Paint Stroke Orientation

  This post discussed how to work with the path angle control panel in the Studio Artist’s paint synthesizer mode to adjust the orientation of the paint path relative to the orientation of the source image. Depending on whether the automatic painting attempts to follow the orientation of the source or draw perpendicular to it,…


Rotoscoping Basics

How to Smooth Flicker in Auto-Rotoscoping Movie Editing Basics with a PAseq Preset This video explains how a Paint Action Sequence (PASeq) works in Studio Artist for making movies.  You can also use any PASeq to make still images as well.  This video will show you how to edit a Factory PASeq Preset.  You will…


Otto Laske’s Algorithmic Visual Composition

    Otto Laske Otto makes heavy use of Studio Artist to create his visual compositions. When asked what he particularly likes about working with Studio Artist, he had this to say. “Studio Artist is a real gold mine for serious professional compositional explorations in the visual domain. It encourages experimentation and leads to unbelievable…


Automatic White Balance Correction

Studio Artist’s image operation effects include one called White Balance, which you can use to automatically correct the white balance of an image. Today’s post will take a quick look at using the White Balance effect to balance the nighttime lighting in a processed image.

MSG Mirror Reflection Abstraction

Today’s post take a look at a MSG preset that generates an abstraction effect via horizontal mirror reflection symmetry along with some additional image processing. This approach to generating symmetry effects is an alternative to a recent post where we used successive applications of an interactive warp translate effect to build mirror symmetry in a…


Tightening up a Paint Effect

Today’s post will describe an approach you can take to tighten up a paint preset. By tighten, we mean make it generate a more realistic representation of the source image, as opposed to generating a loose abstracted painting style.

Wet Paper Towel Paint Effect

Today’s post continues our recent discussion of some different approaches to building wet paint effects. Today’s post takes a look at a paint preset that simulates painting on top of a wet paper towel. This produces a very soft diffuse wet colored paint backing effect.     Yesterday we talked about how to use a…


Colorized Mass Abstractor Effect

The Mass Abstractor is a Studio Artist image operation effect. It can process a source image into a variety of different black and white effect styles. What about generating color output from the Mass Abstractor? Today’s post shows one way to do that, using the Colorize image operation effect.

MSG Gradient Lighting Effect

Today’s post continues our discussion of the canvas gradient lighting PASeq preset discussed in yesterday’s post. Yesterday’s discussion focused on how we used the Simple Texture ip op to build a canvas texture simulation. Today we’ll take a look at a MSG preset used within yesterday’s PASeq preset that implements the gradient lighting effect shown…


Simulating a Canvas Texture via the Simple Texture Ip Op

There’s are many different approaches you can take to simulate paint effects on lighted textural surfaces and there are several presets in the the Paint Synthesizer that have really nice canvas texture effects. Today’s post starts to break apart a PASeq preset that uses the Simple Texture image operation effect to build an artificial canvas…


Simple Vector Paint Strategy

Today’s post shows how to use a single vector paint preset to build up a simple but interesting paint style. We’ll show how the paint preset was built, and gain some insight into the underlying paint strategy defined by the paint synthesizer programing used to build up the final image.

Watercolor Wash Effect

Yesterday we discussed how to use the ‘Sketch to Internal Path Memory1‘ path start Generator to create sketching paint presets. Today we will use 2 different variations of this particular intelligent sketch paint effect along with a factory water wash blend paint preset to build a paint action sequence that emulates a brightly color saturated…


Hexagonal Photo Mosaic Grid Effect

Today’s post will discuss how to build a movie brush that incorporates an embedded alpha channel to create a photo mosaic effect based on a hexagonal grid. The trick is to build your movie brush to include a hexagonal embedded alpha channel mask. And to then use that embedded alpha channel movie brush in the…


Animating Paint

Today’s post is the second part in a simple exercise that shows how to modulate a paint synthesizer parameter associated with generating one movie’s paint animation output, where the parameter is being modulated by a second movie file.