Effects With Deep Paint
by Paula Sanders
have had a few inquiries as to how I was able to create
pictures that had either a watercolor or impressionistic
effect. I have found that tutorials can encourage creativity
as well as stifle it. I believe that a tutorial should
show the users the basic steps by pointing them in a general
following is a short tutorial on how to create "Impressionistic"
Effects using Deep Paint. If after using it, you have
any question, please e-mail me at [email protected]
- I compose a picture in an image editing package using
Adobe Photoshop 5.5. The picture should not have a tremendous
amount of small details but should have areas of bright
colors. Photographs containing fall foliage work very
- I normally work at a resolution of 300 dpi. The smaller
the file size, the easier it is to work with Deep Paint.
While I usually stay away from drastic resampling, I do
use resampling when working with Deep Paint.
I have found that a file size of under 5MB works very
well. I select from the My machine is a Pentium III 500,
with 500MB of Ram, but this file size will work very well
on slower machines with less memory.
- I prefer to use Deep Paint as a stand alone program.
I imagine my methods would work if Deep Paint were used
as a plugin filter for Photoshop. Possibly, the procedure
would even be simpler. However, I found that I preferred
to use Deep Paint as a stand alone and thus, have outlined
my system accordingly. In Deep Paint, I open a PSD file
and set it up so it is a cloning source.
- I create my own set of cloning brushes to mimic the
basic texture or shape of an object.
- I separate the image into components such as sky, foreground
rocks, foreground foliage, etc. and work on each individual
When I am satisfied with a section, I save it without
the clone source (I delete the clone source layer) as
a tif or psd file.
- In Photoshop, I delete the white background, feather
or modify the selection and cut and paste it into the
original Photoshop file of the image.
It is necessary to resample the original file so that
its dimensions are the same as the file created for Deep
Paint. Because of the way Deep Paint works, this resampling
will not negatively effect the quality of the final print.
I leave this small image as a separate layer. When I have
created a new layer for each object in the original picture,
I then use tools from Photoshop to make any visual changes
that appeal to me.
The changes I use most are opacity, sharpening, curves
or levels, and blurring.
- Lastly, I then merge all the layers together and evaluate
the whole file. As can be seen, I only used a portion
of the original image. Click on the picture to see more
created using Photoshop and Deep Paint.
Paula Sanders 2000
more images using this technique, click here