Saturday, August 15, 2009

Classical Art Color Match

Have you ever wondered what some of your travel photos or favorite portraits would look like colored with the palette of famous paintings?

I learned about this cool photo editing technique to change the color scheme of photos from unfocusedbrain.com.

The process is simple. Load your original photo and artwork reference image into Photoshop*, then use "Match Color" under image adjustments. The artist's color palette is instantly applied to the photo and then you get to tweak 'Luminance' and 'Color Intensity.'

These are some of the results after playing around with this technique for a couple of weeks. Not all photos and paintings "work" together. This project takes a lot of experimenting, but it is fun! And, there is a practical side to playing around like this. If you want to make a painting, it could be helpful to do explorations on the computer first before committing to expensive art materials.

In these examples I used famous paintings of the masters, but the colors from any photo can be used. That opens up a lot of creative possibilities.

Sunflowers with color palette of Claude Monet's Poplars on the Bents of the Epte 1891


Creek with color palette of Paul Cezanne's View of l'Estaque and the Château d'If 1885


Tree with color palette of Raphael's School of Athens 1510



Bunny with color palette of Raphael's School of Athens 1510


Canyon Rock Face with color palette of Albrect Durer's Self-Portrait 1500


Gary's Visitor with color palette of Edward Hopper's Nighthawks 1942


Track with color palette of Paul Gauguin's Woman Holding a Fruit 1893


Track with color palette of Andre Derain's Boats in Port of Collioure 1905


Cat with color palette of Pablo Picasso's The Weeping Woman 1937


Cat with color palette of Vincent Van Gogh's Cafe Terrace at Night 1888


Bench with color palette of Paul Cezanne's View of l'Estaque and the Château d'If 1885


Bench with color palette of Vincent Van Gogh's Cafe Terrace at Night 1888

Click on any photo to see it larger.

*I used Photoshop CS2, but there might be some free web-based programs that can do this technique.

An article at makeuseof.com explains how to color your pictures like famous paintings with FlauntR.

11 comments:

betchai said...

thanks for sharing this process Diane, it is very interesting, love the transformations you did, the lighting just so impressive. i will find time to study these as well.

Sunny said...

It's so much fun to experiment with these programs.

Icy BC said...

I love playing with photoshop too! All your pictures turned out great, and the colors are wonderful..I must find a software that can do this..

Cindy said...

All of the photos are great, but I really like the second one (the creek). The processing is very cool.

koala said...

That's very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

Loree said...

That's very interesting. I'm not an artist but my husband loves to paint so I will let him know about this technique.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

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Cher said...

simply amazing!

Prospero said...

That's pretty interesting, isn't it, Diane? I really like your creek, tree, and black cat photos .

I though everything worked really well except for the beige cat on the chair. The Picasso or Van Gogh there didn't do anything for me.

CiNdEe said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday! I just wanted to stop in and say hi. I enjoyed your photos too!!!

Bhavesh Chhatbar said...

This is superb, the last one is mindblowing :)

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