Cloning a Landscape Photo using other Paint Brushes
In this section, we are going to take on a trickier subject. Before you start making the clone, it's important to consider what medium will work best with the scene. The challenges with this 'boat and houses' photo are the dark shadows and all the intersecting horizontal, vertical and angled lines. We decided to go for a simulation of a pencil drawing that had watercolour pencils and some watercolour washes applied to it. Our aim was to give the final image a light transparent look. We'll use the prepared photo as the clone source, a lightly coloured ground (paper), Watercolor brushes (none of the purpose-built Cloners) and a line drawing derived from the Sketch function.
When it comes to art media such as watercolour, it is very important that you pick a suitable paper texture at the beginning and be sure to employ a brush that has Grainy in the title. By having something that has tooth and texture, you can ensure that your painting looks as realistic as possible. Whenever you pick a paper, always make sure that you open the Papers palette and adjust the sliders to get the precise look that you want.
We used the Surface Control menu to access the Sketch effect here, but it’s worth trying the other ones on offer. The Woodcut is very interesting, especially when used on very bold photos. The dark lines it applies can give a good depth to a painting, but try the various composite methods to get he perfect look. The key is to use effects such as Sketch and Woodcut as an enhancement to the painting –not a distraction.