Friday, July 24, 2015

"Step by Step Digital Impressionism" Corel

Tree and Foggy Trail

This began as a photograph from Unsplash Free Downloads. It was a Trail leading off into the fog, with a prominent Tree. I wanted a Watercolor look but an Impressionistic Style. I opened it in Corel Painter Photo Essentials 4. I selected the Impressionistic Style with a Watercolor Brush and applied a partial auto paint to it. I then used the Impressionistic Dry Brush to add to the Style of the image.

After that had completed I used the Hard Cloner Brush to paint in details to the Tree and the Trail. All this in Impressionistic Colors. I saved the large iteration as a TIFF file. I opened it in Corel PSP Pro X3.

Here I applied the Smart Photo Fix to the entire image, adding brightness and contrasts to it with a bit of sharpness. I added my signature as a layer and used the property Lighten for transparency. I merged all layers and saved that file.

As the image had its own fullness of color I did not change the Saturation at all. I resized the image for display in Image, Resize. This I saved as a JPEG.

Corel Painter Essentials 5 has been on sale for around $39.00 on various sales sites. I am tempted to buy it but am saving up for an 8.4" Samsung Tablet. So I am hanging onto my money for now.

I would recommend it to anyone who wants to turn photographs into paintings, or paint from scratch. It is a good program from the Corel Painter group.

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