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Enhance A Photo By Making A Painting

by on Jan.23, 2011, under Tutorials

Enhance A Photo By Making A Painting

Beginners Tutorial

This tutorial is  aimed at beginners and in this free course, I will show you how to enhance a photo by making it a painting.
So we start by grabbing a photo that we would like to use, in this example I have used a photo of James Bond ( Daniel Craig ).

This is a totally unedited photo ( well not by me anyway ).

Find a photo – Step 1

james bond original photo step 1 Enhance A Photo By Making A Painting

Original Photo of James Bond

Duplicate Layer – Step 2

So we need to duplicate your original photo, we do this my making a layer over the top of the original photo. On your PC, Right Click on your original photo layer ( on the right hand side of the screen ) and click Duplicate Layer or goto the menu Layer -> Duplicate Layer.

duplicate layer step 2 Enhance A Photo By Making A Painting

Duplicate Layer

Filter Gallery Menu – Step 3

So with your new duplicate layer selected, you now need to goto the Filter Gallery Menu as shown below. Filter -> Filter Gallery.

filter gallery menu step 3 Enhance A Photo By Making A Painting

Filter Gallery Menu

Paint Daubs Settings – Step 4

Now this is the effect we are going to use “Paint Daubs”. And try experimenting with different settings, but for this photo I am using the settings

Brush Size: 4
Sharpness: 5
Brush Type: Simple

and it gives slight and subtle  enhancements that really brings the photo out and gives it that “POP” that some people talk about.

paint daubs settings step 4 Enhance A Photo By Making A Painting

Paint Daubs settings screen

Finished Edited Photo – Step 5

And this is what we end up with, a nice photo with that pop. Really gives it more character in my opinion.

james bond edited step 5 Enhance A Photo By Making A Painting

Finished Edited Photo

Before & After Comparison

Look Closely and the before and after below. Which Do you prefer?

james bond before after step 6 Enhance A Photo By Making A Painting

Before & After Comparison

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