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Turning your photos into works of art using PostworkShop - Part 1

By Jessy Jex

A bit of background....PostworkShop is fun-to-use to transform your photos into an oil painting or watercolor, pastel drawing or pencil sketch, abstract artwork or old-time photograph using techniques from some of the most famous artists. 
PostworkShop was created by a company with the goal to create innovative graphic applications and make them accessible to a wide audience by keeping their usage simple and their price affordable.

I think they do just that.  When I first discovered PostworkShop Pro by Xycod, I barely touched the surface of its feature set capability and thought it was an awesome product.  

In this series of 3 tutorials, we will work through the software from beginner to more advanced features so whether you are a novice or a professional artist these tutorials will be useful.   

A quick review on the layout:

* the Compositing workspace is on the left (1)
* Style Browser, Projects, Properties + Preview on the right (2)
* Object Browsing and Layer Browsing are below the workspace (3)
*the layout will change slightly based on your version of PostworkShop.

Let's get started by loading an image into Compositing area, and apply a random style by clicking the dice (1). 


Rolling the dice.....

 Click the dice a few times and watch PostworkShop apply one of the 350 styles randomly to your image.  
Now if you looking for more control or just want to peruse the styles, select the Styles tab on the right, and move through the major grouping: Building blocks, Drawing, Painting, Graphic Arts, and Photo.

You will see multiple selections under each grouping and its sub group.  Oh yes, the possibilities are endless and we have only just begun.  

Today, I am going to check out the Graphic Arts group -> Illustrations -> Architectural Sketch 2.  Double click on that final style, and watch PostworkShop apply the style to your image.

To get the biggest bang, most images will require some tweaking of the individual style in the Properties + Preview pane so the style fully compliments your image. 

Or your original image might have been too dark or light for the best result, depending on the style.    Oh yes, you can edit the original image and watch PostworkShop make the adjustments to the original image and the stylized image.   To edit your original image just click on that original image file, then go to the Properties + Preview, and you will see options to adjust your original image.  

Throughout any of the above changes, if you don't like your anything go to Edit and Undo.
 Don't forget to save!   You will notice a couple save option under File.   The Save Project option saves what you created in a format only recognizable by PostworkShop allowing you to come back later and further manipulate your stylized image.   Make sure you save this project so you can come back for the second tutorial of PostworkShop.    For an industry standard format, you will use Save Image and choose the name, location, file type, and quality.  

As you work your way through all the styles, you will find some are better for certain types of photos, i.e. landscapes, portraits, abstract, still life's, etc.   This was done by design, and you might find favorites that can be moved to Styles -> User -> Favorites for easy navigation.

Starting to understand why I thought the software was awesome?   Just think this is only the first tutorial and we have 2 more to cover that will start to build on the areas we covered today. 
Enjoy PostworkShop from now and until the next tutorial is released!   You can buy the Pro version here: http://postworkshop.net/buy-postworkshop-now

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Jessy Jex, Owner, Shamineau Marketing, LLC
When I am not managing my own marketing company, I am the Marketing and Affiliate Manager for Xycod's PostworkShop  products.  When I discovered their products, I enjoyed them so much I chose to help spread the word and grow their business.
Related Keywords:postworkshop, xycod, photoshop, graphic arts, graphic design

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