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Photoshop : Producing a painting from a photograph

Woodland to Lino cuts image 1
Nikon D7000, 18-200mm lens, iso 100
Grange Crag walk, Co Tipperary
Landscape photography: Nigel Borrington

A very different post today, For many weeks I have just posted photographs and it remains my main interest here but I just wanted for a little time to talk about Abode photo-shop and an application called My-paint.

Art has always been of a big interest to myself and I view all my images as a form of artistic production, some people don’t see photographs as art they are to much of a completed process or they don’t see any artistic process involved in the taking of images using a camera. To a point I do get this view, however I think the speed and directness of a camera can offer results that a painter or an artist with a pencil will not capture.

Here I post some result from working with a photograph in adobe camera raw and then photo-shop, in order to produce more developed results. In the first of the images below I have converted the photograph into black and white then using photo-shops levels and curves tools I have increased the brightness and contract until only the outlines of the trees exists.

In the third image down I have taken one of these black and white images and over painted it with photo-shops brush tool adding layers of different colour.

The last image and painting is taken from the second black and white image loading it into an application called My-paint, this is a free painting tool and is packed with great brush and pen tools. Using it I have created lots of layers of different colours and opacities in order to produce the final result.

Woodland to Lino cuts image 8

Woodland to Lino cuts image 1

Woodland to Lino cuts image 6

Woodland to Lino cuts image painted 22

18 responses

  1. cd1972

    Great result!

    July 19, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    • Hello CD…

      Many thanks , very pleased you liked them πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      July 19, 2013 at 12:23 pm

  2. Photos close to home

    Thanks for posting this. It seems like a great way to shake me up and get me going again. Have lost my enthusiasm for photography lately.

    July 19, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    • Hello πŸ™‚

      We all go through that a little, I always think taking pictures is about the subjects we love and keeping moving forward with those things can be harder sometimes than others. We all have dryer times.

      Thank you for your comments and I am very pleased you found this post helpful, pleasure to share πŸ™‚


      July 19, 2013 at 1:29 pm

  3. Great to keep stretching and experimenting with your medium – whatever it may be. I always love the puddles of light in a wood which which you have captured here so well.

    July 19, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    • Hello Chas πŸ™‚

      Thank you, we are having a long dry summer here and the woodland paths offer some great shade. Yes the light through the tress is great to see, I did my best to keep the sketches light and not to full of detail, I hope I got some of that feeling of light in there.

      July 19, 2013 at 1:33 pm

      • Hope you can keep taking your images to another level Nigel. Enjoy the summer – our last one was a bit too hot and toasty by the end.

        July 22, 2013 at 12:49 pm

      • πŸ™‚

        July 23, 2013 at 10:01 am

  4. Thank you for sharing and for the mini lesson! Really neat effects…

    July 19, 2013 at 3:16 pm

  5. artscottnet

    A fascinating different post, Nigel. Well done.

    July 19, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    • Hello Scott πŸ™‚

      That means a lot form yourself, I love your paintings so that great to get such feedback, Thank you πŸ™‚

      July 19, 2013 at 6:45 pm

  6. How fascinating. Thanks for sharing your process. I love the end result. Cheers.

    July 19, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    • Hello Elen πŸ™‚

      Thank you, Very happy you enjoyed the post πŸ™‚

      July 20, 2013 at 10:43 am

  7. This is great Nigel … It opens up a new field of work mixing the paint & photograph mediums that many of us love. Thanks for the inspiration to try new things. Wes.

    July 19, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    • Hello Alien πŸ™‚

      Thank you and I would love to see what you can do with this, I have had a good go with lots of images and everyone turns of very different . I want to get going on things like cyanotype and other printing method in order to produce paper prints.

      July 20, 2013 at 10:58 am

  8. 1annecasey

    Very cool!

    August 1, 2013 at 1:05 pm

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