How to get a fine Art portrait with painterly effect in Photoshop
In this Fine Art video tutorial I'm going to show you how to transform your photo into an old master painting by using a digital background in Photoshop.
There are many ways to obtain a painterly style, I show you one that is easy to do and gives a markedly artistic result.
I use one of my digital backgrounds (at the end of the post I give you the link to the item) but the technique can be used with any background that is pictorial, or even with a texture used as a background.
A few notes about the video:
The process of extracting the model from the original photo is not included in the video, you can see how to do this in other video on my channel: https://youtu.be/uvZJtrmKSg0
At minute 5:12 I use the Levels tool to redistribute the gray range. This procedure is not explained in the video, but below you can find a detailed step-by-step explanation of how to do this. I advise you to do it, since it is simple and gives very good results in any image, you get a precise contrast and a more intense color.
How to get precise contrast and well-saturated colors?
Use Levels Tool to Redistribute the gray range
From minute 5:12 you can see in the video how to do this redistribution.
We are going to locate in the image a pure white pixel and a black one
How? easy! we are going to use the dropper icons found on the right side of the panel.
The dropper icons will indicate where the pure black and white colors are in the image.
Here you have the step-by-step explanation.
To locate the black and white colors of the image we are going to do the following:
1 - With the Alt key pressed, slide the white controller until the image shows you pure white pixels. When these appear, release the slider.
2- Select the white eyedropper again, and pressing Alt, locate the white pixel and click to mark it.
You have already indicated the white color of the image to the tool.
Now repeat the same procedure to find the black pixel.
1- With the Alt key pressed, slide the controller until you see black pixels in the image
2- When the first black pixels appear, select the black eyedropper, press the Alt key, locate a black pixel and click to mark it.
As you can see, the tool has distributed the grays throughout the image, obtaining a precise contrast and well-saturated colors.
I hope this video tutorial inspires you and is useful to create wonderful images!