The History Brush has an even more creative cousin - meet the Art History Brush

EThe Art History Brush is one of those bizarre but fun features Adobe comes up with once in a while. Basically,it is used to convert any image into one that looks hand-painted.The original photo is on the left,and the Art History conversion on the right.

E Here's how it works.Open any photo, preferably one that will work well as a painting.You don't need to perform any action to set things up,just select the current state as the History Source and select the Art History Brush.We used the Impressionist preset from the pop-up menu at the very top-left of the Options bar and painted over the image.

B . That blocks out the image nicely.Now we can paint some of the finer details back in.Changing the brush to a much smaller radius lets you add back some details, but you can do this only to certain areas.We've used a 3-pixel brush,and the Loose Medium Style from the History Brush's Options bar.

EYou can carry on adding details back, changing brushes and styles until you get the result you want. Here we went back and lightened the original image then used this as the source,enabling us to add in some detail in the darker part of the face.

Historic detail

Even if the detail has been obliterated,you can bring it back by using a smaller brush, because the original, untouched image is used as the source.

Pick a mode

The Art History Brush can be applied in different blending modes: Darken, Lighten, Hue, Colour, Saturation and Luminosity.


In this chapter...

n Learn how to wield the Clone tool (Rubber Stamp) like a pro n Using blending modes to get better results when cloning difficult textures like skin

O Learn how to clone pixels between documents n Working with the Healing and Patch tools to improve portraits and photos

O Perform special effects and image manipulation tricks using Cloning

O Perform special effects and image manipulation tricks using Cloning

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