This tutorial created by Andre Villanueva illustrates (no pun intended) a workflow for using AKVIS ArtWork to give your editor collage work a stunning, hand-painted look with literally just a couple of clicks.
- With the appropriate layer active, press the button at the bottom of the Layers panel.
- Using a soft-edged brush with black as your foreground color, paint out the areas you don't want. Black will completely hide areas, while shades of gray will provide varying levels of transparency.
- Don't worry if you accidentally mask out an area you DO want to keep: just switch your foreground color to white and re-paint the area back in.
- Create a new layer at the top of your stacking order.
- Use commands: Ctrl+A, Ctrl+Shift+C, Ctrl+V. This will stamp all visible layers onto that new layer.
- Go to Effects -> AKVIS -> ArtWork.
- Experiment with the myriad styles and settings - it's fun! The author is especially impressed with the Oil - Expressive style. This is what was used for the example piece.
- Click the After tab to process the image and see it with the current settings applied.
- If you are satisfied with the results, click the button at the top. If you want to experiment further, keep adjusting the sliders.
- After clicking that button, you will be taken back to editor, and the layer will now have the AKVIS ArtWork filter applied to it. Cool!
- For added realism, create a new layer above the stamped layer and add some organic brush strokes using the Color Brush tool, and blend colors with the Smudge tool.