Summer Coloured Green: Oil Painting Landscape Out Of Photo

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Tutorial: AKVIS ArtWork

Summer Coloured Green: Oil Painting Landscape Out Of Photo


The author of the tutorial is David Kelly.

This tutorial explains how by using AKVIS ArtWork Home Deluxe plugin and its Stroke Direction tool (unavailable in the Home version) it’s possible to create images with an oil painting look that display subtle, realistic looking brush strokes, that where required, can be made to follow specific image contours.

    Original image Oil painting landscape
    Source image Oil painting landscape

ArtWork Home Deluxe’s ability to move and reshape pixels along the contours of lines drawn using its Stroke Direction tool, together with its other photo-to-paint conversion sliders enables users to create oil paintings from digital images that display more realistic, directional brush strokes. Where it’s necessary to create brush strokes that follow specific image shapes, e.g. hair and facial contours, ground furrows, tree lines, clouds, architecture etc., the Home Deluxe plugin’s Stroke Direction tool certainly does a good job.

Please, follow the steps below to create a realistic oil painting from a photo (the AKVIS ArtWork plugin was used in conjunction with JASC's ubiquitous Paint Shop Pro 9):

  • Step 1. Open original image in photo editor with the command File -> Open. This is a tree lined landscape photograph showing a section of picturesque Sheriffmuir, Perthshire, Scotland, with its rolling hillsides.

    Tree lined landscape
    Source image: tree lined landscape photo
  • Step 2. Call the AKVIS ArtWork plugin using the menu item Effects -> Plugins -> AKVIS -> ArtWork.

    Landscape in AKVIS ArtWork window
    AKVIS ArtWork’s plugin window
  • Step 3. Select the plugin’s AKVIS Default preset. The effect of these settings can be seen in the plugin’s preview window.
  • Step 4. Click on to process the image using the default painting parameters.
  • Step 5. Click the plugin window’s Before tab to activate the Stroke Direction pencil tool.
  • Step 6. Click the Stroke Direction tool , then pencil in stroke guide lines following specific contours within the original image.

    Deciding where in an image and at what angles to draw stroke direction lines will normally be determined by the image’s contents. However, as in any creative process stroke direction line placement may well be influenced by an individual’s own artistic interpretation.

    Change stroke direction in ArtWork
    Showing stroke guide lines
  • Step 7. Adjust the painting parameters.
  • Step 8. Click on to process the image using the new painting parameter settings.
  • Step 9. Repeat steps 7-8 in conjunction with the Navigator window’s Scaling slider to view the processed results until the required oil painting effect be achieved.
  • Step 10. Name and save the new painting parameter settings as a user preset.
  • Step 11. Click on to apply the changes. This closes the AKVIS ArtWork plugin to reveal PSP9’s workspace containing the processed image with its oil painting effect.

    Oil painting image
  • Step 12. Rename and save the new oil painting image as a TIFF file. It took me only 4 minutes to create my modest piece of art. I printed it on good paper and hung it on the wall in the dining-room.

Click images below to view larger versions. Save these to your computer to compare the delicate differences between the two ArtWork processed images, strokes.jpg and nostrokes.jpg. For detailed comparison purposes you will need to use image editing software that includes a Layers palette. Follow the instructions in the “Comparing results using Layers” section.

    Original version

    Strokes version

    No strokes version

    Original version A processed version (strokes.jpg)
    in which the "Stroke Direction" tool
    was used
    A second processed version (nostrokes.jpg)
    created using the same ArtWork
    painting parameters but without using
    stroke direction lines

Comparing results using Layers

  1. Load both image files into your image editing program; in my case PSP9.
  2. Copy Ctrl + C the “strokes” version.
  3. Make the “nostrokes” image the active image.
  4. Paste Ctrl + L the previously copied “strokes” image as a new layer on top of the “nostrokes” image.
  5. Click the top “stroke” layer’s Visibility Toggle to hide/show this layer (the strokes image).
  6. If necessary zoom in for a closer look.

Hiding/showing the “strokes” layer makes it easier to view the subtle but effective changes using the Stroke Direction tool can make to an ArtWork processed image.

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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