Turn Your Photo Into a Renaissance Style Old Canvas

This tutorial will show you, step by step, how to take an ordinary photo and turn in into a Renaissance style painting. Please do not mix this tutorial “old photo effect”, as we will try to take our picture not only a few decades back in time, but a few centuries.

This is what will happen…

For a start, take a good quality photo, we used this one:

Go to Channels panel and select only the red channel, to make the photo more flat and colourless.

Duplicate this layer 2 times, so that you will have 3 layers in total, including the background.

Take layer nr. 2 and go to Filter >> Artistic >> Smudge Stick, and apply these settings to give a photo more “painted” touch

Take the remaining layer (nr. 3) and select only the blue channel

While third layer is still selected, go to Filter >> Artistic >> Poster Edges and apply these settings to give the canvas a more dramatic emphasis.

Reduce the fill opacity of both second and third layer to 50%-55%

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  • Reply faiz December 29, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    dear lorelei
    from my inner heart i really thank you for the usfull knowlege
    i allways get from you.

  • Reply clippingimages June 2, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    awesome post indeed …thanks man…thanks for sharing…

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