Photoart Photo Painting Portfolio - Colour

A selection of colour photographs with digitally added paint effects to give a 'photoart'  style finish. The effects shown below were produced primarily with Topaz Labs products, mostly Impressions, and occasionally Glow and Texture Effects. The Impressions software comes with a number of presets based around styles of specific painters, eg Degas or Monet, or specific paint effects, eg Stumble or watercolour. More recently, I have started to use Corel Painter Essentials 7 and a few effects were produced using this software. Adobe Lightroom 6 is also used for editing these images.


All the presets have a large number of variables that can be altered to your specific requirements, for example, brush size and shape, paint volume and opacity, etc giving probably thousands of permutations to work with on your photographs. I have created and saved for future use a few of my own presets, which are often used with multiple iterations on a single image until I am happy with the final result. Its great fun, and if you like this type of imagery, suggest you try out some of the software yourself to bring out the painter that possibly lurks within you!


Milan, Italy

This image shows a lion statue from the Victor Emmanuel memorial, the first king of a united Italy who ruled from 1861 to his death in 1878. and the front section of Milan's beautiful and magnificent Cathedral in the background.

Technical details

Fujifilm X-T2 with 18-55mm lens.

1/180 sec at F5.6, ISO 1250


Lincoln Festival, UK

Each year, the historic city of Lincoln (Lincolnshire, England, UK) has a Steampunk Festival during the August Bank Holiday weekend, during which there are ample opportunities for photographers to capture images of participants and performers in their often weird and wonderful costumes, like the person here.

Technical details

Fujifilm X-T2 with 50-140 mm lens.

1./800 sec at F4.5, ISO 200


River Thames, London UK

This photograph shows a view from Tower Bridge at sunset, looking west along the River Thames. The curved building in the centre is London City Hall, headquarters of the London Mayor, while the tall building in the background is The Shard, currently the tallest building in the European Union.

Technical details

Fujifilm X-E1 with 18-55mm lens.

1/50 sec at F3.6, ISO 800


Lake District, England, UK

This is a simple landscape photograph from autumn in the English Lake District with tree branches in the foreground against the textured and autumn coloured trees in the background.

Technical details

Fujifilm X-E1 with 18-55mm lens.

1/280 sec at F5.6, ISO 400


Leicestershire, UK

Bosworth Battlefield is a site in Leicestershire, England, UK, where on 22 August 1485 King Richard III was defeated in battle by Henry Tudor, thus ending the English civil war between the houses of Lancaster and York. Each year, a re-enactment is held at the site to commemorate the historic event, providing  opportunities for photographers such as these knights on horseback.

Technical details



Echinacea Angustifolia, also known as narrow-leaved Purple Coneflower or Blacksamson Echinacea, and is a member of the Sunflower family.

Technical details

Fujifilm X-T10 with 18-55mm lens.

1/500 sec at F6.4, ISO 400


Valencia, Spain

Hemispheric is one of the many examples of modern architecture designed by Santiago Calatrava at the City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia, Spain.

Technical details

Fujifilm X-E1 with 18-55mm lens.

1/600 sec at F6.4, ISO 320


Arizona, USA

A tree with autumn colours and iced tip branch endings against the sandstone canyon colours of Canyon De Chelley.

Technical details

Canon 40D


Seville, Spain

Plaza De Espana is a beautiful building in Maria Luisa Park, Seville, Spain, and was built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of the following year. Designed by architect Aníbal González, Plaza de Espana was a principal building for the Exposition to showcase Spain's industry and technology exhibits

Technical details

Fujifilm XT2 with 18-55mm lens.

1/480 sec at f7.1, ISO 250






The photograph shows a Porsche sports car outside the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia main building, Smolenskaya-Sennaya pl, Moscow, Russia


A peacock portait with muted, athough iridescent, colours.


This photograph from Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA has had a textured paint effect applied to add to the light, colour and patterns of the sandstone walls to give a more subtle use of photo painting.


This musician was performing in Lincoln during one of the annual Steampunk Festival events held in the city, and I liked his colourful clothing and smiling character with the colourful backdrop behind him.



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