From Photogragh to Fine Art Using the Microsoft Paint Program

Susan Replogle By Susan Replogle, 29th Dec 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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By using the Microsoft Paint Program I will show examples and explain techniques I have learned in making photos into totally new works of art.

Photos to Works of Art Using the Microsoft Paint Program

By nature,I have always been creative. Going through the process of acquiring my Bachelors Degree in Fine Art. I was always pushing the boundaries of technique rules. It didn't matter if it was pottery or painting, drawing or sculpture, if there was something new to be tried or thought of, by golly I was going to do it. The results were anywhere from amazing to laughable. But the fun was always in the creation. So it was and is with photography. How can I make this ordinary photo into an artistic masterpeice, or a fun card, or a totally abstract painting. Maybe I want to draw on it, add colors and shapes to it. WOW! The possibilities are literally endless. This is where Microsoft Paint Program comes into play. So let's get on board and explore some of these wonderful techniques right now!

Before And After...The Joshua Tree

For this project I selected a rather ordinary looking Joshua tree photograph. Lets take some steps to make this photo really bright, fun, and "arty!"
1. Down load the Microsoft Paint program. This will change how you see your photos forever!
2.When the Paint page comes up you will see, up in the left corner, a blue box. Click on it to open your new page and see all the other tools available for you to play with.
3. Click on the file box (above the blue box) to bring up your picture files. Select a picture and click to upload. When picture arrives on the page, the fun begins!

Applying Paint Techniques

Depending on your photo subject matter, you will just have to start playing with all the fun stuff to see what it can do. To start with, I broke the photo up into sections by using the "straight" line.
GO TO THE SHAPES BOX, CLICK ON THE DIAGONAL LINE IN UPPER LEFT CORNER.

.NOW GO TO THE COLORS BOX AND SELECT THE COLOR YOU WANT YOUR LINE TO BE.
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PLACE YOUR CURSOR AT THE POINT ON YOUR PHOTO WHERE YOU WANT YOUR LINE TO BEGIN AND THEN DRAG IT ACROSS THE PHOTO. A LINE WILL BE MADE FROM THE BEGINNING POINTO TO WHEREVER YOU END IT. Click it again to make it stay in place.
BY REPEATING THIS PROCESS MANY, MANY TIMES I SIMULTANEOUSLY I BROKE THE PICTURE UP INTO SECTIONS AND ADDED BOTH TEXTURE AND COLOR WITH MY LINES.

TO ADD SOLID COLORS, SUCH AS THE BLUE SKY,GO TO THE COLOR BOX.

SELCET YOUR COLOR,CLICK ON IT,THEN GO TO THE LITTLE PAINT CAN ICON, CLICK ON It.

MOVE THE LITTLE PAINT CAN CURSOR TO THE PLACE YOU WANT TO FILL IN WITH COLOR, CLICK AND SPACE WILL BE FILLED WITH THAT COLOR. YOU SHOULD DO THIS BEFORE YOU ADD LINES ACROSS THIS SECTION.

Using the "Paint Brushes."

In my photo I used various sizes of brushes to "paint in" the tree spines, the trunk, yucca, and other plant formations.
GO TO THE "BRUSHES BOX."

CLICK ON EACH BRUSH AND MAKE SOME LINES WITH IT TO SEE HOW THEY LOOK. YOU CAN ADJUST THE WIDTH OF EACH LINE BY GOING TO THE "LINE BOX" AND CLICKING ON THE THICKNESS YOU WANT.

My favorite of the brushes is the "spray paint!" I love how it makes the outlines of the horizon as well as the little flower blooms.But the other brushes each have their unique qualities too and with experimentation, you will come to know how and where to use each one.
I also used a round shape and the straight lines to make the sun and selected the star shape for the stars.
To make a curved line, click on the curvy line in the shape box. Put the line on your picture, place the cursor anywhere on the line and drag it up,down, around...the line will move into whatever shape you like.

Endless possibilities...Endless Fun!

Now that I have acquainted you with "Paint" techniques, you just have to play with them to get the effects you want on your pictures. They can be just simple outlines or elaborate paintings, with a miriad of shapes,colors and lines.
Don't be shy now! Jump right in there and discover the wonderful world of "Paint!"

Submitted by Susan Replogle
December 29,2011

Tags

Color Mixing, Color Techniques, Composition, Line Techniques, Painting, Photo Drawing, Photo Shading

Meet the author

author avatar Susan Replogle
I am an artist specializing in collage and photography. I also love to kayak,hike, river raft,camp in wilderness areas,backpack, and travel anywhere! My home is in western Colorado and I am surrounded by a miriad of wonderful mountains,canyons,and ri...(more)

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author avatar avery sandiego
29th Dec 2011 (#)

wow, I will read this again... I love art!

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author avatar Tranquilpen
29th Dec 2011 (#)

Hello Susan your love of nature shines through. Thank you for sharing.

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author avatar Denise O
31st Dec 2011 (#)

What a very creative idea. Love it! Welcome to Wikinut, I look forward to reading more of your work. Thank you for sharing.:)

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