Photo Art for Beginners

Photo Art for Beginners

Painter has some amazing tools for photo artists that make it easy to turn your photos and images into a work of art. This tutorial series will cover the basics of getting started with photo art, including setting up your workspace and familiarizing yourself with the tools, using the cloning and auto-painting features and adding the finishing touches. A variety of Painter Masters share their tips and tricks for adding details and creating specific photo art like portraits, still life and landscapes.
Artwork by Kimber Heineman

Introduction to Painter for Photo Artists

Get an introduction to Painter’s photo art tools such AI, Auto-painting, and cloning and see how they can be used to convert your photos into paintings.

Getting Started with AI Styles

This tutorial will introduce you to the new AI styles in Painter 2021. See how easy it is to transform your images into stylized paintings.

Creating an AI Stylized Portrait

Learn how to use Painter’s AI styles to transform a portrait into a painted work of art, then blend away photographic details and add painterly accents.

Creating an AI Stylized Illustration

Learn how to apply AI styles, color using selections and work with other unique Painter tools to transform a black and white illustration.

Using AI Styles for Portrait Collaging

Follow along with Painter Master Elite Karen Bonaker and learn how to combine multiple AI styles, imagery and brush work into a portrait collage.

Using AI Styles for Underpaintings

In this tutorial, Painter Master Elite Karen Bonaker will show you how to use AI styles to quickly build a lovely base for your paintings.

Introduction to Clone Tinting

This tutorial provides an overview of the new clone tinting feature in Painter 2021 and shows the basics of mixing colors with a clone source.

Clone Tinting a Landscape

Watch and learn as Painter Master Skip Allen takes one of his existing ink wash paintings and uses Clone Tinting to add exciting color to the landscape.

Collage Artwork Together with Clone Tinting

Learn how to create a brand-new work of art from two existing paintings using Painter’s Clone Tinting to clone elements from one to another.

Creating a Painting from a Cell Phone Image

In this 4-part tutorial series, Painter Master Elite Heather Michelle Chinn will show you step-by-step how to create a painting from a cell phone image.

Part 1: Introduction to Photo Art

In this tutorial, Painter Master Helen Yancy shows you how to get started using Painter to create photo art.

Part 2: Introduction to Cloning

The first step in creating photo art is cloning, and in this tutorial you will learn how to clone your original image.

Part 3: Basic Photo Painting

Learn the basics you need to get started creating photo art - brush settings, custom palettes, color and layers.

Part 4: Painting Faces and Hands

See how to change your Painter brush settings so that your brush acts as a blender to bring in details of faces and hands.

Part 5: Adding Finishing Touches

Here's how to add the finishing touches to your painting by bringing in highlights and colors from your original photo.

How To Use The Reference Palette

Learn how to set up a reference image, how to use the Dropper tool for color sampling, and how to use the Magnifier tool.

How to Clone and Auto Paint

Learn how simple it can be to convert a photo to a painting using the auto-painting and clone tools in Painter.

How to use Cloning Part 1

How to set up the clone palette with a source image and tracing paper, and how to activate a brush in cloning mode.

How to use Cloning Part 2

In this tutorial, Painter Master Heather Michelle Chinn explores the differences between Clone and Quick Clone.

Introduction to Resaturation

Understanding how resaturation affects the process of cloning can have a dramatic effect on your finished piece.

Bringing Back Details

Learn how to use the Resaturation panel to bring back select photographic details in your painting for the perfect finish.

Clone Painting Hair

In this tutorial we will focus on clone painting over hair to bring out the details while still keeping a painted look.

Clone Painting Faces

In this tutorial you will learn how to define lines and contours of the face, and retain the likeness of your subject.

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