From Photo To Fine Art?

As we scrapbook the moments in our lives, there are times when our photos need a little help. Adobe Photoshop provides many tools for enhancing pictures but can be somewhat daunting to use.

There's an easy tutorial at on using Adobe Photoshop to create a work of art — a faux painting, if you will. I tried it on a couple of photos I took last weekend in the Florida Keys.

Here's my original photo. This was taken on the dock at Key West…what a fabulous sunset!

You can't get any more south in the U.S. than this.




And here's the faux painting version.






Another original photo, this time from Key Largo. (A great place to scuba dive, by the way.) 

This was taken on the beach where we stayed.



And the faux painting effect. 





It's a fun technique to play with, and takes only a few steps. The technique is suitable for any level of Photoshop user, even beginners.

Watch the technique video at

May all your photos be "works of art!" My next task is to get the photos from this trip into a scrapbook. Off to work on that!

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