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ParticleShop Plugin for Adobe Photoshop

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ParticleShop is a brush plugin for Adobe Photoshop.

I was introduced to ParticleShop the brush plugin for Adobe Photoshop at Photoshop World 2015. I liked the demo and I decided to buy and try this plugin ( You can download the trial version to try first).

First of  all I want to point  out that if you are looking for a great painting plugin this in NOT your plugin. I can’t imagine using this plugin for my type of painting. My primary and one and only application for my all digital painting work is Adobe Photoshop CC and most of the time I am using the Mixer Brush Tool. Also I am using Adobe Sketch ( Adobe mobile drawing application) as well. So if you will ask me what is the best application for a digital painting I will answer: The ONE and ONLY Adobe Photoshop CC.

I am not using any third party plugins.   As an  Adobe Creative Cloud subscriber the main and primary reason for  me to use ParticleShop plugin is that this plugin is works with the newest version of Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 and the one one license you purchase will be installed for Adobe Photoshop CC  and Adobe Lightroom as well.

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The ParticleShop plugin is a great plugin for any type of artistic retouching. It’s amazing with hair and high fashion retouching, and if you like to apply any effects to your image you’ll probably like it. Because ParticleShop is the brush plugin for Adobe Photoshop you have access to all powerful Adobe Photoshop futures, including layers and if combine the plugin with other Photoshop features you will create a very powerful image. With the ParticleShop plugin you have control over your image, you can control the brush strokes:  light, color, and angle. You can apply multiple brush(es) effects in one image. Combine, change the  color,  and opacity of the brush. You can apply brush strokes effects and return to Photoshop and apply the layer mask, duplicate the layer and continue your workflow using Adobe Photoshop. If after that you want to  return to ParticleShop you can do it at any time.

I like the plugin and will use it for sure with my design and art workflow.
I have only two complaints about the Starter Pack Options:

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1: I wish I had at least two different types of each default brushes.
You can buy additional brush packs for $29.99 each but I am not sure I will spend $29.99 for each brush pack (each plugin has 11 brushes and  so it would be 11 packs) just after I spent $49.99 for the plugin. If I would have at least two different combinations  of each brush as a Starter Pack Options I would feel much better.
2: I had trouble making some of my brushes big enough for my image ( 6016 x 4016 ) even after I made  the Brush size by Maximum = 750 ( Starter Pack Options)
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Convert your photo into a drawing

Step by step tutorial how to convert your photo into a drawing using  Adobe Lightroom  CC:

1: Open your image in the Develop module  ( I am using Adobe Stock   image #57908828

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2: Click on the Black & White Tab

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3: Apply the following setting

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4: Using Tone Curve apply following setting

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5: Apply the following Black & White Setting

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How to Make a Movie Poster with Adobe Photoshop Mix

Click on + icon

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Click on Camera Roll icon

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Choose your first ( and it will be our background ) image

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Resize your image

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Adjust > Exposure ( move exposure’s slider all way to the left to apply the Night Time Effect to our background layer)

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Click on the second layer icon and add your second image

Click on Cut Out icon. Now we need to remove the Moon’s background.
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Resize the Moon’s size

Adjust > Exposure ( move exposure’s slide to the left to make the moon darker )

Holding the Moon Layers move this layer over our Background layer
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Now we have another “empty” layer. Click on the “empty” layer and chose the robot image

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Cut Out > Remove Robot’s image background

Adjust > Exposure > Move Exposure slider to the left to make robot image absolutely dark

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Holding Robot Layer icon move this layer over our First layer

Click on Looks icon > Natural + look

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Adjust > Saturation > Move slider to the left

Send to Photoshop > Your image is Stored in your Creative Cloud Photoshop Folder

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Open your Photoshop Mix image in Photoshop

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Adobe Paper Texture Pro

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Chose any paper texture you like to work with > Image > Adjustment > Vibrance

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Make Layer opacity = 67% > Gradient Tool ( with opacity = 18% )

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Apply mask to highlight the moon and robot

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Adjustment Layers > Exposure

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Another reason to use Adobe Mobile Apps

Last week I was in Paris and Milan. I was visiting Louvre in Paris and the Leonardo Da Vinci exhibit in Milan. As usual people from around the world were attending those museums. But what surprised and made me sad was that many of people were not interested in art in general. They were standing in a line for tickets in Louvre about 1-2 hours and what they were interested in more was a selfie. I am a big fan of social media but I truly believe when you are next to the Mona Lisa you must (at least) have one quick (one second) look at the Mona Lisa and after that you can turn your back to the most beautiful peace of art to take a selfie. I can understand three languages and I heard from the people around me: “I have my selfie for Facebook or Instagram. Now we can go” AND THEY DID NOT EVEN LOOK AT THE MONA LISA AT ALL!!! People who came to museum to see art were very upset, they had trouble to get close to the art to see it because of all the people with phones.

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It was the same in Milan. At the Leonardo da Vinci exhibit they do not allow you to take any pictures of the art and signs were posted everywhere, but it did not help. People were sneaking photos of the art and did not care that they were damaging it with their camera’s flash.

OK if you want to use your phone you can use it in a good way using an Adobe app. Using Adobe Shape CCor Adobe Color CC, you can capture the art you want to and after that you can create illustrations, for example a coloring book/page for your children to educate them.

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Made with Adobe Shape, Adobe photoshop, Adobe Paper Texture Pro
Made with Adobe Shape, Adobe photoshop, Adobe Paper Texture Pro

You can create your own art from the shape you created with Adobe Shape CC using Adobe Photoshop or illustrator. With Adobe mobile apps we have new ways to use our smartphones and I really hope that people will stop turning their back to the art to have a selfie and will start using their smartphones to create something what will last forever.