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Turn a Photograph into a Painting with Photoshop's Art History Brush

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Painterly Photo with Photoshop's Art History Brush
Painterly Photo with Photoshop's Art History Brush

Painterly Photo with Photoshop's Art History Brush

Screen shots © Sandra Trainor. Photo © Bruce King, for About Graphic Software tutorial use only.

In this tutorial, I will use Photoshop to turn a photograph into the appearance of a painting. To get the best possible composition, I'll use the Crop tool with its Rule of Thirds, and remove certain objects using the Patch tool. I'll use the Art History Brush tool, and add some Filters. In the History panel, I'll make a Snapshot of the changes, which is a temporary copy of my work. After creating a couple of images and making a snapshot of each, I'll save the one I like best, making it my finished work of art.

I'll be using Photoshop CS6, but you should be able to follow along in an earlier version. To follow along, right click on the below Practice File to upload it into your computer, then open it in Photoshop.

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