To create a digital painting is a fairly uncomplicated task in Topaz Simplify. While there are many custom curated effects that will revamp your image with a single click, the objective of this tutorial is to understand the core technology behind the Simplify plug-in so that you can create art that is distinctively yours.© Greg Lindenbach
We’ll be working from the right hand panel of Topaz Simplify where selective adjustments will be made to create a digital painting. No presets will be used, only settings and parameters on the right side. The predominant panels we’ll be working in to get the desired results include the Simplify, Adjust and Edges modules.Simplify 4.1 Interface
The technology behind Topaz Simplify uses scale space algorithms to close off holes and eliminate details, thus allowing for the depiction of paintings, line drawings, water colorings, cartoons and so on. So if you’re in a creative mood, follow this tutorial to effortlessly convert your photos into digital art!
How to Create a Digital Painting
1. In Photoshop open your image and duplicate the layer (ctrl/cmd + J).
2. Select Topaz Simplify from the Photoshop Filter menu.
4. In the right hand panel under Global Adjustments, select Edges.
You’ll see the blank white canvas transform into a line sketch:
If you prefer to only work with the body you can work in Base mode, but be sure to switch back to Combined to add back in the edges before pressing OK.
10. Expand the Simplify panel and increase the Simplify Size somewhere between 0.20-0.40 and you’ll start to see details removed. Bring the Feature Boost to 1 or 2 and you’ll see details and features start to be brought back. The image is starting to look more like a painting:
You will notice that the RGB colorspace produces a more dramatic color effect, while YCbCr tends to shift the color less. Color artifacts will become more muted and natural when converted to YCbCr mode.
12. Expand the Adjust panel and make basic adjustments as your image requires. For this image I increased the saturation and saturation boost. If you image appears to be flat or soft, increase the structure slider to add more depth.
After a few tries you should have this down by memory. I followed this method a couple of times to produce different results. Here are the two creations I made back to back that vary only slightly:
Here’s the final result:
Adorning your image with artistic effects in Simplify is quite easy and this tutorial shows only one aspect of what can be done within the program. Rather than just applying a preset and pressing OK, next time you’re in the program try mixing up the selective adjustment sliders to form something truly unique and your own!