Landscape Photo With the Effect of Watercolor Painting

20 April 2018

In this tutorial, you will learn how to easily turn a photo into a watercolor painting with Artipic Photo Editor. To create the watercolor painting effect, we’ll use a few layers, filters and blend modes to gain fine-tune results for your own image or photo.

Step 1

First, duplicate the layer with the photo and apply the correction to the top layer Menu> Adjust> Posterize:

Step 2

Then add a new layer between the layers with landscape photos and place a watercolor texture on it. Stretch the texture according to the image size. The texture presented in the lesson is downloaded from the Internet, from a free resource:

Step 3

For greater brightness and color saturation, apply the Menu> Adjust> Hue Saturation adjustment to the texture layer:

Step 4

Now change the blending type for the top layer to Hard light and slightly reduce its opacity

Step 5

Now let’s add a bit of painting texture to the watercolor image using brush tool.

Create a mask Menu> Layer> Create layer mask. Hide all for the texture layer and using a white brush of a large size, apply it to the mask, putting strokes on the texture image.

Step 6

You can lighten the dark parts of the image with the Dodge tool. Use parameter Range – Midtones. Apply the same brush as you used in previous step. The watercolor picture is finished!

Water Color Painting Effect Using Artipic Tools

16 April 2018

In this Artipic features tutorial, you’ll learn how to easily take a photo look more like a watercolor painting on a crumpled paper. This photo effect works best on images where warm or cold colors and strong contrast is more important than keeping any portrait details, since you’ll be losing a lot of photo detail with this effect.

Step 1

To start working, you need to find a picture, that’ll be your background. Try something like aged paper texture. Our file has been downloaded from the free resource

Step 2

To create a grunge portrait, place the portrait in a second layer, above the background texture layer and use the Eraser tool of a large size with soft edges to remove some background

Step 3

Then turn the color portrait into black and white – Menu> Adjust> Black and White

Increase the brightness and contrast of the image – Menu> Adjust> Brightness Contrast

Step 4

Using Menu> Filter> High pass, increase the sharpness of the image

Step 5

Using Menu> Select> Color range, select the darkest colors. Thus, we have dark areas of the image. Invert the selected area – Menu> Select> Invert selection and delete all the light areas of the image

Step 6

Now again invert the selected area and delete the dark areas of the image. Now we have only selected areas, to which we apply a brush with a large pixel brush, selecting the colors at our discretion to make the watercolor transitions

Step 7

If you think that there is not enough color background, take the Lasso tool and circle the outline of the portrait. Then invert the selected area and paint some of the background. For the portrait layer, reduce the opacity to 70-75% so that the texture of the paper is visible and blur the borders a bit, applying Menu> Filter> Gaussian blur of small radius (1-3).

Here is the result:

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Duotone Photo Effect Tutorial from Artipic

13 April 2018

By following this tutorial, you can make two color tone photos with the help of Artipic Photo Editor by using simple step as shown in the blog. We will apply adjustment Tint layer.

Step 1

Add the adjustment layer Desaturate, turning the image into black and white picture

Use the adjustment layer Tint (Menu> Adjust> Tint) to make the image two-tone

Step 2

Select the effective color combinations

Enhance Your Image with Artipic Tools

02 April 2018

Pictures are important part of any visual content. Photographs reflect the world from its bright side, catching memorable moments.  Whether you’re working with your own images or pictures you took elsewhere, you should make sure your imagery is looking its best by paying attention. Using Artipic simple set of tools you can do different photo adjustments easily. Let’s have a look.

In this tutorial we’ll update a kitty portrait to make it more contrast and graphical.

Step 1

First, we will prepare a black / white graphic portrait. Open your photo in Artipic and make a copy of it.  After that, apply India Ink filter to it (you’ll find it on the style bar) and save it in the JPEG or PNG format.   Close the file and open it again. Style has “merged” with the image:

Step 2

Copy your new graphic b/w image and paste it as a new layer to the original color image of the kitty. Duplicate this layer and apply   Menu> Adjust> Threshold correction to one of them by moving the slider to the right:

Step 3

Add a new layer and make a few bright color spots using a soft, large brush

Then change the type of blending to Multiply and reduce the opacity to 35-40%.

Step 4

Now we return to the layer with the black and white image of the cat, which has not changed yet – increase the sharpness of the image with the help of the filter Menu> Filter> High pass. Duplicate this layer:

Step 5

Then, using Menu> Select> Color range, select all areas with black color (the same result can be achieved with the Magic wand tool):

Then invert the selected area (Menu> Select> Invert selection) and delete all areas except black. Decrease the opacity of this layer with the black outline to 85 – 90%. The type of the other mix is changed to Color burn. To apply the previously duplicated layer with the b/w cat, we apply blur to 1px and reduce the opacity of this layer to 60 – 65%. This layer should be lower than the black contour.

Step 6

Now the most creative part. Take the Eraser tool with a stiffness of 0% (combining the size and transparency of the eraser) and work out every black and white layer to get the effect of the transition of the b/w picture to a color image:

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Photo to Comics | Artipic Tutorial

27 March 2018

Let us see how to make an illustration in the style of the American magazine black and white comics.

Step 1

Create a new file of the correct size with a transparent background. Use the Selection tool (Lasso or Polygon) to select and copy the girl’s profile and paste it into our file as a new layer (Menu> Edit> Paste as> New layer / Panel Layer> Clipboard tab> Button). Delete the superfluous background near the image:

Step 2

The next step is to convert the portrait into black and white image with the help of Correction tool (Menu> Adjust> Black and White / Desaturate), then increase the brightness slightly and increase the contrast (Menu> Adjust> Brightness Contrast):

Step 3

To increase the sharpness, we use the filter Menu> Filter> High pass:

Step 4

Now we make the portrait graphical, similar to the poster, using Menu> Adjust> Posterize and reducing the number of levels to 3:

Step 5

You can add a graphic image. Copy it to a new layer. Remove the background. To make a gun of the right size and place it in the right way, use Menu> Edit> Free transform / Transform:

Step 6

Make the same actions with the image of the gun as you have mage with the portrait – decolorize it, make it more contrast, and apply the effect of posterization:

Step 7

Now let’s take up the background and dialogues. The background layer is filled with the same (or slightly darker) gray color that is used in the portrait. To create dialogs on a new layer using the Ellipse tool and the Pen tool, create outlines for the dialogs. Fill up the outlines with the white color.

Step 9

Now let’s do an oblique rain. Use the Line tool to create inclined straight lines of different thicknesses (we used lines 1, 2 and 3 pixels wide) and fill these outlines with white color:

Step 10

You can delete the outline. Now duplicate this layer with inclined lines 1 or 2 times. And then we’ll change the overlay type (for the lower layer we applied Soft light, for one of the upper ones you can apply Difference if you want the rain strokes to be visible on the white face). We  put 2 layers with rain above the portrait layer, and one under it. Then apply the Eraser tool to make the line intermittent, not solid. To make it look natural, I chose for the tool a large diameter brush, which has the form of individual small sprays

We recommend to use Bauhaus font for the text.

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Street Art Tutorial from Artipic

21 March 2018

Based on Wikipedia, “Street art is visual art created in public locations and is closely related with urban art and guerrilla art. Common forms and media include spray paint graffiti, stencil graffiti, wheatpasted poster art, sticker art, street installations, and sculpture”. In todays Artipic tutorial we’ll show how to create graffiti or Bansky-style pictures from your photo shots.

Step 1

Create a new file of the correct size (for example – 300 pixels x 1800 pixels) with a transparent background and fill the background with a newly created gray gradient (Gradient tool> Edit gradient):

Step 2

Add a new layer and copy the texture of the concrete wall onto it (you can download it on the Internet). Using the transformation function (Menu> Edit> Transform / Free transform), stretch the image of the texture to the entire layer, then change the blending type of the texture layer from Normal to Overlay and reduce the opacity to 40-45%:

Step 3

The next step is to select a photo for our graffiti. Using the Selection tool (Lasso), select the outline of the portrait, copy and paste it into a file on a new layer using Menu> Edit> Paste as> New layer. Then soften the boundaries of the portrait using the Eraser tool, apply a medium hardness border for this brush. Now convert the color portrait to a black and white image using the Menu> Adjust> Black and White / Desaturate options:

Step 6

Next, use Menu> Adjust Brightness Contrast to make the image more contrast, and use the Menu> Filter> High pass filter to sharpen the image. The boundaries of the portrait, where a shadow was formed, can be processed with the Eraser tool. Create a copy of this layer:

Step 7

Apply correction Menu > Adjust > Threshold:

Step 8

With the Magic wand tool select and delete all white areas:

Step 9

On the layer with a contrast bw portrait, select all white areas using the Magic wand tool. Then invert the selected area (Menu> Select> Invert selection) and delete all areas except white:

Step 10

Now we need to create a background with chaotic bands and paint splashes. To do this, create a new layer and draw strokes, splashes and lines using brushes. I created separate layers for white and black splashes.  You can experiment with the layers transparency:

Step 11

The last touch is to add a text on the portrait. Try using the Papirus headset and a warp distortion.   To make 2 lines, I converted the text to a bitmap format using Menu> Layer> Convert Text layer to image. You can make a few strokes on the text with the Eraser tool, selecting the brush in the form of a smear and adding the red beys to the brush with a large diameter brush in the form of a spray. Our graffiti portrait on the concrete wall is ready!

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7 Days, 7 Photos Challenge with Artipic

13 March 2018

7 Days, 7 Photos was started in Facebook, where people posted 1 photo a day during a week that describes their life. Picture should be black and white. We at Artipic decided to show you how to impress your followers and friends with professionally edited photos using our app.

You can apply ready-to use filters to transform initial photos to the b&w masterpieces. Don’t forget to save the color-pictures as well.

Let’s see the examples of the filters:

Initial picture:

1905 Style:

Gentle BW Style:

India Ink Style:

Initial picture:

Maxed out BW Style:

High contrast BW Style:

Initial Picture:

Drama Style:

India Ink Style:

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Let’s Pop-Art Your Pictures! Free Tutorial from Artipic

07 March 2018

In this short tutorial we’ll tell you how to create an image in the style of Andy Warhol works from an ordinary photo using Artipic Photo Editor tools.

Step 1

Outline the portrait using the Selection tool (Poligon selection tool) with small Radius and Feather value (you can leave them at 0, it will look more like a collage). Then invert the selected area (Menu> Select> Invert selection) and delete background:

Step 2

Add a new adjustment layer “Hue Saturation“, change the parameters of Hue, slightly increase the Saturation and Lightness:

Step 3

Add a new adjustment layer “Posterize” and reduce the number of levels:

Step 4

Changing the parameters of Hue you can get more color combinations. Such a portrait or collage of several portraits in different color combinations can be placed on a T-shirt, poster, or it can be used as a sketch for graffiti:


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How to Watermark Your Images with Artipic

06 March 2018

Protecting images online is one of the most important issue for both professional and amateur photographers. Nobody is happy when their content is stolen. In order to prevent pirated use of your shots, you can apply Watermark technique. In this tutorial we’ll learn how to add a watermark protection to your photo or picture.

On the Image Style Panel (by the way, download Artipic for free), select the Watermarks. Enter necessary data into the parameters of the photo effect: text of the watermark, font of its outline, the color and size, the number of rows and columns, the slope and transparency of the text.

Apply this style to the image. You can save the changes in the original style or save the modified style as an independent one.

Some wise tips for photographers:


 1. Always-alway keep all your work or it’s copy in cloud file-storages

 2. Never-never send “watermarked” images to customers that pay!

 3. Better not to play around with the image opacity in order to give your clients clear view on your work (photograph). 

 4. Save your watermark as a file and easily drop it into your photos whenever you are need to watermark an image.


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Artipic Quick Tip: How to Make a Custom Poster from Portrait Photos

20 February 2018

In this tutorial we’ll tell you how to customize a simple portrait photo and make an amazing, artsy poster from it. So let’s start! Open your Artipic Photo Editor.


To create a graphic image, place the portrait as the second layer, above the background layer (in our case, it is solid beige color) and use the Eraser tool with soft edges (Hardness = 0%) to remove the initial background from the photo:

Step 2.

Next, increase the brightness and contrast of the portrait with following commands:

Menu> Adjust> Brightness Contrast:

Step 3.

With the next step enhance the color contrast using Menu> Filter> High pass with radius more than 20:

Step 4.

Using Menu> Select> Color range, select all light areas on the portrait using the Dropper tool:

Highlight the bright sections of the portrait and delete them. Your image should look like this:

Step 5.

We advise you to make a copy of this layer to use it for another poster design.  Now, on the duplicate layer, select all the transparent areas with the Magic Wand tool, invert the selected area (Menu> Select> Invert selection) and create a new layer mask (Menu> Layer> Create layer mask> Reveal selection).

After that, go to the the portrait layer and make the image active (click on the thumbnail of the image). Fill the image with the selected gradient from the list:

Step 6.

Now let’s move on and add text to the image. To do this, you’ll need to create several brushes with text:

 – Create a new file of small size (for example, 350×100 pixels) with a transparent background

 – Using the Text tool create the desired black inscription

 – If necessary, trim the file using the Crop tool

 – Save the file in png format

 – Make a few more files like this, changing the labels and font sets:

Step 7.

Now you need to upload your new brushes with text to the application. To do this, open the parameters window on the brush properties panel. At the bottom right corner you’ll find “Import a new brush” and select “Import from file” in the context menu. Set the settings and be sure to save the brush by clicking on the “Save the current brush” arrow:

Step 8.

Create a new layer and, using the created brushes with the text, apply the text to the portrait, overlapping the colored areas with text of different density and size:

Step 9.

On the text layer, select the inscriptions using the Magic Wand tool (Tolerance 55-75 parameter) and make the layer with the mask and the gradient active (you can turn off the visibility of the text layer).

Then invert the selected area with the text (Menu> Select> Invert selection) and on the mask layer do the active mask (click on the thumbnail of the mask). After that, delete the selected text areas on the mask:

Step 10.

And finally the last step!

Create a new layer with a small opacity and place it little bit below the portrait. Make several inscriptions of different colors. Then create a next layers with the text and place it slightly over the portrait. Our graphical poster is ready!

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Artipic Quick Tip: Transparent Text Effect

07 February 2018

Do you wonder how to add transparent text on a foggy or misty window using photo editing tools? Follow this quick Artipic tutorial and create romantic and stylish photos. 

First thing you should do is to choose your own background image. Next thing is selecting correct font for your text. The best one is font which is similar to handwritten text.

Step 1

Copy the original image as a new layer

Step 2

Using the Gaussian blur filter, blur the image on a new layer

Step 3

Use the Adjust Brightness Contrast (this tool increases the brightness and reduces the contrast) to simulate a misted glass.

Step 4

Create a text layer. We decided to use a heart sign instead of the word “love”, so we made a space between the words “I” and “you!”. In this example, the Mustral font is used. The color of the text doesn’t matter.

Step 5

Next, convert the text layer to a bitmap (Menu> Layer> Convert Text Layer to Image or Layer Panel> Context Menu> Convert Text Layer to Image) and use the tools Select and Move to arrange the words (given that there will be a “heart” yet). Then, using the Magic Wand tool, select all the text elements. Activate layer with a fuzzy and clarified background (misted glass). Now transform the selected area (small rotation and increase) – Menu> Select> Convert> Select the transformation

Step 6

After the transformation, delete the selected areas. It remains to draw the missing heart with the Eraser tool. Slightly reduce the transparency of the layer with the inscription for greater realism

Here is the outcome of the tutorial. As you can see the technique used is pretty simple it was all about Layer Styles, Masks and basic filters. Artipic is here to help you creating masterpieces from any photo or image.

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Quick Tip: White Balance Adjustment

12 January 2018

Before we dig in the quick tutorial how to fix white balance in your photos, let’s dive in a theory. White balance refers to the color temperature in your photo or image. How does it work? It makes photo look more neutral by adding opposite color to the image. It means white balance helps remove extra blue, green or red photo appearance.

Using modern digital cameras, it is easy to tune white balance settings. If you’re making photos outside on a sunny day, simply turn your camera’s white balance setting to “sun”, and if you’re shooting on a cloudy day, set your digital camera’s white balance setting to “cloudy,” etc.

This quick guide from Artipic serves those cases when you forgot to use white balance tool on your camera or need to retouch photos made by someone else. So let’s start!

 1. How to fix overexposed photos

Overexposed photo is one which has too much light on it.

Open original photo with Artipic photo editor.

Open Menu > Module > White Balance

Check the “Overexposure correction”, click OK:

 2. Yow to fix underexposed (dark) photos

Open Menu > Module > White Balance

Check the “Underexposure correction”:

 3. How to adjust white balance in automatic mode

Open Menu > Module > White Balance

Check the “Auto correction” (this setting is used by default):

 4. How to enhance photos with the predominance of a certain color in the photo.

This tool is mostly useful for underwater or winter photos.

Menu > Adjust > Color enhancer:

As you can see, correcting white balance issues in photos is generally quite simple and doesn’t require any sort of professional-level photo editing skills. If you would like to share your photo editing tips and tricks, feel free to join the conversation and leave comments in our blog.

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How to Add Christmas-Style Text to Your Photo

28 December 2017

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Text on pictures can make a postcard out of your photo or image and share not only your messaging, but also the mood. In Artipic we happily present you a very special font to make your lettering look truly festive and reflect the Christmas and New Year holidays. Whether you’re designer, photographer or just an amateur photography fan, Artipic is yours on-elbow tool to combine text and photos in the most convenient and creative way.

We help you make your images looking great and brilliant, our typography experts provide you with all necessary functionality to get the design you would like to have. Follow quick and easy tutorial tips below to add the effect of the “snow” text on the New Year’s card.

See what you’ll get as the result:pic1

4 initial steps you should follow:
– Copy image as a new layer
– Apply Gaussian blur filter to blur your image on a new layer
– Change transparency to 70%
– Switch overlay type to Multiply (to make the background darker and more saturated).


After that add a text. We used Chiller font. Using text transformation tool change the lettering:


Turn the test layer into a bitmap layer using the Menu> Layer> Convert Text layer to image option. Apply the Add Noise filter to the rasterized text:


Convert color noise to a black and white image (Menu > Adjust > Black and White):


Add contrast and reduce the brightness by increasing the number of black dots (Menu > Adjust > Brightness Contrast):


To leave only white fragments of the inscription, take Magic Wand (Tolerance> 50, “Sample all layers” -enable) and select white fragments by clicking the magic wand on the white color of the text. Afterwards, invert the selection (Menu> Select> Invert Selection) and delete the black color pixels:


To soften the boundaries of the remaining white pieces of the text, apply the Smoothen filter (Menu> Filter> Smoothen):

pic8artNow we need to add “snow” accents to the text, using a special brush. Changing the size of the brush and transparency, we achieve the effect of traces of snow on the glass:


Now you know how to make you own great New Year postcards! Artipic wishes you warm and happy holidays!

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Reversible Stylization

25 May 2015

Have you found perfect combination of filters for your images? Apply them all with just one click using Artipic’s Reversible Stylization.

Artipic Styles


Reversible (non-destructive) Stylization Module allows managing presets of effects and applying them to images without affecting the source. You can use existing presets or create you own ones:

Artipic Styles

The effects are “real-time”, so you can continue editing picture (painting, etc.) with the effects constantly applied.


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12 May 2015

Do you have a great image idea in mind? Artipic is at your service with a rich set of tools for unexpected combinations and brilliant compositions:

Artipic Compositions


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Mix and Match

29 April 2015

Mix and match Artipic’s filters, apply tint, change temperature and much more:

Artipic Mix and Match



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Your photos become spectacular

30 March 2015

Sometimes looking at your photos you see an amazing combination like a tree, sunset and silly birds…. Try to play with it – Artipic’s effects and filters are at your disposal:

Artipic Effect

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Piece of Art

16 March 2015

With the vast variety of Artipic’s effects and filters your regular picture will magically turn into a piece of art with just a few clicks.

Artipic Effects


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Effects and Filters

02 March 2015

Artipic grants you multiple effects and filters for easy photo-editing and gives your picture a great artistic appearance.

Tint makes your pictures stylish — no matter what color or B&W:

Artipic Tint


What mood are you in today? Adjust your picture from “cold” to “warm” with Color Temperature:

Artipic Color Temperature


Color Enhancer is your savior for bringing the richness and depth to your picture:

Artipic Color Enhancer


Multiple photo filters make each of your images unique:

Artipic Photo Filter


High Pass for sharpening images by affecting only the edge areas:

Artipic High Pass



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Batch Processing

16 February 2015


Artipic Batch Module empowers to format large numbers of images by applying predefined action sets. Automatically adjust and upload your images for further distribution (be it Instagram or an e-commerce CMS platform) with a single click.

Artipic Batch Processing Transparent

Batch Module enables taking any set of files or folders and processing them using capabilities as follows:

–  Applying any combination of image adjustments, filters and effects mentioned above

–  Resizing images to common dimensions resolutions. Cropping images

–  Cutting background for further composition

–  Rotating images by a free angle

–  Shading images

–  Composing images with other images (signs, backgrounds, etc.) using various modes

–  Applying watermarks

–  Setting output structure and defining target image formats

–  Defining naming policy

Batch Module also allows saving configured batches for further use, defining processing policies and monitoring both process and results by batch progress dialogs and batch reports.


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