the background is not smooth. What to do?

    Select the Blur Tool . Reduce the diameter of the tool and apply it with the left mouse button, making a few passes over the defect. You can scale up the image to make this easier. Now the transition is much smoother.
    Before Blur Tool After Blur Tool
    Before Blur Tool After Blur Tool

    The defects have been removed. Let’s move to the next step: turning this photo into a painting.

  • Step 5. Call the AKVIS ArtWork plug-in (Filter –> AKVIS –> ArtWork). The plug-in’s workspace will open, displaying the photo. A small quick preview area shows how the photo would look based on the default settings.

    ArtWork Workspace
    ArtWork Workspace

    After some experimentation, I choose these settings…

    ArtWork Settings
    ArtWork Settings

    ...but of course you can choose your own, it’s just a matter of preference.

    We can guide the paint strokes using the Stroke Direction tool . Select it and draw some guiding lines on the photo, where you think a change in stroke direction would look best.

    Guiding Lines

    Now press to process the image and if you are satisfied with the result, press to accept the changes and return the image to the graphics editor.

    Here is the result – an old photo turned into a work of art! You can click on the result to open a full size version and see the brush strokes in more detail.

    Oil Painting
    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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