Lynda - Transforming a Photo into a Painting with Photoshop CS6

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Learn to think like a painter and render images that look like they were created with oils or acrylics, using the latest digital artistΓÇÖs tools. Author and artist John Derry introduces the process of interpreting a photograph into a painted work of art. He begins by explaining his system of visual vocabularies, which describe how to replace the visual characteristics of a photograph with that of expressive painting, and also shares the custom brush sets and actions he uses to achieve these results in Adobe Photoshop. The course also covers working with filters, layers, effects, and more to add further detail and texture.

Topics include:
Setting up a Wacom tablet
Removing lens distortions
Correcting distracting image elements
Making shadow and highlight adjustments
Simplifying details with filters and Smart Blur
Modifying color
Cloning layers
Using a traditional paint color swatch set
Using custom actions
Working with canvas texture
Creating physical surface texture effects
Painting with custom brushes


  Using the exercise files
  Installing custom content
  Setting up Wacom express keys
  Setting Wacom touch ring preferences
  Setting Wacom stylus preferences
  Division of labor: Image prep and painting

2. Photographic Reality vs. Expressive Interpretation
  Visual vocabularies
  The vocabulary of photography
  The vocabulary of painting
  Looking at reality through a mental painting filter

3.Image Preparation: Working with the Source Photograph
  Removing lens distortion with the Adaptive Wide Angle filter
  Removing distractions
  DonΓÇÖt be a slave to the original photograph
  Correcting image adjustments
  Telling a story with added image elements

4.Image Preparation: Modifying Tones
  The eye has a better sensor than a camera
  Adding natural shadows with Field Blur
  Using the Shadow/Highlight adjustment filter
  Using the HDR Toning filter

5.Image Preparation: Modifying Color and Detail
  Resolution is in the brushstrokes
  Using the Surface Blur filter
  Using the Displacement filter to add imperfections
  Using the Oil Paint filter
  Making tonal and color corrections

6.Using Nondestructive Layer Painting
  Nondestructive layer painting (NDLP): Your creative safety net
  Setting up the Mixer Brush cloning action
  Using cloning layers
  Working with adjustment layers

7.Working with Brushes
  Using tool presets and not brushes
  Categorizing and organizing brushes
  Using Sample All Layers

8.Expressive Interpretation: The Underpainting Layer
  You must destroy detail
  Establishing compositional structure
  Determining a style and sticking to it
  Painting in progress: Finishing the underpainting layer

9.Expressive Interpretation: The Intermediate Layer
  Understanding simplified indication
  Understanding color: Warm advances, cool retreats
  Painting in progress: Introducing texture to the intermediate layer

10.Expressive Interpretation: The Detail Layer
  The playΓÇÖs the thing
  Focusing on the subject through detail
    Using a traditional paint color swatch set
  Painting in progress: Completing the detail layer
  Adding surface texture effects

11.Expressive Interpretation: Final Refinements
  It pays to wait a day
  Adjusting your importance hierarchy
  YouΓÇÖll never paint the same thing twice
  Helpful resources and inspiration

Author: John Derry
Level: Intermediate | Duration: 4h 46m | Released date: Jan 03, 2013


*NOTE* - Only free exercise files are included in this torrent like brushes etc..
If you want all exercise files (psd's)go download from my other torrent..

00 Introduction/01 12.238 MB
00 Introduction/02 Using the exercise 558.756 KB
00 Introduction/03 Installing custom 4.984 MB
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