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Digital Painting: Transforming a Portrait

with John Derry

Video: Welcome

Transform a portrait or family photo into a piece of art worthy of framing, in this digital painting tutorial.
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  1. 3m 53s
    1. Welcome
      1m 33s
    2. Using the exercise files
    3. Installing custom content
      1m 45s
  2. 5m 37s
    1. A short history of the portrait
      1m 42s
    2. Tools of the trade: Software
      2m 38s
    3. Tools of the trade: Hardware
      1m 17s
  3. 13m 1s
    1. The Photoshop PSD format: Working in Photoshop and Painter
      6m 20s
    2. Layer painting: Building up the image nondestructively
      3m 44s
    3. Getting your artwork printed
      2m 57s
  4. 29m 39s
    1. First step: Know your final output size
      5m 30s
    2. Extending edges for gallery wraps
      8m 14s
    3. Remove distractions
      5m 20s
    4. Preliminary tonal adjustment
      10m 35s
  5. 18m 26s
    1. Maximize the subjects via background adjustments
      7m 39s
    2. Back-to-front progression
      3m 44s
    3. The background is not the subject
      7m 3s
  6. 34m 42s
    1. Limit clothing detail
      9m 9s
    2. Handling patterns: Toning down selective detail
      10m 43s
    3. Handling patterns: Restoring selective detail
      5m 46s
    4. Jewelry is an extension of personality: More detail
      9m 4s
  7. 22m 56s
    1. Skin: Practice how to blend
      5m 12s
    2. Dealing with blemishes
      8m 54s
    3. Hands have personality!
      8m 50s
  8. 50m 10s
    1. An introduction to the face
      2m 8s
    2. Painting a child's face
      9m 43s
    3. Painting a child's eyelids and eyebrows
      2m 24s
    4. Painting a child's lips
      2m 57s
    5. Painting a woman's face
      8m 23s
    6. Painting a woman's lips
      6m 19s
    7. Painting a man's face
      9m 17s
    8. Painting a man's mouth
      4m 58s
    9. Painting a man's beard
      4m 1s
  9. 24m 23s
    1. Painting a child's eyes
      10m 31s
    2. Painting a child's eyes: Final touch-ups
      6m 26s
    3. Painting a woman's eyes
      5m 42s
    4. Painting a man's eyes
      1m 44s
  10. 28m 46s
    1. Painting a child's hair
      9m 56s
    2. Painting a woman's hair
      6m 51s
    3. Detailing a woman's hair
      6m 49s
    4. Painting a man's hair
      5m 10s
  11. 27m 3s
    1. Final painting touch-ups: Background
      9m 1s
    2. Final touch-ups: Subjects
      5m 21s
    3. Using vignetting to focus on the subjects
      2m 56s
    4. Adding lighting to the subjects' faces
      4m 23s
    5. Final color and density adjustments
      5m 22s
  12. 32s
    1. Next steps

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Digital Painting: Transforming a Portrait
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Transform a portrait or family photo into a piece of art worthy of framing, in this digital painting tutorial with artist John Derry. John shares his library of custom brushstrokes and years of experience with you, and shows how to combine the powers of Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter to convert your snapshots into art. Learn to adjust the tone of the original image; paint skin, eyes, and hair; minimize the background; and add subtle vignetting. Plus, John shows you how to bundle and submit your image to online services that will print your painting on canvas.

These techniques work with subjects of any age or skin tone, and are perfect for memorializing moments a photo can't quite do justice to.

Topics include:
  • Building the image nondestructively
  • Extending the edges of your image for gallery wraps
  • Removing distractions
  • Handling patterns
  • Making preliminary tonal adjustments
  • Blending skin
  • Adding lighting
  • Using vignetting to focus on the subjects
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Painter Photoshop


(MUSIC). Hi. I'm John Derry. Welcome to Digital Painting, Transforming a Portrait. In this title, I'm going to introduce you to the conept of interprettting a photographic portrait. And transforming it into an expressive, handpainted work of art, that you can proudly hang on your wall. I described the specifics of portraiture, focusing on the subjects, rendering skin, painting the lips, mouth, and teeth, detailing the eye's, and refining the hair.

We will be using both Adobe Photoshop CC and Corel painter X 3 for this project. Photoshop, for the image preparization and finalizaiton. And Painter for the expressive, interpretive brush work. I will share with you my brushes and non-destructive techniques, teaching you how to apply them to execute your own unique, artistic vision. Using one of my brushes, John's Just Add Water, you can smooth out photographic detail and replace it with hand-painted brush strokes.

We will go through the process of painting eyes, and adding convincing catch lights that add life to your subjects. I will demonstrate how to submit your finished portrait to a service bureau for printing to canvas. If you've got a favorite portrait image, your child, spouse or family, you can take your picture from digital image to printed masterpiece. Let's get started with Digital Painting: Transforming a Portrait. (BLANK_AUDIO) (BLANK_AUDIO)

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