According to the very reliable Wikipedia, paint by numbers kits were in introduced by the the Craft Master brand in1951, selling over 12 million kits. The kits said proclaimed, “A BEAUTIFUL OIL PAINTING THE FIRST TIME YOU TRY”, although I’m not sure they’d envisaged a 5 year old me making a complete pigs ear of one I got for Christmas…
The public response to these kits led other companies to produce their own versions of paint by number. I’m going to show you how to create your own. Well, without the paint….well actually, just the outline picture, but its a start. The paint mixing bit you’ll have to have a go at yourself – just remember, most skin colours need a bit of blue to make them realistic (even very pale or pinky skinned people).
I love taking portrait photos, and also like to paint portraits, but am bobbins at getting face dimensions right…so here’s how to cheat and create a work of art with a little help.
YOU WILL NEED:
- You’ll need Adobe Photoshop for this…or any other photo package that allows you to create a cut out (cartoony type) effect.
I’ll show you two ways of doing this – one give less detail (good for practice runs/kids) the other gives more detail and involves using a Photoshop plug in called Simplify from Topaz Labs
IMPORTANT Remember to use layers in Photoshop so you can turn different images (the original, the cut out version, the outline, the cutout version with the outline on etc) on and off.
The more complicated version uses Topaz Lads Simplicity plug in – you can try it out with a 30 day trial here.
Have fun…and do share what you’ve created…I’d love to see your works of art.