Make photos look like paintings

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Boca, Jul 20, 2014.

  1. Boca macrumors 6502

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    I'm familiar with Brushstroke for ios, is there a similar app for mac? I think Photo shop had I believe Oil Paint but I don't have PS and really don't need or want a high priced bit of software. Just want to play around and learn how to turn some of my photos into watercolors or impressionistic looking pieces. Any suggestions appreciated. Thank you.
     
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  3. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    There are a LOT of them. Some are simple "one click" apps and others give you a lot of control. One of the better ones that gives yo a lot of control is by Corel Painter. You can get it free bundled with a Wacom tablet and you WILL need the tablet.

    The app store is cluttered with the "one click" type apps.
     
  4. Boca thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks so much. Decided to follow the desire to play around with "painting" on my ipad and forget, for now, using mba.
    Have great day.
     
  5. needfx macrumors 68040

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    since you do not intend to make money from this software but only to play around, you could look into finding photoshop & illustrator by less law abiding means
     
  6. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    It is hardy worth it to pirate those apps. Yes you can do it. But the learning curve is so steep. It takes months to get to the point were you can use photoshop & illustrator that the cost in your TIME is som much more then the cost of the Adobe CC rental fee.

    If you don't have a professional requirement best to use something simpler.

    Simpler cheaper is http://www.pixelmator.com for image editing and Inkscape for use in place of illustrator.

    Painter works well too for what it does and is free with a Wacom.
     
  7. bhtwo macrumors 6502a

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    Yep... Corel Painter and a tablet is the way to go.
     
  8. bhtwo macrumors 6502a

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    My first go with Painter, a detail of my Bluebells shot.

    No tablet.

    [​IMG]

    Not too bad...?
     
  9. needfx macrumors 68040

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    nope, not at all!:)
     
  10. TheBeastman13 macrumors regular

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    I'm going to try some mixed media technique I hope will work. I'm going to use Photoshop to mosaic, pixelate, or what ever works best, my photographs, then I will replicate (or rather, attempt to replicate) those pixel layers onto canvas or paper with paint or charcoal pencil by hand.
     
  11. AngerDanger macrumors 68040

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    I really need to get my mind out of the gutter…
     
  12. bhtwo macrumors 6502a

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    ?
     
  13. TheBeastman13 macrumors regular

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    Bluebells= blue balls(in his mind)
     
  14. Boca thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Very nice. Thanks all for the input. I've tried the "one clicks" and it's fun but I would like some more control. Time=knowledge as some have posted so I will put some in.
     
  15. snevesgraca macrumors newbie

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    Synthetik Studio Artist 4.0

    An alternative to Corel Painter is Synthetik Software Studio Artist (http://synthetik.com). Studio Artist provides powerful tools for image and video effects compositing. I see it as a framework for digital arts, as opposed to the relatively narrow scope of most competing and affordable applications. Trying out some of the few thousand of preset effects on your own image will give you a sense of how powerful it can be. In particular, the Gallery Show menu call - a continuous run of randomized effects - will quickly show you mesmerizing variations. Beyond presets, custom effects can designed, and as can be attested by its user guide, this application provides lots of functionality for learning and expert usage.
     
  16. WKWalker macrumors newbie

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    Painting photos with hands is something very cool as it is one of the mode of creative expression. I think you should go for charcoal painting as it is the most professional and well recognized way of painting. Charcoal is also a good way of learning gray gradients and lighting techniques.:)
    [​IMG]
     

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