The short description is that it changes a photo to make it look painted and what better way is there to put your own unique stamp on an image?
There are different options to use with the brush and they are different from the options available with the normal brush tool.
This is a technique that works best with a tablet but it will work fine with a mouse as well. It is also one that can be time demanding and that will depend on whether you want a really great painting or one that just looks good.
Here is an example of working with the Impressionist Brush ...
If your copy of Elements came with and Intuos or a Bamboo then of course you are going to use the pen and tablet to paint. It just makes it so much easier.
The technique will work fine with a mouse as well - it will just be more exhausting to cover the whole image flinging your mouse around.
When the Impressionist Brush is selected you will see this litttle icon at the top of the screen in addition to the normal brush options.
These are the standard options. From left to right they are the Brush Tip Shape, the Size in Pixels, the Mode of the Brush and the Opacity of the brush.
Click on the icon to check out the different options you can use when painting.
There are three options available.
The top one is the Style of the brush stroke, the middle is the Area and the bottom one is the Tolerance.
There are ten different brush variants for the Brush ...
As you can see, each one gives a different look so some experimenting will be required.
Controls the size of the brush stroke. What this means is how far beyond the regular size the paint will flow.
Tolerance controls how similar in color value adjacent pixels must be before they are affected by the brush stroke.
With all of these adjustments, logic would suggest that all you need to do is make some choices on the options and paint your image. There is more to it than that.
Take a look at this one, for instance.
Without seeing the original image it is simply a mass of color - some orange and white and green on a background of a kind of tan color.
This was done with the Impressionist Brush set as follows ...
To give this image, or any image for that matter, a painted look while maintaining its look requires a few modifications to the settings.
The first and probably the most effective method is to lower the Opacity of the brush in the options bar because this brush is not pressure sensitive.
After lowering the opacity select an appropriate brush size for the image and the desired effect.
A large brush on a small image will produce large blobs of color while a large brush on a large image will produce smaller blobs of color. Smaller blobs will maintain the look of the original image.
This is the same image with some adjustments to the options.
The first change was to lower the Opacity of the brush to 12% while keeping all of the other settings and then the background was painted - the background being the drop cloth behind the main subject.
The lower opacity gives the background a painted look without the big color blobs that are visible in the other image - unless you like the big blobs of color.
NOTE: At this point I started adding layers for each of the foreground objects - the wine bottle, the wine glass, the grapes and the cheese. With the layers it is easy to get rid of one and start again if I messed up.
The foreground objects, wine bottle, wine glass, grapes, cheese and cutting board, were done with different settings (on their own layer).
The Opacity of the brush remained at 12%, the brush tip size was lowered to 12 PIxels and the Area was lowered to 5 Pixels.
These adjustments kept the foreground objects more or less within the area they occupy. A larger area and brush size would have had them wandering into the background.
The Trellis was painted with the Impressionist Brush and then the Watercolor Filter in the Filter Gallery was added.
Tabitha was painted with the Impressionist Brush and then Angled Strokes were added from the Filter Gallery.
Th Impressionist Brush tends to soften the hard, sharp edges. The frame was added because - well - just because.
As you become familiar with the different options available and work with the Impressionist Brush your results will get better and better!
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