Raster Self-Portrait Workday

If you finished today. Try some photoshop/illustrator tutorials at http://psd.tutsplus.com/ or other sites of your choice. I have a few links below for you or discover your own! You may also choice to experiment with the Wacom Tablets. 

Realistic Fried Egg Painting Tutorial in Photoshop http://psd.tutsplus.com/tutorials/painting/fried-egg-painting/

Realistic Hair Painting in Photoshop http://psd.tutsplus.com/tutorials/painting/paint-realistic-hair/

Digital Painting Procedure

  • Log on to a public domain image website and select an image to conver to a digital painting. You don’t want an image with a lot of tiny detail. You do want in image with some kind of background. The image must be at least 500 pixels on one or more sides.
  • Open the image in Photoshop
  • File>Save As: “Painting_FirstLast.psd”
  • Duplicate the “Background” layer by dragging it to the duplicate layer button
  • Rename the top layer “Painting”
  • Click Filter>Filter Gallery
  • Choose a filter that will begin to make your photograph look more like a painting. Don’t choose a filter that will make your photo too blurry, too dark, or too abstracted. Adjust the sliders to the right of the filter gallery to fine tune any filters. Click OK
  • Using the Wacom tablet, select the Smudge tool (hidden tool behind the Bur [tardrop icon] tool).
  • In the control panel, set the Strength to 100%
  • In the control panel, select a brush that is organic (looks like a smudge or scattered dots). This will make your smudges look like brush strokes.
  • Choose a bursh size that will allow you to have some control without being too big or too small.
  • On the “Painting” layer, position your Wacom pen over an area of your photo
  • Touch the pen to the tablet and drag it. This will smudge the pixesl in the direction you drug the pen. This will create the bursh stroke look.
  • Repeat this over every area of the photograph to produce what looks like a completely painted serface.
  • Save
  • Copy “Painting_FirstLast.psd” from your home folder and past in the “Art” drop folder.
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