Gertrudis Graphics

April 13, 2008

Converting Photos to REAL Paintings

Filed under: General — enieloud @ 11:24 am

This is one of the most interesting things done with Gertrudis that I’ve ever heard of.
This tutorial was sent to me in the beginning of the 2007, but I never had enough time to edit, and publish. It was sent by Zeljko Grujicic.

While this tutorial was prepared with Gertrudis Pro, it’s perfectly applicable with GMX-PhotoPainter. By that time Gertrudis Pro version 2.5 had an error exporting to tiff, and the tutorial has some extra steps to correct this error, it also references a quality problem saving to JPG, this problem is now solved too.
Here comes the tutorial:

I’ve prepared complete preview of making reproductions
by your program Gertrudis, Photoshop and machine for flatbed digital printing BUSJET.

I have opened a picture with GertrudisPro.
Original dimensions of the picture is 40,5×30,5 cm, resolution of 300 dpi.
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I’ve kept the original dimensions (reset to original).

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I’ve chosen the smallest density of a brush, vectorial stroke, saturation -128 and the thinnest line.

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“apply to the whole image” set to 7500 steps.

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That kind of the picture I’ve saved as a .tiff, because your .jpeg compression is too high and results with low quality of the picture.

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Painting technique and the brush were chosen by my taste.

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In the Photoshop I’ve opened both pictures done in the Gertrudis.

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Original picture has 300 dpi resolution.

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Gertrudis picture has 200 dpi with modified dimensions.

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I was forced to return the resolution into the original one (300 dpi).

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For the efect that is needed, I’ve created new picture with identical dimensions.

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Pics. from Gertrudis were copied to the new one as layers.
Paint layer with the transparency of 15%.

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Line layer is multiply.

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Then I’ve flattened the image.

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It was saved as the best quality .jpeg.

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The canvas was prepared with the special type of paint.

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On the canvas prepared like that I’ve printed the picture prepared in the Photoshop.

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This is how canvas looks like after the printing.
Lines you can see are the lines which Gertrudis uses for the brush.
Background with 15% transparency is needed so I can see the edges of the objects.

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By following the lines Gertrudis had done, I can make relief, which is in the end going to look like real
paintbrush moves.

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This is what it looks like when the object is filled with paint. :)

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Here you can see the whole painting with the background.

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After drying, canvas is being printed with the Gertrudis’s final picture.

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On these pictures you can see relief, which in the combination with Gertrudis’s picture gives complete imitation
of the oil-painting.

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Gertrudis is very usefull program.
It is pretty good for both amateur and
professional users (can be handled for
short time).
Also, it has quite a few painting
techniques, so there great varietes.

Some of my friends, which are
professional painters, were shocked by
the quality of paintings and possibilities of the Gertrudis.

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1 Comment »

  1. dear i really impress your work. ur using a genius technology. i’m living in Pakistan and i’m a graphic artist. i ‘m in the digital flex printing business, i have sieko 10ft printer and also print the canvases. i faithfully fane of your work.

    Comment by Muhammad Faisal Nadeem — March 26, 2009 @ 12:38 am

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