Graphic Design Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for Graphic Design professionals, students, and enthusiasts. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Yesterday I went to a local art market and found some work I really liked:

In de wolken 80x80cm op basis van acryl
In de wolken 80x80cm op basis van acryl by Kitty Meijering

It made me wonder how I might achieve a similar effect in Photoshop, but I could not find anything online. So, if anybody could point me in the right direction it would be highly appreciated!

share|improve this question
Corel's Painter creates the feel of natural media much easier and better. – Scott Aug 10 '13 at 9:08
I see, however I do not own corel nor have any experience with it. I'm afraid I'm really looking for a photoshop solution. – Jason Schot Aug 10 '13 at 10:03
Understood. :) But.. you could save money on a hammer and build a house with only a pair of pliers... That doesn't make it fun or a worthwhile venture ;) Corel has free demos. Honestly, the amount of work needed in Photoshop is completely ridiculous when compared to Painter, regardless of any experience in either app. Most users can launch Painter and be creating natural-media-like images in a matter of minutes. – Scott Aug 10 '13 at 10:19
Although I wouldn't agree with photoshop being the metaphorical equivalent of pliers when building houses :), I do think Painter does a amazing job in emulating real brush strokes. A lot of digital artists like Photoshop because of the ease of customization you have with brushes and the vast resources there are for brushes. If you asked digital painters I honestly think it would be close to split among their tool of preference, but when it comes to imitating the feel of canvas Painter is slightly ahead of Photoshop – Adam Schuld Aug 10 '13 at 15:13

I believe the best free resource to get started digital painting with Photoshop is Ctrl + Paint. Before watching this magician, Matt Kohr, explain how painting works on Photoshop I thought painting was really out of reach as a hobby. As said in the comments, I really think Corel Painter might be slightly better in terms of imitating the real feel of canvas. If you have a skill set already in Photoshop though, painting is not that difficult to pick up.

To understand how to make brushes that would imitate the above painting you might want to start with this video on Ctrl+Paint and build your way towards researching how to create custom brushes in Photoshop

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.