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Mess Painter

Mess Painter (Effect)Original Image

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Author: lipebianc

Filter Details

  • Editor's Pick
  • Downloads: 16530
  • Requires Filter Forge 2.0
  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2011
  • Usage Rank: High
  • Comments (52)


(Check examples in comments) Turn your images into messy paintings/watercolors (realistic and abstract ). Includes dedicated controls for edges/contours, a simple BORDER and basic "Diff Tint" controls for some creative colorization. It uses parts of "StevieJ's GeometricGlass" and "Constantin Malkov's Sack Material" filters. TIPS: - To achieve a less messed painting, use both "MESS Level (4)" and "MESS Amount" lowest values. - Use low "SHARPainting" and low-mid "EDGE Smooth Radius" values for a soft watercolor effect. - To eliminate edges/contours, just reduce "EDGE Threshold" to "0" (zero) - Reduce "PRE-Saturation", boosting moderately "Wash & Lighten" and "POST Saturation" for bright, vibrant colors. - Texture and edges will NOT be affected by "SHARPainting". - Generate texture only: choose WHITE (255,255,255) as "Diff Tint" color, and set both "Diff Tint %" and "TEXTURE Amount" to its max values.


artistic, gouache, wet, dry, illustration, detail, distorted, daub, scramble, brush, stroke, difftint, difference blend, splat, watercolour, exotic


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Filter Controls

  • Smooth Paint
  • MESS Level (4)
  • MESS Amount
  • MESS Scale
  • Wild MESS Mode
  • SHARPainting
  • TEXTURE Amount
  • TEXTURE Type (8)
  • EDGE Relief
  • EDGE Relief Offset
  • EDGE Threshold
  • EDGE Detect (6)
  • EDGE Soft Radius
  • PRE Saturation
  • Wash & Lighten
  • Diff Tint
  • Diff Tint %
  • POST Saturation
  • POST Tone Shift
  • BORDER Width