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How can you paint realistic portraits without brushes in Photoshop?

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Q&A, by Mark White
December 28, 2016

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Believe it or not, it is possible to achieve a natural-looking painted portrait by mainly using adjustments, in addition to various filters from the Filter Gallery. This significantly simplifies the painting process and saves time, without sacrificing a painted effect.

After you complete each step, you have to use adjustment tools as much as you can, especially Selective Color, Vibrance and the Curves command. You’ll find that this will result in a more natural-looking image. Also make sure you use the Dodge tool to highlight certain areas. As a finishing touch, find a paper texture and open it in Photoshop. You must save the file in PSD format. Go to the artwork and merge all layers (Shift+Cmd/ Ctrl+Alt+E). Duplicate the layer. Go to Filter>Filter Gallery> Texturizer. Find the small arrow and click on Load Texture… Use the saved texture file in its PSD format.