AB Friday. Creating a Pony Painting.

Last week was Octoberfest, which I love. So I wandered around the festival some taking pictures. One of my favorite things at the fair, minus the beer and bratwurst, was the animal “farm” for the kids. The kids were all wandering about trying to pet the animals. I was really no different, but I wanted to photograph them as well. I came across this little pony who was graciously giving out rides to the kids. I loved its shaggy mane and sweet eyes and thought he would make a wonderful subject. Now, came the tough part, how did I want to edit this sweet little face.


Since I was unsure, I started flipping through Photoshop tutorials on YouTube. I came across the one below and I thought I would try it. Unfortunately though, I do not have Photoshop CS6, like they use in the video. Therefore, I could not do their complete process as I don’t have the oil paint filter. Either way though, it started me on a path to some new techniques.

Before I did anything in the video though, I decided to edit out the rope going across the pony’s muzzle. It was distracting to me. Once I got it all out, I thought it looked odd that there was still a metal clip on his halter. However, I have a horse and sometimes there are clips on things. So, it really is not that unusual. Well, at least not at the stable where my horse is anyway. Below is the result of cloning out the rope.

Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 10.17.14 PMThe next step was to make the layer a smart filter, which in Photoshop CS5, is under the filter tab. This allows you to edit the filters later. Huh. I never knew that before. Now THAT will be useful later for sure! After making the layer a smart filter, I opened the filter gallery and selected the Cutout filter and used the levels you see below.

Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 10.20.23 PMThen I hit the tab for New Effect Layer, which is at the bottom of the dark grey box on the bottom right side of the screen. (Apparently, my screen shot was a bit too cropped as the little icon cannot be seen here in these shots. Sorry.) Once you do this, it creates another filter layer. (See the below bottom right grey box. It now shows two layers.)

Once you do this, you can pick other filter options and see how it applies to your picture. You can keep changing until you find one you like. I tried to follow the video tutorial and did the Angled Strokes filter with the levels you see below.

Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 10.22.37 PMStill following the video lead, I tried another New Effect Layer. This time I used the Texturizer filter, which is below where my screen shot end. (Maybe drinking a beer while editing is not working for me?) Under that filter option, there is a drop down as well. I chose the canvas option. (See the top right side of the screen shot.) This gives the picture a canvas look, but I imagine you figure that out from the name. 🙂

Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 10.23.56 PMAfter all that, I liked what I had and didn’t want to overwork the picture. Also, I wanted to get some feedback on this layering of effects that I have never tried before. So for the final touch, I applied the HDR toning option with the setting you see below.

Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 10.28.14 PMThis smoothed out the picture some. Then, I added a splash more contrast and brightness. And there you have it, one “painted pony.”

What do you think? Feel free to give me ideas and honest feedback. I appreciate the candor and find it great to learn from.

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8 thoughts on “AB Friday. Creating a Pony Painting.

    1. Thank you! I agree, this pony was so adorable. I took a few other pics of others too of course. I will have to show some of those later though. I have always been a sucker for a pony/horse though. It was fun to try. I certainly never new you could layer the effects like that!

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