Recently, I decided that I would learn to paint in Photoshop. I have been painting in Corel Painter for many years. I am currently using Photoshop CS6, but the mixer brushes I use are available in CS5 as well. For all of those who have resisted learning to paint because you did not want to learn a new and complex program to paint with, this may be the way for you to go. I would have to say that painting in Photoshop “Rocks”. I am able to create beautiful and expressive images in so many styles. Some are shown below.
The first paintings and the one below represent a very recent new technique I am trying. I spread onto my panel a relatively thick layer of material to serve as an underpainting and then carved my image into it with the and of a brush or palette knife. At that point you can create additionally as much or as little texture through out. I allowed it to dry for 2 months. I then painted in the dark outline surrounding each element before beginning to paint with loose imprecise brush strokes and palette knife.
I have created paintings ranging from those as precise as photographs to loose bold painting strokes and texture like these. This is one of my favorite styles. I am very excited about this process and I love the results. One of the wonderful things about oil painting is that you can never say you are done with learning and experimenting. It’s endless, if you’re a curious person who loves to try new things and I am one of those people.