Create a Gouache Painting from a Photograph

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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


Additional Tools:

To improve your result you can use the Post-Processing Tools: and .

Note: they are only available on the After tab and only under the Home Deluxe and Business licenses.

  • The Smudge tool is used to manually edit the processed image, for example, to refine the image by removing paint irregularities.
  • The Blur tool reduces image sharpness by decreasing color contrast.

Attention! If you switch to the Before tab and run the processing again, the changes made with these tools will be lost!

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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