Blog10 Part 1: Art Programs to use when painting photos
NUMBER ONE The first program I use to create my paintings is Photoshop. (CS5 at the moment). All content changes are made there. All telephone poles go...all flowers multiply...all skies become interesting. I try to make a good photograph. NUMBER TWO To start to eliminate detail from a photo so it will make a good painting, I use the plugin Topaz Labs\Topaz Simplify 3 from http://www.topazlabs.com/ Here is the Original Photo...Below is the version AFTER Photoshop removed the basketball hoop AND the Topaz plugin eliminated some details. NUMBER THREE I then reach out to the internet for a great tool for harmonizing colors. http://www.colorschemedesigner.com/ Here's how I use it:
In Photoshop, choose a dominate color in the picture with the eyedropper and enter the color picker. Copy the hexadecimal number (Ex: da8860) and enter Color Scheme Designer...paste in the box "Enter the RGB Value". Suddenly you are privy to LOTS of information and it's all free! This program gives you a complement, triad, tetrad etc. I usually choose triad. I do Printscreen and save the file in photoshop as colors.psd. This is a great GUIDE to the color palette for this picture...nothing exact...just a quide. It does tell me only my blue needs a color shift. In Corel Painter I will make a palette from this colorset for my image.