Create a Gouache Painting from a Photograph

Gouache Painting

The Gouache effect lets you create a gouache painting from a photo.

Gouache is a versatile painting technique which uses dense intensive colors. The gouache strokes are quite visible and the paints are almost opaque: it's possible to overlap light colors with dark and vice versa. Its characteristics are brilliance and opacity. The opacity feature and covering power allow you to create outstanding effects that can not be achieved with the watercolor paints. This technique is widely used in decorative painting and when creating color sketches and drawings.

Original ImageGouache Painting From Photo
Gouache Painting From Photo
(Hover the mouse over the picture to see the original image)

The Painting tab in the Settings Panel contains the parameters for converting a photo into a gouache painting.

 

Primary Strokes:

Density (0-200). This parameter affects the approximate number of the brush strokes in the image.

Few Strokes More Strokes
Density = 20 Density = 100

Min/Max Stroke Length (1-1000). This parameter covers the full range of possible stroke lengths. Stroke length is controlled by the position of two sliders on the same scale: the left slider sets the minimum stroke length while the right slider controls the maximum stroke length. You will see only the strokes greater than the minimum and shorter than the maximum settings.

Short Strokes Long Strokes
Min/Max Stroke Length = 1/50 Min/Max Stroke Length = 50/500

Stroke Thickness (1-100). This parameter affects the width of the strokes.

Thin Strokes Wide Strokes
Stroke Thickness = 5 Stroke Thickness = 85

 

Additional Strokes:

Density (0-100). This parameter affects the approximate number of the additional strokes. The higher the value, the more details will be drawn on the picture.

Few Additional Strokes More Additional Strokes
Density = 20 Density = 70

Min/Max Stroke Length (1-200). This parameter covers the full range of possible stroke lengths.

Short Strokes Long Strokes
Min/Max Stroke Length = 1/30 Min/Max Stroke Length = 50/180

Stroke Thickness (1-20). This parameter affects the width of the strokes.

Thin Strokes Wide Strokes
Stroke Thickness = 2 Stroke Thickness = 15

 

Effect Parameters:

Blurring (0-100). This parameter makes the edges of the brush strokes more blurred, smoothens unevenness, and creates the illusion of paint thickness.

Sharp Strokes Blurred Strokes
Blurring = 35 Blurring = 90

Deviation (0-100). This parameter determines the deviation of the strokes from the default direction. If its value sets to 0, the strokes are drawn following the edges and contours of the original image. When its value is increased the direction of the strokes becomes more random.

Default Direction Accidental Direction
Deviation = 0 Deviation = 80

 

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