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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.
- 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
Skill Level Intermediate
- Hi. I'm John Derry. Welcome to Digital Painting, Transforming a Portrait. In this title, I'm going to introduce you to the concept of interpreting a photographic portrait and transforming it into an expressive, hand-painted work of art that you can proudly hang on your wall. I describe the specifics of portraiture, focusing on the subjects, rendering skin, painting the lips, mouth, and teeth, detailing the eyes and refining the hair.
We will be using both Adobe Photoshop CC and Corel Painter X3 for this project. Photoshop for the image preparation and finalization, and Painter for the expressive, interpretive brushwork. 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.