PI6 Inside Out Painting

 Inside Out Painting

If you're looking for an easy tutorial that produces spectacular results, you'll love this one, and it works in PI5 too. In only a few steps you apply a Fadeout mask, a Painting Gallery effect, and tweak with the Object Eraser. The results? The "inside out" look of a photo on the inside, and a painting on the outside. So my daughter, shown above, looks like she sat down in the middle of a watercolor painting.

To begin, open up a photo you love with a strong central feature. Use one of your own, or you can use this one to practice.

First, let's apply a mask. Choose Edit, Fadeout (or hit Ctrl+H) to access the Fadeout dialog box. Choose a Multiple Colors fadeout and select the left-to-right Fill type. Click in the Multiple Colors color box to access the Palette Ramp Editor. Note that only grayscale palettes are available because the Fadeout command applies a grayscale mask to the image. Select Palette 14 and click OK to close the Palette Ramp Editor. Your Fadeout dialog box will look like this.

Fadeout dialog box

Click OK to close the Fadeout box. You'll see a selection on the image, like the one in the screenshot below (75% actual size):

fadeout mask applied

What the selection lines show you are the basic attributes of the mask. The palette you selected was black in the middle. This narrow band in the center of the mask will block out the painting effect you'll apply in the next step. The sides of the fadeout mask were white on the outer edges, shading to gray toward the center. So the painting effect will show up most strongly on these white and light gray areas of the mask.

While the fadeout mask is still active, from the EasyPalette's Painting Gallery, right click on any thumbnail and choose Modify Properties and Apply. This will open the Painting dialog box. Note that you can also access the Painting dialog box by choosing Effect, Creative, Painting. For this tutorial, I've selected Paint template 24 and left the default Pattern of 29 selected. Depending on your image, you may choose a different Paint template and Pattern. Click OK to apply the painting effect.

The image is (mostly) covered with a painting effect object. Be careful not to move it around, you want it to stay lined up with the photo in the base image. Although the painting effect is lighter over the middle of the painting (the part blocked by the dark part of the Fadeout mask), it still shows. We need to erase the parts covering the face and arms (arrows), so the girl appears to be sitting down in the middle of a painting.

 painting applied, need to erase near arrows

Select the Object Paint Eraser. Use the default settings for the Eraser, as you want a fairly large brush size and a very soft edge so that the parts you erase blend in smoothly with the rest of the image. Erase all the painting effect covering the girl's face and arms. Leave the painting blotches on her hair and on the shorts, so she blends into the painting. You can see the change after erasing below:

erase painting effect from body

Hit the space bar to deactivate the painting object. Take a good look at your image. If it needs more erasing, click on the painting object with the Pick or Selection tool to make it active, then erase some more. If you erased too much, select the painting object and use the Recover function in the Attributes toolbar to recover part of the mask. When you're satisfied with it, right click and Merge All.

Since the Fadeout mask went from top to bottom in the middle, the top middle of the image doesn't show much of the painting effect. To fix that, use the Selection tool, set to Rectangular, Soft edge=5, to make a small selection just above the girl's head.

make soft selection over head

Apply the same Creative Painting effect to this selection -- Paint template 24. Because you've softened the edges of the selection, it should blend into the rest of the image seamlessly. Right click and Merge All. Your inside out painting is finished.

You can use this technique of creating a Fadeout mask and applying Painting effects in an almost endless variety of ways. For example, consider using a Two Color, radial gradient fill, black to white, or going across left-to-right. Choose different Paint templates and Patterns from the Painting Gallery, or apply an effect from the Effect, Natural Painting Commands. You can apply the Fadeout a second time, if needed, after the Painting effect, to refine the look. You could spend hours experimenting with different combinations.

thumbnail 1

Same image, different paint template

Two-Color fadeout, Natural Painting

Multiple Color fadeout applied 2X

This tutorial uploaded 6/22/01

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