Combining PhotoScape’s Pictorialization Effects in Photos

In my previous post,  “Earthen Jars or How to ‘Paint’ with PhotoScape”; I briefly discussed how I made use of the ‘Pictorialization’ feature of PhotoScape to improve photos of earthen jars and make them more appealing.  Pictorialization is one of the ‘Filter’ features under the ‘Editor’ menu of PhotoScape.  Specifically, I made use of the ‘Water Paint’ effect to improve the surfaces of jars which I didn’t like.  The other pictorialization effects include colored pencil, watercolor pencil,  impressionistic, pastel, pen, oil painting, pencil, cartoon, color engraving, and monochrome engraving — quite a wide array of choices for somebody who wants to experiment with pictorialization effects on a photo.

Well, since I was already on it, I continued to explore, or rather play, with these options.  The various effects came out quite well –photos looked like impressionistic paintings with the impressionistic option; like oil on canvas if applied with the oil painting option, and so on — although the quality of the final product still depends on how well you combine various editing options.

What I was curious about was what happens if I apply two of these options in one photo so I took one of an earthen jar which I already converted into a ‘water painting’ then I applied the ‘colored engraving’ effect on it and I was pleasantly surprised by the result.  Compared to the same photos of these jars in my previous post, these ones came out beautifully unique with intricate designs that appear to be part of the actual jar.  What gives it away however  is the fact that the surfaces of the surrounding rocks also have similar textures but it is this textured appearance that makes it different and attactive especially if they were framed (as I have done on these photos still using PhotoScape) then imagined to be hanging on your wall.

Encouraged, I tried this technique on another photo, this time with a set of smaller jars and still it came quite well (first photo). I tried it on a photo of carrots, and the unique appeal of the resulting photo made it look so good that I want to hang a framed print-out on my kitchen wall.

However, the technique doesn’t seem to be applicable to just any photo.  As can be seen in my photo of a fish sculpture on the left, the original photo on top looks better than the one with the engraving effect below it.  In the photo of the diving boy, the original (top photo) and the one in water paint effect (middle) are more preferable to me than the one with the engraving effect at the bottom.  I was also not happy with the result when I applied this technique with portraits.

So, in conclusion, combining the pictorialization effects of PhotoScape in a single photo can be fun and exciting and can be very effective if applied appropriately with other photo-editing techniques.  But it requires a lot of experimentation and, as I said in my previous post, it eventually boils down to the photographer’s style and personal preference.

Have fun with your photos.