Impressionist Painting

Impressionism is a 19th-century art movement. Characteristics of Impressionist paintings include visible brush strokes, open composition, emphasis on light in its changing qualities, ordinary subject matter, the inclusion of movement as a crucial element of human perception and experience, and unusual visual angles.

Claude Monet is a founder of French impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement's philosophy.

Claude Monet, Water Lilies, 1916,
The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
Claude Monet, Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies, 1899, Metropolitan Museum of Art

The tutorial will show how to convert a photograph into Monet's painting. You should use your own picture, so some settings may vary.

Here are "before and after" pictures:

To create an impressionistic effect in a photo, we have to emphasize texture, and color at expense of detail.

Duplicate the background layer.


Set the foreground color in the toolbox to a light gray tone (approximately 20%black):
1. double-click on the Foreground color;
2. in Color Picker window input the settings.



Click on Filter > Sketch > Chalk and Charcoal

Use the settings below:

Click on Filter > Brush Stroke > Spatter

Use the settings below:


Change the current layer mode to Luminosity


This is what the picture looks like:


Duplicate the original background layer


Drag it on the top of the layers


Select the two bottom layers and merge them


You should have two layers.

Select the top one and change its mode to Multiply



Click on Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast

Use my settings


Click on Filter > Artistic > Underpainting

Use my settings:


This is what it looks now at this point:


Click on Edit > Fade Underpainting



Set the fade mode to Hard Light...


...or to Soft Light


Flatten the image: Layer > Flatten Image

Click on Image > Adjustments > Selective Color and fine tune the colors and values:







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