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Turn Your Photos Into Digital Oil Paintings! A Gallery of Encouragement to all Photographers

Updated on May 25, 2012

All of These Are My Own Original Photos, Protected by Digimarc Tracking

My base photo was saturated with color via Photo Shop, then turned into an oil thanks to the new CS6 Extended Photo Shop Program.
My base photo was saturated with color via Photo Shop, then turned into an oil thanks to the new CS6 Extended Photo Shop Program. | Source
Notice how the "brush strokes" done totally with digital photography, resembles an impressionist work.
Notice how the "brush strokes" done totally with digital photography, resembles an impressionist work. | Source
I was able to choose tone, intensity and even the TYPE of "brush strokes" using the Cs6 feature..
I was able to choose tone, intensity and even the TYPE of "brush strokes" using the Cs6 feature.. | Source
Using the channel color mixer, I changed the sky to deep turquoise, then outlined the limbs in "poster edges" before using the oil painting feature.
Using the channel color mixer, I changed the sky to deep turquoise, then outlined the limbs in "poster edges" before using the oil painting feature. | Source
I used a fixture called "The Sponge" to actually paint by hand some of the highlights before finishing with the Painting mode.
I used a fixture called "The Sponge" to actually paint by hand some of the highlights before finishing with the Painting mode. | Source
The "brush strokes" were set for a heavier effect in this photo, to add drama to the composition.
The "brush strokes" were set for a heavier effect in this photo, to add drama to the composition. | Source
I used several features to lighten and darken this photo before using the paint mode..shadows add drama to any composition.
I used several features to lighten and darken this photo before using the paint mode..shadows add drama to any composition. | Source
I changed the color values, adding magenta, red and gold to the original photo before "digitally painting it.."
I changed the color values, adding magenta, red and gold to the original photo before "digitally painting it.." | Source
Never be afraid to use bold, intense colors when using Photo Shop or the real thing (actual paint!)Flowers especially need to be dramatic and exciting to look at. as they have been "done to death" as an object of art.
Never be afraid to use bold, intense colors when using Photo Shop or the real thing (actual paint!)Flowers especially need to be dramatic and exciting to look at. as they have been "done to death" as an object of art. | Source
Less color was used here, but the oil-painted feature blended the details into a romantic, expressionist look.
Less color was used here, but the oil-painted feature blended the details into a romantic, expressionist look. | Source
I changed a pink rose into a blue one with a photo filter, then digitally painted it for more impact.
I changed a pink rose into a blue one with a photo filter, then digitally painted it for more impact. | Source
Using Photo Shop Tech, you can make your own Christmas Cards..like this one I am thinking of using next year..
Using Photo Shop Tech, you can make your own Christmas Cards..like this one I am thinking of using next year.. | Source
A sleepy meadow can look like a dream, when it's digitally altered and painted..
A sleepy meadow can look like a dream, when it's digitally altered and painted.. | Source
-Taken at Oak Glen, I really darkened and intensified the original image before using the oil paint feature. You must always remember to flatten your image before progressing to the next step. (It's done with a click, so don't be intimidated).
-Taken at Oak Glen, I really darkened and intensified the original image before using the oil paint feature. You must always remember to flatten your image before progressing to the next step. (It's done with a click, so don't be intimidated). | Source
Using a blue photo filter, I played with this one until I made it as intense and stormy as possible.
Using a blue photo filter, I played with this one until I made it as intense and stormy as possible. | Source
Look at the petals..can you see the brush-like strokes and the subtle way the shapes have altered to suggest movement?
Look at the petals..can you see the brush-like strokes and the subtle way the shapes have altered to suggest movement? | Source
Even a trucking terminal at dusk can look special and mysterious using these features..
Even a trucking terminal at dusk can look special and mysterious using these features.. | Source
A simple landscape can become magical..
A simple landscape can become magical.. | Source
Pet photos can become truly artistic and special using these techniques..the hard part is finding a subject that will stay still!
Pet photos can become truly artistic and special using these techniques..the hard part is finding a subject that will stay still! | Source
Notice that the textures come alive with color and movement- just another reason to invest in Photo Shop CS6.
Notice that the textures come alive with color and movement- just another reason to invest in Photo Shop CS6. | Source

I am not adept at technical teaching, nor do I pose as a professional by any means. I posted my gallery to encourage others to use some of the new features now available. There are many programs out there for photographers, but my personal favorite is the new Photo Shop CS6 Extended by Adobe. It is a miracle to use and delightfully fun to experiment with. Never be afraid to play with color, add drama or highlights, or even change day into night. With the new "painting features" and photo filters you can become a special effects wizard in your own home.

I studied art at the University Level, and have some skill in drawing and color mixing. I was never able to express myself as well in this arena as I am now able to, via digital photography. Every artist must find her or his own niche and medium, and here's hoping my work will inspire others to experiment and enjoy these Photo Shop Programs--guilt free!

Note: These photos are my own original work, with copyright protection as provided via Digimarc Tracking. Please do not use without permission, as they are digitally marked and can be tracked over the internet.

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      Christopher Antony Meade 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      Hi GarnetBird.

      You certainly have a great gift for colour and it comes out beautifully in your lovely pictures. Thanks for showing them to us and I hope your efforts inspire many imitators.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I might try this at some point with my wild bird photos that I used on my weekly hubs. What do you think?

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      Gloria Siess 5 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you and it's nice to hear from you again! Have a lovely Memorial Day!

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      Gloria Siess 5 years ago from Northern California

      Awesome..they look wonderful that way, so feathery. I say, go for it!

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very informative hub. I love painting and I am glad to know this from you. Thanks for writing and share with us. Take care and rated up!

      Prasetio

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      Suzanne Coolen 5 years ago from Toronto

      These are all so beautiful! I'll have to try it!! Thank you for sharing!!!

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      Gloria Siess 5 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you!! I plan to do a series..

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 5 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      I dropped in to see if you're writing and you are. This is a great hub. You've sure been busy with art!

      I've got Adobe Essentials, I think it's called. I had it on my computer, but I lost everything -- had to have the whole computer cleaned off. So now I have to find the disk. But the little experimenting I did do with it before my computer was compromised showed me it is a very difficult new medium for many of us older folks. The one you're using must be more difficult yet. Good for you -- you're managing to understand the instructions and get on with the fun. I don't know if I'll ever get to that stage -- even with this simpler program (which isn't simple at all.)

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      sofs 5 years ago

      Beautiful! I wish you had gone into a bit of explanation... lovely work.. enjoyed it! Have a great day.

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      Gloria Siess 5 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you both for your lovely visit!!

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      Gail Meyers 4 years ago from United States

      Your photographs are beautiful! Thank you for sharing the pictures and the information.

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      Gloria Siess 4 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you Gail!! so happy to read your comment.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      This an interesting layout, and delightful to see.

      Very nice pictures!

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      Gloria Siess 2 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you..this comment made my day alot brighter.

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      vwriter 2 years ago from US

      These photographs are absolutely beautiful. Do you sell any of your photographs?

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      Gloria Siess 2 years ago from Northern California

      No, we need a special camera that allows for enlargements..someday my hubby and I want to do this. Thank you for your encouragement!!

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      Gloria Siess 2 years ago from Northern California

      No, we need a special camera that allows for enlargements..someday my hubby and I want to do this. Thank you for your encouragement!!

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