My attempts to duplicate Monet’s colours on the computer were a disaster!
1. Most of the standard techniques for changing colours in Photoshop (Colour Balance, Hue/Saturation, Photo Filter) merely added an unattractive colour cast to the ‘painting’.
2. Using ‘Replace Color’ resulted in a very patchy unattractive effect.
3. Another attempt along this line was to select only the rock cliffs and ‘airbrush’ purple tones on a second layer which was then blended into the first. But I ran into trouble adding the scattering of orangy tones to the sky and water. This was because….
4. … all virtual paint brushes painted with one colour only, with none of that wonderful blending of tones that you get with a ‘real’ paintbrush and ‘real’ paint. This was true in both Photoshop and later in Psykopaint which I went back to in desperation.
5. With Psykopaint I was able to ‘blend’ these single colours into the actual colours of the photo beneath, but I found the result murky and heavy-handed, even when brightened up.
So the following was the best I could come up with, and note that I’m not putting the Monet painting of the same scene next to them as the Monet puts them to shame.
Étretat as done in Psykopaint photo app with a Monet brush, and adjusted in Pixlromatic.
Another version of the same ‘painting’ in Pixlromatic, looking rather like a faded old painting. Not at all Monet-like, but I kind of like it…
Here is a screen shot of Étretat painted with Psykopaint and edited in Stackables.And the final result, looking like an old Renaissance painting, well sort of…
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