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Chapter 2. Photo Finish: Photographic Ef... > From Photo to Oil Painting

From Photo to Oil Painting

I had heard that Ted LoCascio (our Senior Associate Designer at Photoshop User magazine) had come up with a pretty amazing technique for turning any photo into an oil painting, and as soon as he showed it to me, I asked him (okay, I begged him) to let me share it here in the book. It's without a doubt one of the best-looking, easiest oil techniques I've ever seen.

Quick Tip: Why feathering is so important

Feathering affects the edge of your selection, and one of the main reasons to use it is to smooth the transition between your selection and the area surrounding it. Without the feathering there would be a harsh, obvious edge where your selection ends and the background begins.

This is a very popular technique in photo retouching, where it's used to smooth the transition in areas that have been copied and pasted to hide defects or unwanted elements in the image.



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