Using reference pictures for painting is one of the best practices that every painter should follow. It doesn’t matter if your project is small or big, reference photographs will help a lot. But an important thing that you must keep in mind is that as the name suggests they are just reference photographs, not the actual painting that you could use.
Many painters have a habit of using the reference photographs, not just for reference but to make a complete replica. This approach should never be followed as it is one of the worst things you could do. Adding a personalized concept of creativity is highly important because it is the element that will make your painting graceful.
Furthermore, it is highly essential to use multiple reference photographs rather than just one. Painters often go for one perfect shot rather than using multiple ones. For bringing in a change in the composition of the painting based on your creativity you are gonna be needing multiple ones rather than just one perfect shot.
The best way to bring in a composition is by using a photo editing software or by making rough sketches in a sketchbook which is good from the practice point of view but will take a lot of time. So, my suggestion would be to go with a photo editing software.
Before editing the pics make sure you save a separate copy of the original one just in case anything goes wrong. You must understand that you don’t need to be a maestro at photo editing software’s, just basic knowledge will be more than enough. I suggest you go with “Adobe Photoshop“ for editing purposes because it is the best one available out there.
In this photo editing software, you will be making tweaks to the composition and of the paintings. You will be playing with the elements of your subject based on your imagination to bring in innovation. It will also help you to get an idea of what the finalized painting will look like. So, this thing is just awesome for painters. For those who need some help learning on how to use Photoshop here is a helpful guide to help you out “How To Use Photoshop: The Ultimate Tutorial Photoshop For Beginners“.
After completing the editing of reference photographs the time comes to adding filters to it. Filters will help you to get an actual feel of the potential painting that is gonna be the end result of your hard work. If filters are added properly then chances are that it will be exactly the same as the end result of the original painting. However, filters should be added based on the type of painting you are making.
At this point, you will not just only add filters to your pic but also set up a detail level based on your requirements. If you are planning to work more on details then increase its level in photoshop and vice versa. This is one of the best methods to use reference photographs because it will provide you the best outcome in the end. After you are fully satisfied with all the editings and filtration take its print out and use it while painting as the ultimate reference pic apart from the others.