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Barry Sell
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United States
Photographer / Digital Artist

Please visit my website below. I am trying to see how many visitors from different country's I can get.

My digital paintings begin as digital photos.  I use Corel Painter Essentials, Photoshop PS5, and Topaz Filters to transform them into digital paintings.

1. Using Photoshop CS2, I clean up the photo, sharpen detailed areas and removing anything I do not want in the final painting. Re-size to desired printing size. Save and exit.

2. Open the edited photo in Corel Painter12 and decide the style of painting to create. Configure the painting process. Pick textures, Brush sizes, canvas styles, etc. Start the auto paint process. Stop the process when the photo details are starting to take shape, leaving some unpainted areas.

There are many brush styles and settings to customize the look. Use the manual paint brushes to brush in the unpainted areas and blend the rough transitions. I work the detailed areas to clean up any unwanted brush strokes.

When the painting is almost finished add the texture and lighting effects.  Depending on the desired look I may use more than one type of painting style in Painter.

Save as RIF and PSD formats. Close the app.

3. Open the PSD file in Photoshop. Remove any unwanted effects from the painting. The painted layer and the original photo layers are both included in the PSD file. I apply multiple Topaz filters to enhance the painting layer to my liking.

Once I'm happy with the effect. I move the painted layer above the original photo layer and set the painted layer mode to overlay. Turn on the original photo layer on and lower the fill opacity to 10-30% to bring some of the detail back into the image but not enough to over power the painted layer.

This process may be repeated to increase more detail. Add a new layer on top and add my logo. I made a custom brush of my logo to make it easier to reproduce.  Save the PSD file and then save a JPG version for DA.

This is the condense version. The painting portion often has hundreds of steps of brush strokes.

Happy Painting.

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fiorinosulaco Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
Happy Birthday! Airborne 
photoman356 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you
han23 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for the :+fav: forAmy Pond :heart::dance:
opeyuvadown Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Your stuff is awesome! If you haven't already, please consider uploading any fan art you may have to our fan art site, Fan Art International: [link]
photoman356 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you
IndigoRavenlily Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You've been featured! [link] :happybounce:
photoman356 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
IndigoRavenlily Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconhappyfellaavatar:you're welcome :heart:
RiffRaven Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the fav into your folder, but i don't think the cat was falling :P
BlackZarak Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
happy birthday!
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