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-imagescom 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 01 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 give it a thumbs up to help spread the word

Subscribe to the Spoon Graphics channel to 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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