Pastel Painting

The Pastel effect simulates a special artistic technique which bridges the gap between painting and drawing. The pastel sticks form soft velvety strokes with subtle edges.

Original Image Pastel Drawing from Photo
Pastel Drawing from Photo

The Painting tab contains the parameters for converting a photo into a pastel painting.


Effect Parameters:

Stroke Thickness (0-100) affects the width of the strokes.

Narrow Strokes
Stroke Thickness = 1
Wider Strokes
Stroke Thickness = 70

Min/Max Stroke Length (1-100) 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.

This parameter lets you create pastel works in a variety of styles: from sketches made with short strokes (as if with a thin pencil) to drawings made with soft, velvety strokes.

Short Strokes
Min/Max Stroke Length = 1/11
Long Strokes
Min/Max Stroke Length = 45/100

Stroke Intensity (0-100) affects the visibility of the strokes. Lower values will result in paler, weaker, and softer strokes. At higher values more paint particles are concentrated into each stroke, so they become darker, larger, and more noticeable.

Low Intensity
Stroke Intensity = 5
High Intensity
Stroke Intensity = 80

Density (0-100) affects the number of strokes on an image. The higher the value, the fewer unpainted areas there will be on a image. Once all gaps have been filled in, the strokes will begin to overlap in several layers, creating a glazing effect.

Attention: Setting the high values of this parameter can significantly increase processing time.

Fewer Strokes
Density = 5
More Strokes
Density = 80

Lightening (0-100) affects the number of white strokes superimposed an image. The higher the value, the the more light tones will be used.

Dark Tone
Lightening = 10
Light Tone
Lightening = 80

Smoothing (1-10) affects the structure of the drawing by thickening and smearing the strokes.

Weak Simplification
Smoothness = 2
Strong Simplification
Smoothness = 10


Additional Tools:

On the Before tab:

On the After tab:

Note: These tools are only available for the Home Deluxe and Business licenses.


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