Photoshop CS5 Painting Assistant turns photos into artwork|
(Monday, May 24, 2010 - 12:57 EDT)
Russell Preston Brown, Senior Creative Director at Adobe Systems Inc., has released a panel that guides users through the steps of creating a painting from a photo using Photoshop CS5.
Mentioned on the blog of John Nack, Principal Product Manager for Adobe Photoshop, the new panel doesn't seem to be linked from elsewhere on Russell's site, but is now available for download as a zip archive, and is described in detail in a QuickTime tutorial video. The painting is created in a six-step process, from opening the source image to saving the final result. In between, the panel automatically creates and arranges layers as necessary, allowing the user to simply focus on the painting process. The artist first creates a rough painting, then fills in some detail through an intermediate layer, and finally recovers further fine detail where needed before the result is automatically flattened and sharpened. The process relies on two additional brushes which are installed along with the panel, and use of a Wacom tablet is recommended.