Whether it be an oil painting, watercolor or work of mixed media, find out how you can transform your photo into a stunning work of digital art using the available tools in Topaz Labs. Read on to discover eight different ways to spark your creative workflow.
1. Turn Your Photo into a Digital Painting
The grandfather to Topaz Impression, Simplify uses a scale space algorithm to reduce the details in your image, rendering all kinds of digital art, including oil paintings.
One main difference between Simplify and Impression is that Simplify produces more graphic results, whereas Impression produces more realistic looking paint strokes.
This tutorial shows you how you can go beyond the basic presets in Simplify, working with the module sliders to customize the Edge and Simplify features to your exact taste when creating a digital painting.
2. Create a Coloring Book Effect
An extremely fun way to revamp your imagery, I can’t promise that you won’t be trying this technique on a multitude of your images in the days to come.
3. Create an Impressionistic Painting
While Simplify renders more graphic results, the technology in Topaz Impression was taken from actual brush strokes that were scanned into the program’s algorithm.
With Impression, you have the ability to control the size and application of the brush stroke to your exact taste. You can even add a texture by choosing from one of over seventy backgrounds.
In this tutorial, learn how to mimic the Impressionists and create your own impasto inspired work of digital art.
4. Create a Mixed Media Look with Impression
Mixing different media together, like charcoal with pencil, or watercolor with acrylics, allows for the ultimate creative application in turning your photo into digital art!
5. Charcoal and Pastel Effects
While Impression contains one-click effects for instant results, the selective parameters can be used to customize a work of digital art to your taste.
6. Watercolor Effects
Bonus: find out just how easy it is to create a watercolor effect using Simplify. The results rendered between Impression and Simplify differ, so it’s up to you as to which you prefer to use for a watercolor effect.
Perhaps try stacking both effects to create something uniquely yours!
7. Cartoon Creations with Clean
While Clean is better known for its skin smoothing abilities, it also can render digital art results. Watch the video above to learn how you can apply Clean to create a cartoon type of look.
8. Using Topaz Glow for Unique Digital Art
If new to Glow, check out this beginner’s guide for some useful tips on how to apply the program for different sorts of looks. You’ll be surprised at the array of different results that can be created.
Just don’t forget about using opacity and blending modes, as well as layer masking to selectively apply the effect.
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