A new plug-in for Photoshop allows you to take a photo and turn it into an oil painting or watercolor (among other things) with very little effort. In the case of the landscape below I added some clouds and the program did most of the work. Sliders control brush strokes, color mixing, etc. Killer little product which I write about in more detail in today’s PC Magazine column. (to be posted later)

Magic!

This can now be turned into a signed and numbered print and sold or given away as gifts and become a family keepsake or something you put in the closet (choose one). It can also be printed on canvas with the right ink jet printer and become a nice Giclee print. The possibilities are endless.



  1. Mustardtits says:

    John stop playing with photoshop and get back to work.

  2. Dr Spearmint Fur says:

    That’s quite cool. I wonder if the plug-in ecosystem around Photoshop is bigger than the actual program?

  3. Van Go says:

    But is it creative art, worthy of attention and possible accolades?

  4. Skeptic > post # 27,331 says:

    Is it compostable?

  5. msbpodcast says:

    That lackluster photo was been photoshopped into a lackluster piece of something I wouldn’t hang over my living room couch either.

    Processing crap just makes for processed crap.

  6. wowjustwow says:

    Yes, you can polish a turd, but it is still a turd. And I should know.

  7. Zybch says:

    I think anyone that considers the post-Plugin image a “Charming Art Print” needs their head examined.
    It looks akin to a Jackson Pollock.

    • Hey..this wasn’t posted to encourage amateur art critics. It’s a plug-in I like. Period. I also like other ones.

      And what’s wrong with Jackson Pollock?

      Also this looks nothing like Jackson Pollock, to say the least. Nor is it akin.

    • Dr Spearmint Fur says:

      Dude, you’re screwing with John Dvorak. Just sayin’.

      • Zybch says:

        Consider me bitch-slapped. I just found the ‘Charming’ thing a bit much.
        John can be charming, that pic isn’t.

        There are many similar filters/plugins available and they rarely offer an improvement over the original image.

        Nothing wrong with Jackson Pollock, that is if you like your paintings to look like someone drank too many tins of paint on an empty stomach (takes all types), but the way people go on and on about him is absurd considering a retarded monkey with a painbrush could produce the same effect.

        Anyway, as penance I’ll be donating to his show (getting close to my knighthood by now).

  8. pulpfiction says:

    The freeware photo edit program GIMP has been doing this for
    years.

  9. AdmFubar says:

    oh dear john! wanna bet?
    try this nice lil plugin for gimp, it is also a stand along program

    gmic.sourceforge.net/gimp.shtml

    gmic.sourceforge.net/gallery.shtml

    it is still in development, the developer is very active in updating this..

    hhmm got this error message when i posted this

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  10. AdmFubar says:

    hhhmmm word press doesnt seem to like www. in a url..

  11. Bob73 says:

    John- do you know if this will work in Elements?

    • LP_V11 says:

      John couldn’t find a flashlight with two hands and his ass. But what would I know, I’m an idiot.

  12. J says:

    Alien Skin 3 is awesome and Filter Forge is really good for this kind of thing too.

  13. #20- bobbo, OCCUPY DVORAK: what if "we-all" number our own posts and post seriatim ourselves? says:

    What is art, and why/how does it speak to us?

    I was gonna poo-poo this creation as “art” but my anti-authoritarian nature kicked in just in time.

    Art is anything that gives you pleasure. While I incline towards a brush and easel==that is old school. Nothing wrong with the highly derivative computer usage==and its still art.

    ANYTHING you do yourself is better than anything bought.

    Yea, verily.

    PS–Is it art, or is it crafts? I can very much imagine making coasters and placemats out of personalized photos. Fun.

  14. Dallas says:

    Both pictures look like shit

  15. Michael says:

    John, I’m not sure which is more interesting, the photoshop plug-in (which I like, btw), the flame-war comments, or how you’ll spin all this on TWIT.

  16. McCoy Pauley says:

    Signed and numbered??? Oh, dear God, has the Mouse-Clicking Snowflake Culture finally come to this?

    “LOOK! I clicked some BUTTONS! I’m an ARTIST!!!”

    A merciful deity would have sent the planetkiller by now.

  17. Glenn E. says:

    This is just what the world needs, an impressionist plug-in, so that anyone can make blurry, smudgy, copies of real life. Want a Vincent van Gogh plug-in, anyone? Thia sort of thing is likely to drive up the value of paintings, done by hand, decades before anyone ever heard of a computer. Because soon, all styles of art will be cranked out as much and as common as greeting cards. And once day you’ll be able to take your PC created work to a Kinkos, where their oil paint printer will spit out the finished product. Then it’s off to the auction houses. Van Meegeren would turn in his grave.

  18. DeeGee says:

    I’ve been doing this type of stuff for years in PhotoPaint.
    It’s “painterly” effects filters include a bunch of different artist types: cubist, impressionist, pointillist, and on and on…
    It can look cool, but is typically useless for the vast majority of photos.

  19. thePeacefulOne says:

    Hey, hey, hey, hey, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Hey!

    Everyone Exhale! Can we just have a little breather here!
    I say Art is subjective and in fact personal. Period. Let one
    have his own cup and drink his own wine. Need I say more?
    Peace be to you all !