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August 25, 2014 / arthill

Converting a photo into a piece of art

A few years ago I wrote about converting a photo to a painting

Unfortunately the link I provided in that article no longer works. But not to worry – you can often find an old out-dated web page by going to (which I did)

Since that time photo editing programs have gotten better at producing watercolor and oil painting renditions of your photos. But they still don’t look so good and don’t give you very many options.

I recently picked up a Topaz filter called Simplify and it’s pretty good at converting your photo.  There are lots of presets and they have decent tutorials to help you explore the product on your own.

Here are some of the things I’ve produced

la jolla cove IMG_3918_19_20_fused painting

from this

la jolla cove IMG_3918_19_20_fused



la guna beach painting IMG_3303

from this



and these


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  1. Thelma Wickwere / Aug 25 2014 9:02 am

    Great post! Thank you for showing so many examples, which are lovely. Great way to stretch the creativity muscles.

  2. fotomommaryann / Aug 25 2014 10:33 am

    I don’t have any Topaz filters and would really like to give them a try. Thanks!

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