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"Photographers Make Big Money Transforming Photographs To Realistic Oil Paintings Within Photoshop"

Updated on February 3, 2014


The original, raw image.
The original, raw image. | Source
The oil painting result.
The oil painting result. | Source

An Untapped Market

If you are an average to good photographer and have more than a basic knowledge of Photoshop, check out this possible money making opportunity.

Photoshop contains a process (also referred to as "workflow") that takes any black and white or color image and "paints" a finished portrait. The magical process renders a realistic oil painting. Now, you can be the artist offering affordable 'paintings' for a local market; or take it further to international art lovers with your new business website.

Photoshop is a software program; relatively expensive, but your results will be nothing short of miraculous. if you are worried about the learning curve, many helpful tutorials are available on the Internet. Conversely, if you are a great photographer, think of purchasing Photoshop for this one process. Once you learn the singular method, then branch out to learn other money-making skills.

1. Offer transformations of a relatively decent photograph into beautiful, hand-painted portraits.

2. If portrait photography isn't something that appeals to you, sell your digitized, Photoshop oil renderings of landscapes to stock photography companies... there are literally hundreds of them to be found on the Internet.

3. Are you a true "artist" in every sense of the word? Making a living delighting people with your true artistic passion improves your chances of making this career choice a success.

4. Hire a professional to design your website. Show 'Before' then 'After' images side by side. (As I did in the hub.) Photoshop produces such realism, your business will sell itself. Once your website is online, begin marketing your new business idea. Tell your site viewers you can magically morph THEIR photos and now you have a world-wide reach.

Getting that first customer is always difficult, but don't be discouraged. This is a typical problem for most photographers and is normal for most new businesses. Sell on eBay, put a small box ad in your local paper or your local Internet directories. Since your service will appeal to many people and businesses (funeral homes, for example) these are good ways to begin.

Showing your artwork in busy places (banks, restaurants, libraries, community centers, coffee shops, etc.) is another good strategy. You will need permission from the building owner(s) to show your work, so do your detective work and then get the proper permission.



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    • copywriter31 profile imageAUTHOR

      James Ranka 

      6 years ago from Port Neches

      Hi sandrabusby - Thank YOU for taking the time to write. I appreciate your comments!


    • sandrabusby profile image

      Sandra Busby 

      6 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      Very interesting. Thanks for SHARING.

    • rajan jolly profile image

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      This is a brilliant idea. Voted all the way up and bookmarked. Shared this hub.

    • copywriter31 profile imageAUTHOR

      James Ranka 

      8 years ago from Port Neches

      You are very welcome Stephanie... I have no idea how difficult the process is but I've seen the result and it would be worth the time invested.

      Thanks for your comment.

    • Stephanie Henkel profile image

      Stephanie Henkel 

      8 years ago from USA

      This looks like a lot of fun! I already own PhotoShop -- now to just learn how to use it. Thanks for the inspritation.

    • copywriter31 profile imageAUTHOR

      James Ranka 

      8 years ago from Port Neches

      I'm thinking any version beyond CS3 'should' have this capability.

    • seanorjohn profile image


      8 years ago

      Thanks. I'm going to get my daughter, who is the photo expert, to do the research.

    • copywriter31 profile imageAUTHOR

      James Ranka 

      8 years ago from Port Neches

      Before you buy, make sure you get the correct version.

      Version CS5 is the latest, and you may need to buy Photoshop Extended (a few dollars more), but maybe not. I know my way around Photoshop - but this is one process I just haven't had the time to learn yet.

      Make a few phone calls or check the web to make sure the version you are buying is capable of performing this process.

    • seanorjohn profile image


      8 years ago

      Voted this up.Great business idea. Going to check out the price of photoshop.


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