Photoshop Tutorial: Transform Photos into Beautiful, Impressionist Paintings

Photoshop Tutorial: Transform Photos into Beautiful, Impressionist Paintings


Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
I’m going to show you how to quickly transform your landscape photographs into the look of impressionist paintings.
You can also apply it to your other photographs, as well For the color palette, we’ll use the
impressionist painting, “Sunset in Venice” by Claude Monet.
You can download it from the link I provided located in the video description or
project files. Open a photo you’d like to use.
We need to resize it for the best results. Go to “Image” and “Image Size”. Make the Resolution: 150 pixels per inch and the Height: 720 pixels. Since the Height and Width are linked,
the Width will change to another amount. To fit it onto your screen, press Ctrl + 0 on a PC or Cmd + 0 on a Mac. Make two copies of your image by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + J twice. Go to Image, Adjustments and Match Color.
Make the Luminance and Color Intensity: 100 and the Fade: 0. Open Source and choose “Monet”. Then click OK. Next, we’ll add an impressionist style texture. Go to Filter, Pixelate and Pointillize. Make the Cell Size 3. Reduce its Opacity to 50% and click off the eyeball to hide the layer. Click on the thumbnail of the middle
layer to make it active and go to Filter and Oil Paint. If you have CS5,
you can go to the Adobe site and download “Pixel Bender”,
which is similar to the Oil Paint filter or you can go to Filter, Artistic and experiment with those filters. The
results won’t be exactly the same as the Oil Paint filter, but some of them will still give you an
impressionist look. Once the Oil Paint filter opens,
make the Stylization: 10… the Cleanliness: 2… slide the Scale all the way to the left
and the Bristle Detail all the way to the right.
The Angular Direction is irrelevant since the Shine is zero. As before, go to Image, Adjustments and Match Color. Make the Source image “Monet”
and click OK. Invoke “Auto-Tone” by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + Shift + L and then “Auto-Levels” by pressing Ctrl + Alt + L on a PC or Cmd + Opt + L on a Mac.
Then, click OK. To see the final result, make your top layer visible.
If you feel a color is too vibrant, use your Sponge Tool
to desaturate the color. To increase or decrease the brush size, press you’re right or left arrow keys
on your keyboard. Make sure the Flow is 100%. Let’s say you want to desaturate
the red colors in this area. Just brush over those areas. When I toggle back-and-forth, you can see the difference you can see the difference. Have fun
transforming your outdoor photos into the look of beautiful, impressionist
paintings. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
Thanks for watching!

64 thoughts on “Photoshop Tutorial: Transform Photos into Beautiful, Impressionist Paintings

  1. I downloaded pixel bender and installed it but it doesn't show up in my filter menu. It said the destination was CS5 but I can't find it? 

  2. Thank you so much for these tutorials! I'm the dumbest person when it comes to using photoshop, and these tutorials are SO CLEAR and I love how it takes you step by step through the process. 

  3. For some reason my option for "Pixelate" is greyed out, so I cannot access anything under it? I have tried EVERYTHING to do with image size, single layers etc… I don't know what it could be? This is CS6, thanks.

  4. I'm using Elements 12. Unable to find the Image>Adjustments>Match Color Dialog box. I tried Photomerge and that didn't seem to work…

  5. Hello!!! Is the direct link Pixel Bender filter download on the Adobe site ,of the zip file in the video description FREE ??Or not?
    Thank You  very very much.

  6. I was wondering what other Monet-like images could you recommend and what are the specific requirements for image sources?

  7. I am trying to do this and it is running so slow…took over an hour to download my pic to the right size and now I am waiting again…any suggestions…I have a new laptop and photoshop cs6 and it works fine any other time

  8. Marty, in honor of Star Wars 7 coming on the 18th, you should make a video on how to do the Star Wars poster effect !

  9. Excellent tutorial. Marty does a great job. Straight to the point, yet detailed & clear steps. Right pace, not too slow, not too fast. Great material

  10. I use CC 2014 and it seems Oil Paint is not supported(?). I went ahead & installed Pixel Bender from the link provided for Windows but Pixel Bender does not show is PS. Can someone help?

  11. I cant use "Oil Paining". It says "Graphics…" I dont know what, I already closed it.
    Does it have anything to do with my graphic card?

  12. I'd very much like to know if you think there's any way of replicating this result for video? just matching the colour pallet of Monet paintings specifically.

  13. This is really interesting, thanks. When I open the Monet file, it asks what working space I want to use. Which one do you think works best?

  14. Oil Paint is grey for me. I don't understand why. I am using CC and I followed all your instructions but it won't allow me to use the oil paint option. Please help.

  15. Thank you, this is the first tutorial that comes with perfect narration, so helpful and so easy on the ear. Wish you do more…

  16. Nice, top work, and really fast. If u have like me the free CS2 version, u can take for oil paint gimp with gmic.

  17. This was really really nicely done. The instructions were so clear and the final result was beautiful ☺️

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