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How can I create a convincing oil painting from a photo?


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Hello all,

(Gosh first post!)

Firstly I have to say what an amazing forum, I'm very new here and have just started experimenting with paint.net . I have learned tons of tricks reading through the threads, there are some very talented people here! Thanks for everyones input here.

OK, so I have a question.

I am looking to try to make a photograph into more of a convincing painting. On its own the oil painting effect doesn't quite do it. I have been playing around with various effects and have had some better results.

Here are a couple that I did.

From this.

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to this

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and from this

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to this

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Does anyone have any hints or tips to help make a convincing painting.

What I'd really like to reproduce would be something as close as I can get to this style of original period painting, (sorry dont know the artist so cant credit it)

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Thanks in advance for any help you can give.

Best wishes!

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You can get a different canvas texture look by adding two top layers.

Fill them both with black/white Trellis fill using the Paintbucket tool.

In Layer Properties (F4) set one layer to Multiply,

the other to Additive and adjust the Opacity of each as you like.

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Thankyou Sarkut, I will play around with that idea for sure.

I found that if I overlay a pencil drawing effect onto the oil paint effect it gives some better definition to the smaller details of the image, like faces etc. I still want to try to improve the effects but I think its getting closer to what I want.

Here is one that I did that is closest to where I am aiming to be

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Thank you both!

I am still a new user of PDN, I can have a go at explaining how I have done my paintings, there is probably a shorter way of doing most of the steps, but this is how I do it!

Firstly I have 2 copies of the picture I am working on, on the first one (my main painting) I apply the oil paint effect, depending on how much detail is in the picture I play around with the oil settings. I usually go for something with a large brush at first as a background with fairly low coarsness.

When I am happy that it looks OK, I go to the other copy of the picture (my working copy) and do another oil paint effect on that, I usually go for a much smaller brush and less coarsness.

When I am happy with the level of detail and can see all the shapes I want in the subjects I copy that picture into a new layer on the first one (main painting). I then play around with the layer property opacity settings to get something I am happy with, I quite like the "overlay" or "normal" settings for this part, but different settings can work. I like to see some of the larger brush strokes with the smaller ones showing on top. It gives a nice effect showing different level of detail in the brush strokes and more of a real painting feel. I then flatten the image

Next I go back to my working copy and undo the paint effect to revert it back to the original photo. Then I apply a pencil sketch. I like to have a large pencil tip size. I play with the range setting until I get all the details I want to see in the finished painting. Sometimes I may need to use a white paintbrush to get rid of pencil strokes in places I dont want them, such as sky or some background things.

Then I paste the pencil sketch in a new layer onto my main painting and again play around with the layer properties. Here I find that "overlay" or "multiple" usually work best for me with opacity at 255. Again I then flatten the image.

I might sometimes add another layer of pencil sketch, depending on what other details I want to see.

Sometimes I want to add a colour wash to certain areas of the painting, to maybe darken a background or discolour something to age the picture, I add a new layer then scribble with a brush in the colour I want over an area then apply a gaussian blur to just discolour the area I want. I dont always discolour.

Then I need to apply a canvas background to give it the full painting effect. I get my canvas and paste it into a new layer. I usually use multiple setting and turn down the opacity to somewhere around 115 so i can see enough canvas through the painting to give it the right effect. The I flatten it.

Lastly, sign your painting and you are done!

I hope that this makes sense, as I said I am a new user and am learning all the time.

Here is the canvas that I use, feel free to use it if you want.

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Here are a couple more paintings I did today.

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I still am not 100% happy that they look like a convincing painting, but its getting there. I am sure some of the more talented people here can make something far more realistic.

Thanks again,

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