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“Oil Painting” in Photoshop

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I’m fascinated by the intersection of artistic painting and photography, especially in portraits. Much of my work is informed by paintings. See, for example my recent blog post, Inspired by a Painting.

Here’s a short TED video about an amazing artist who does full body painting of her subjects, then photographs them:

When Painting Comes to Life.

In my own work, I’ve begun to experiment with using a filter in Photoshop called Oil Painting. Pictured above is an image of Elena, an aspiring model. And below, the same portrait with the oil painting effect applied.

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This may look strange, unflattering, weird – or perhaps engaging is some way. Well, let me know what you DO think about it. I purposely laid the effect on pretty thick (no pun intended) so you could see clearly how it looks.

Below is a detail of the “painted” version.  I’ll be doing more of this work along the way. Stay tuned!

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

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Pencil Sketch Portrait

A few week ago, I took this portrait of Melanie, as part of a studio shoot. This weekend, I learned a new photo editing technique, which converts a photograph into a pencil sketch – or an image that looks like a pencil sketch.

For those of you familiar with Photoshop, this process involves, in part, 1) a blend mode of Divide, 2) Gausian Blur, 3) converting for Smart Filters, 4) running the poster edge filter in the artistic filter gallery, and 5) another blend mode change to Linear Burn. Whew!

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To see how this looks up close, here’s a detail of the “pencil sketch”  below.  I’m excited to do more of these sketch portraits – no pencils required!

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

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When You Can’t Quite Get Two Smiles

by Blake Robinson

December 4th, 2012    7 Comments     Add Comment
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Recently, I had the pleasure of photographing these terrific guys, Ben (age 3) and Zach (14 months). We got some good shots of each of them, but struggled to get a good image of the two together. On this particular day, these boys were, well, let’s just say – pretty lively.

In the picture above, Ben looked fine, but Zach wasn’t at his best. The eye injury, one of the little mishaps of the day, could have been fixed in Photoshop, but not his facial expression.

But I did catch this good smile of Zach by himself. So, Photoshop to the rescue! I cut Zach out of this picture and pasted him into the other image with his brother. The composited photograph appears below, with the eye injury magically healed as well.  It takes some time to achieve a natural look with these cut-and-paste pictures – about 2 hours in this case.

Mom liked the results – she wrote: “Amazing! You nailed it!” The family holiday card is ready to roll.

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.