On a nice Summer day I was walking along the city canal when I was overcome with an irresistible itch for painting. I did not have paints and no easel, and, to be quite honest, my landscape studies had never excited my drawing teacher at school. But I had a camera with me, so I took a photo of the view. Then, using the program AKVIS ArtWork, I converted my photo into an oil painting. The result was just the painting I had in my mind.
AKVIS ArtWork Deluxe was used when creating this tutorial. The Deluxe/Business version (in contrast to Home license) has a Stroke Direction tool . This tool can do wonders!
You can download the images in full size to compare the result with and without this feature: a zip-archive with three files 1st-result.jpg, 2nd-result.jpg and 2nd-result-with-canvas.jpg.
Please follow these steps to create an oil painting from a photo:
The image will be loaded into the workspace and, if it is large, scaled to fit the Image Window. To avoid a visual distortion effect, it is recommended to set the scale to 100%.
I would like to paint my landscape in an expressionist manner, in large strokes. Actually most painters do not try to make a photographic reproduction of the reality, they do not reproduce every minor detail. So I increased the value of the Simplicity parameter. This parameter simplifies the image by reducing the level of detail. The strokes are rougher and the image looks more like a painting. You can notice that at Simplicity = 6 the level of detail is quite reasonable.
|Default Settings||Simplicity = 6|
To make the image brighter, we increase the value of Saturation to 15.
|Oil Painting||On Canvas|