Impresso Pro by Jixipix is a fun program I found to create paintings out of photos. You can get Impresso Pro here. This program is an automatic painting program, and has a variety of presets included to give you different looks for your finished art. I usually use the program to get a beginning simple painting effect, and then I take the painted image over to Procreate on my ipad to further refine it, or even totally repaint it in some cases, to create my paintings.
In the video below, I show you how to set up the exact preset I use to start my portrait style paintings in this software. I've included 3 screenshots of the 3 different layers, which you may wish to print out or refer back to when setting up your own preset to match mine. Note: Make sure to save the preset after you set it up, so you'll have it for the future! I show you how to do this in the video. :)
This is the image I painted in the video:
The preset settings I give you in the video work well for a portrait style painting such as this one of my eagle. I had already blended my eagle photo with a background from the new Art Journal Series 3 Collection before starting my painting.
Preset Layer Images:
The Canvas Layer settings:
The Alla Prima Layer Settings:
The Background Paint Layer Settings:
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