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Turning Your Photograph into a Painting




With the recent release of JixiPix’s Artisto Imresso, along with any other paint programs already available like BrushSroke 2; Glaze; Waterlogue; PhotoViva; and many more, it is important to prepare ones photograph before introducing it to a paint program for best results. While it is not essential to pre-post edit a photograph, you will still get satisfactory results, but doing so will only make you image appear more custom.


One of the programs I like using in preparation for turning the photograph into a painting is Stackables, but there is also AFilter; Alayer; Mextures; ColorThief; DistressedFX; SnappSeed; and PhotoCopier. All of which will alter the coloration of the image, including adding texture.


When you introduce your photograph into any the aforementioned applications, you control the coloration and by adding numerous layers in the post program of your choice, the results will only assist in the emulation as how the paint program converts your creation. 



Original photograph - no post edits were applied






All four examples were edited using Stackables
Please click on the individual images to view larger




Edited in Artista Impresso, En Plein Air




Edited in Artista Impresso, En Plein Air




Edited in BrushStroke 2


Due to the increase of subtle multi-color layering prior to final post production, a paint program will only have more information to work with. This is important since an artists uses a layering of multi paint strokes of subtle color changes in order to build depth in a painting.


If you are interested in a more realism style painting but still want an underlying paint effect, consider the following method of achieving this. 



Original photograph - no post edits were applied




Both examples were edited using Stackables
Please click on the individual images to view larger




Edited in BrushStroke 2 




Edited in Artista Impresso, Alla Prima




Edited in Glaze


First, you will want your results in the paint program of your choice to be from subtle to normal results for that specific applications, then import the results, along with the original photograph into a program like ImageBlender; Layover; Juxtaposer; or SuperImposer to accomplish this.


By introducing your photograph and the converted emulation photograph of a painting to the aforementioned applications, you then blend the two together. Sometimes placing the original photograph on top of the painted version works best, other times, the reverse order. This is something you will have to try out and see what results you prefer, that which works bests for what you are trying to achieve.


I personally believe that a good number of mobile photographers over app’ their photographs, rather than to limit the effects they introduce on an image. You want the photograph to be enhanced and not have the effects be a distraction. 


Regardless of our camera, we all become very excited when we return home and find that one image that stands out, the one that makes our heart beat just a little faster, only to rush in and start post production editing. While there is nothing wrong about this, it is equally important to revisit an image after a brief time and try an alternative post production edit, just to see what kind of different versions one can come up with.


Here are a few more examples, which show an image post edited in Stackables and then introduced in various in three different paint programs.



Original photograph - no post edits were applied






All four examples were edited using Stackables
Please click on the individual images to view larger




Edited in BrushStroke 2




Edited in Glaze




Edited in Artista Impresso, En Plein Air


Do not limit your imagination, be willing to venture into the unknown and try something new, simply by experimenting. Just remember that children have no fear of exploration. Be willing to make make mistakes, for we learn from our failures, only to try again, until we do succeed. 




All photographs taken with an iPhone 4S or 5S and
edited on an iPad 4 with Retina display by
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