How To Make a Fun Oil Painting Pet Portrait in Photoshop


Hello
everyone this is Chris from Spoon Graphics back with another video tutorial for Adobe
Photoshop. I recently saw an ad in my Facebook feed for
a company that were offering renaissance style pet portraits, where customers would supply
a photo of their cat or dog to have them digitally super-imposed onto a human body within a vintage
oil painting. The results were cute, surreal and hilarious
all at the same time, so I decided to have a go myself with the help of my dog Jake and
the power of Photoshop. Follow along with today’s tutorial to turn
your own pet into a renaissance masterpiece. We’ll use a public domain oil painting of
a 19th century Dutch General as the source, then combine some Photoshop filters to try
and replicate the painterly look to a digital photograph to blend the two images. But first if you want to help out the channel,
be sure to head over and check out Envato Elements. The assets we need to create this effect is
an old oil painting of a regal figure, and a photograph of your pet. You can find a variety of renaissance paintings
in the public domain by searching Wikimedia Commons, or Free-images.com. I’ll be using this painting of a bloke named
Antonie Frederik Jan Floris Jacob van Omphal. Open up the image of your pet alongside the
vintage oil painting in Photoshop. This is my mate Jake. Use the Lasso tool to draw a rough selection
of the head, then go to Edit>Copy. Switch back to the oil painting image and
go to Edit>Paste. Use the CMD (or CTRL key on Windows) + T shortcut
for Transform then scale and position the head roughly into place onto the human shoulders. Toggle off the visibility of this layer for
a moment, then click then Background layer to activate it. Select the Lasso tool again and make a rough
selection of Mr. Van Omphal’s head. Go to Edit>Fill and choose the Content Aware
option. Bring back the visibility of the pet head,
then add a layer mask. Select the brush tool and set up the tip with
0 hardness. Begin erasing the excess of the layer by painting
with black. Alter the brush size with the [ and ] keys. Since the head is outlined in fur, simply
using a soft tipped brush produces a satisfactory clipping. If you need to restore any areas, press the
X key to switch to painting with white. Next we’ll add a bunch of Photoshop filters
to try and match the digital photo to the oil painting. First right click on the layer and choose
Convert to Smart Object. This will preserve the filter settings, so
you can tweak them if necessary. Start with Filter>Sharpen>Unsharp Mask. Use the settings of 100 Amount and 3px Radius
to really bring out the details. Next go to Filter>Filter Gallery. Choose Paint Daubs under the Artistic category. Enter values of 3 for the Brush Size and 1
for the Sharpness. This step helps blur the sharpness a little
so it doesn’t look too out of place against the fuzzyness of the painting. The main filter that helps replicate the oil
paint effect is… You guessed it, the Oil Paint filter, which
is found under the Stylize menu. Enter values of 5 for the Stylization and
2 for Cleanliness. Use the minimum 0.1 value for Scale and 0
Bristle Detail. Turn off the Lighting settings. The oil paint filter helps transform the details
of the photo into lots of tiny brush strokes. Add another Unsharp Mask to help boost the
contrast. Use 50% for the Amount this time. The digital image is still quite clean compared
to the original oil painting. Make a mental note of the amount of grain
in the painted areas of the image. Open up the Camera Raw Filter options. Under the FX tab, add some Grain. The benefit of choosing this particular method
of adding grain is you have control over the Size and Roughness. Adjust the sliders to add a similar amount
of grain to what you remember seeing in the oil painting. I chose 13 amount, 0 size and 100 roughness. Go to Image>Adjustment>Levels and alter
the contrast of the digital image to better match the oil painting. Next, go to Image>Adjustments>Color Balance. Make sure the Preserve Luminosity option is
deselected, then move the sliders back and forth for all hues within the Shadows, Midtones
and Highlights to better match the overall colours between the digital photo and the
oil painting. A heavy addition of yellow will help blend
the photo with more of a vintage colour cast. Toggle off the visibility of the head layer,
then go to Edit>Select All, followed by Edit>Copy Merged. Create a new document and paste in the copy
of the oil painting. Go to Image>Adjustments>Desaturate, then
bring up the Levels. Dramatically darken the image by moving the
Shadows slider to the right. Bring back the brightest details by moving
the Highlights slider left, then find an area of the image where there’s a clear section
of cracked oil paint texture. Fine tune the Levels sliders to bring out
the fine lines. Use the Lasso tool to draw a selection around
this textured area and go to Edit>Copy. Bring back the hidden layer in the main document
and paste the texture. Transform with the CMD+T shortcut and place
it over the head. Change the blending mode to Screen so only
the white lines are visible. Reduce the opacity to around 20%. Give the texture a quick sharpen filter, then
make a duplicate with the CMD+J shortcut to add more texturing elsewhere. This texturing helps blend the super-imposed
head with the rest of the oil painting by continuing the same cracked appearance. Add a new layer and choose a new foreground
colour. Find a beigy-orange, such as #A98223. Use the ALT+Backspace shortcut to fill this
layer. Change the blending mode to Overlay, then
reduce the opacity to around 30-40% to enhance the aged vintage antique look. Finally use the Crop tool to trim the canvas
into a portrait that better frames the bust of your furry forefather. The final result is a comedic portrait in
the style of a renaissance oil painting. Using a stock image of the real deal provides
an authentic base, from which we can use Photoshop filters to try and replicate the appearance
within a digital photograph, to seamlessly blend the two images. So if you enjoyed this tutorial, be sure to
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stick around for more, and head over to my Spoon Graphics website to find all my other
content, including written tutorials, inspiration and loads of free design resources. As always thank you very much for watching,
and I’ll see you in the next one.

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