CHAPTER 6

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Painting with Oil Paints in Photoshop

Fig. 6-1 Digital oil painting of Venetian street scene.

Brief History of Oil Painting

Oil painting is perhaps the most revered of all classic painting techniques. Museums are full of oil paintings that have survived many centuries. Paintings of this type can endure “cleanings” by restoration experts, as the need arises. The same cannot be said for pastels or watercolors.

Traditionally the dry pigments are mixed with oils. The oils can be derived from seeds, as with linseed oil, and are sometimes boiled with tree resins. The variety of “mediums” is vast and can include the addition of waxes. The ...

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