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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 artist's 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.
So here's our finished image, and I mentioned at the outset of the course that I might want to compare what I did during this course compared to what I did with the same image previous to the course, just so we can see the differences between mood, and feeling, and how I was performing. All of those things go into what constitutes a painting and how you approach it. So here's the image we just finished, and there's the image that I did before. So there's some major differences. In this case, it's much brighter, it's got more saturated color.
I also cropped this in such a way that the castle is much larger in the image. Now let's go back and look at the other one. Here it is, and actually I have put a filter on it. That's what it looked like when we finished it. I went ahead and I thought it'd be interesting to try to match up with the other one a bit. Here is truly the one that I did, and just having looked at the other one, I realized, oh, maybe this a little muddy, a little dark. So, here's one of those cases of where waiting a while and looking at something, you may benefit from it.
So now, seeing the other one and looking at this I realize it stands well to have applied a little bit of a curve to it, to brighten the overall image up. The other thing is, the castle is smaller in the image. That environment that it's in this, this country scape seems much larger and what it does is it tends to make this castle seem more isolated. Maybe that improves this by giving that sense of isolation that this one lacks a bit, because there's not much going on against the edges of the castle.
The landscape is somewhat diminished by the fact that it's been cropped out. You'll never do the same image exactly twice, it will always come out differently, even if it's the same subject as I've shown you here. It's not robotic, it's always different, And that's your emotion and feeling entering into the image. And hopefully, some of that is communicated in the final artwork.
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