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Image of apartment buildings in Minsk, BelarusThis week I have been working on my Photoshop painting skills. This painted image is of a group of apartment homes on a highway just outside Minsk, Belarus. I love all the classic geometric shapes in this image to give it a very interesting feel. I have not painted recently so this image was used to go try out the techniques of one of my favorite Photoshop gurus, Jack Davis, and his wonderful free Davis-Mixer Painting Setup-Beta action (located in Jack’s Freebies section of FB). This action is a lot of fun to use and is somewhat similar to the Mixer Brush Cloning Paint Setup action that comes with Photoshop. His various techniques are presented in his wonder Creative Live videos called Painting with Adobe Photoshop, but watch his Adobe MAX: Expressive Painting in Photoshop for a quick overview (need to zoom through to get to this Mixer Brush action technique). Basically just followed his steps and finished up with a few adjustment layers to adjust color and contrast. And yes, the Grut FX Cloud Brushes were used in this image! That was it. It takes quite a while to paint an image of this size, but it is also very creative and relaxing to do. And do not get upset if it looks awful for quite a while – it all pulls together at the end. Sort of an amazing process!

Image of Farm in BelarusThis painted image was taken in Belarus at a Farm near a Local Art and Zoo facility in the countryside. This image also used the same action as above. Topaz (see my Tidbits Blog sidebar for website link) ReStyle was used to set the color palette just right. There are so many steps in this action do not many steps was done afterwards. Jack’s provided brushes were also used in both images although one from Melissa Gallo was used for to get the nice foliage effect. There are a few tips and tricks that Jack has in his Creative Live videos that really help with the overall effect. Once again, it took quite a while to get the final result.

For more examples of Jack’s technique, check out my Can You Get a Painting Look With a Photoshop Action? Jack Davis Can! blog. Also another example of the above action using a flower image can be see at my Tidbits Blog called Jack Davis Painting Action Really Works!  He has 12 different actions in the download to get different effects in his Action so check it out. And he supplies you with all the brushes needed to use these actions.

That’s it for this week. Have a great week!…..Digital Lady Syd


13 responses

  1. PatCallahanPhotography

    Wow…wonderful results on the apartment homes!

    09/17/2016 at 3:06 pm

    • Hi Pat – thanks for the kind comment!

      09/18/2016 at 8:12 am

    • Thanks for the comment Pat! I am learning!

      09/25/2016 at 4:01 pm

  2. Definitely something to try. Thanks!

    09/18/2016 at 6:07 am

    • Sarah – I always think of you when I find these creative type PS items!

      09/18/2016 at 8:14 am

    • Hi Sarah – this process is sort of funny the way it looks really bad, and then all the sudden pulls together. I do not think I could have figured it out myself!

      09/25/2016 at 4:02 pm

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  4. The buildings look so cute! Amazing job.

    09/25/2016 at 11:11 am

    • I really liked the image with all the different shapes in it – you do not always see shapes in your paintings and it was intriguing to do.

      09/25/2016 at 3:59 pm

      • I love the geometry here, and the way the light plays with the colors of the walls. How did you get to this corner of the world?

        09/25/2016 at 5:49 pm

      • Actually my daughter-in-law is from Minsk although she and my son now live here in Florida. Her parents were gracious enough to invite us all to see Belarus and took us to some really interesting places. Not many people have had the opportunity to see Belarus from our part of the world so it was a wonderful experience.

        09/25/2016 at 6:52 pm

      • Yes, it was a very rare opportunity indeed. I was in Minsk in 1979. My father’s grandfather was hired to manage a huge estate and farm in Polotsk in the beginning of the 20th century. After the Revolution they failed to leave the country in time. He was murdered and his wife and the youngest children run away in the middle of the night, they even left their documents behind. My father took us to the area, but of course we didn’t learn anything new about the great grandfather – his grave or anything. On our way back we spent two days in Minsk. It was beautiful because most of the buildings were quite new. The city was leveled to the ground during the WW2.

        09/26/2016 at 7:45 am

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