Combining Corel Painter Essentials 4 [which is free by the way], Elements 5, and a variety of brushes from Obsidian Dawn have driven me in a direction that is a bit different with some of my photography.
Digital Photo Painting. Yes Corel Painter Essentials 4 is a free program, but that doesn't mean it cannot be well used! I followed the tutorials that came with the program and then dove into playing with it.
Some results were hideous.
Some results were fantastic.
I combined the painting with layers in Elements 5. No I have not upgraded to the latest version, although I've thought about it. I get along with '5' so well, that I haven't explored the $ to upgrade.
I decided to add some textures to my digital art by using some interesting brushes from Obsidian Dawn.
This one was particularily fun as I used Obsidian Dawn's 'scratch out' brushes to add texture. I used layers to bring back the brick on the building and certain places that I wanted to bring the viewer's eye to.
Old crumbling buildings usually don't interest me at all, but this turned out ... in my own opinion, quite cool.
I may try this technique on some more architectural shots if I can get out and about and take some!
These artistic digital programs give me a whole new choice of creativity to follow.
I've actually combined it with Topaz Lab products in order to prepare the photo for 'painting' in the Corel program.
So if you have some photos and you are not sure what to do with them...or are bored of the same ol', same ol'...try some digital painting.
After all, there is none of the mess, and you never have to clean your brushes!