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Transform Normal Portrait Image into Artistic Painting in Photoshop

psdvault Photo Editing Dec 14, 2012

Step 1

Create a new document sized 1000px * 1000px with black background. Load the the model image into Photoshop and draw a rough selection around this image below, with the Quick Selection Tool:

1 sel Transform Normal Portrait Image into Artistic Painting in Photoshop

Copy and paste the selection onto our document, flip it horizontally and resize as shown below:

1 flip 500x525 Transform Normal Portrait Image into Artistic Painting in Photoshop

Apply the following Surface Blur filter settings:

1 surface blur Transform Normal Portrait Image into Artistic Painting in Photoshop

Then apply the following Unsharp Mask filter:

1 unsharpen mask Transform Normal Portrait Image into Artistic Painting in Photoshop

Use a soft eraser to remove the top right hair area, and you will have the following effect:

1 effect 500x617 Transform Normal Portrait Image into Artistic Painting in Photoshop

Step 2

We will now add image adjustments layer to give this model some painting effect. On top of this model layer, add the following 3 adjustment layers:

Levels

2 lv2 Transform Normal Portrait Image into Artistic Painting in Photoshop

Curves

2 curves Transform Normal Portrait Image into Artistic Painting in Photoshop

Color Balance

2 midtones Transform Normal Portrait Image into Artistic Painting in Photoshop

2 highlight Transform Normal Portrait Image into Artistic Painting in Photoshop

and you will have the following effect:

2 effect 500x591 Transform Normal Portrait Image into Artistic Painting in Photoshop

Step 3

We will draw some abstract hair pattern to add some extra flavour into the image. We will use the Pen Tool to draw a work path as shown below:

3 pen tool 500x310 Transform Normal Portrait Image into Artistic Painting in Photoshop

Pick a soft round brush from the brush panel:

3 soft round Transform Normal Portrait Image into Artistic Painting in Photoshop

Stroke this work path with this brush, make sure you tick the "Simulate Pressure" option when stroking. Duplicate this brush storke layer a few times, resize and rotate them to form a shape as shown below:

Hint: you can hit Ctrl + U to bring up the Hue and Saturation tool to adjust the colour of the duplicated layer. I used red and dark yellow colour on my image, but you're free to expriement your own colour scheme.

3 dup 500x305 Transform Normal Portrait Image into Artistic Painting in Photoshop

Merge this layers into one layer, then keep duplicating them unitl you have a massive amount of hair as shown below. Then we again merge them into one single layer, apply some liquify filter effect to the edges of the hair to give it some flowing effect:

3 liquify 500x299 Transform Normal Portrait Image into Artistic Painting in Photoshop

Move this layer to sit below the original model layer:

3 dup more 500x324 Transform Normal Portrait Image into Artistic Painting in Photoshop

Duplicate the merged hair layer once more, and reduce its size, attach it to the lower part of the head as shown below:

3 dup 3 500x344 Transform Normal Portrait Image into Artistic Painting in Photoshop

Step 4

Continue duplicate the merged hair layer, and move them to the face and neck portion of th image, change the layer blending mode to either "multiply" or "overlay", experiment the effect and add some pattern on the face and neck:

4 dup more 500x387 Transform Normal Portrait Image into Artistic Painting in Photoshop

4 layer blending mode 500x341 Transform Normal Portrait Image into Artistic Painting in Photoshop

Optional Step: you can add some particles with a debris brush around the facial area, as shown below:

4 debris 500x471 Transform Normal Portrait Image into Artistic Painting in Photoshop

and here is the effect so far:

4 effect 500x571 Transform Normal Portrait Image into Artistic Painting in Photoshop

Step 5

We're almost done :) Add some final touches by flattening the image, duplicate this background layer and apply the Cutout filter as shown below to the duplicated layer:

5 cutout 500x352 Transform Normal Portrait Image into Artistic Painting in Photoshop

We want to add the following layer mask to this cutout layer:

5 mask 500x501 Transform Normal Portrait Image into Artistic Painting in Photoshop

To further fine-tune the colours on the image, add the following 2 adjustments layers on top:

Curves

5 curves Transform Normal Portrait Image into Artistic Painting in Photoshop

5 curves red Transform Normal Portrait Image into Artistic Painting in Photoshop

Colour Balance

5 col sha Transform Normal Portrait Image into Artistic Painting in Photoshop

5 col mid Transform Normal Portrait Image into Artistic Painting in Photoshop

5 col high Transform Normal Portrait Image into Artistic Painting in Photoshop

and here is my final effect: (click to enlarge)

hair manip flatten 21 500x500 Transform Normal Portrait Image into Artistic Painting in Photoshop

That's it for this tutorial! Hope you enjoy it and find it useful! Till next time, have a great day!

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