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Russell Brown Teaches Fans His Extreme Painting Technique Using Photoshop CS5

Russell Brown showcased a new way to paint using Photoshop CS5 during Adobe MAX 2010, which he called “Extreme Painting.” This new technique uses lasers to engrave an image onto a canvas made of solid wood and then using a high quality flatbed printer, prints the color image onto the carved wooden canvas leaving the creator with a eye popping 3D version of the original image – the entire process can be seen in the video below!

Russell thought this idea was so neat he’s decided to create a series of “Extreme Painting” videos. He will randomly choose one lucky Fan’s original image, one of YOUR images, to be put through this very process and then mail the final canvas to you for free! To participate all you need to do is post a link to your image in the comments below and tell us why you think your image deserves to win.

Russell will also be giving 10 randomly selected Fans from the comments below free copies of his book “From Reality to Renaissance.” So don’t be shy, let us know what you think of the “Extreme Painting” technique!

P.S. Don’t forget to tell us how to get in touch with you; otherwise we can’t let you know if Russell thought your image was the best. Good luck!

Best,
Maria Yap
Director of Product Management, Digital Imaging

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  • By Drew W. - 9:45 AM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    I think my image http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs538.ash1/31514_421718144947_516664947_5422699_5757465_n.jpg deserves to win, because I am a die hard photoshop fan, I have been since CS, and I think it would be fantastic to see my art come alive. I’m unable to paint or draw, so photoshop is my way to express my creativity.

    • By Suzann - 10:48 AM on January 14, 2011   Reply

      Wow, Drew, your picture is so cool. Thanks for sharing.

  • By Hannah - 9:48 AM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    Wow! That is amazing!

  • By Bryon Stoll - 9:48 AM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    This is AWESOME!!!!!!

    http://www.irfd.us/images/1fireheader.jpg

    here is the header image i created with photoshop of course.

    and a real wood version of this would look excellent hanging in our Volunteer Fire Dept.

    contact me at bryon3642 at gmail dot com

    or through the information listed on my website

  • By Brent - 9:49 AM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    This is an awesome technique thanks for sharing!!

  • By jack - 9:50 AM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    that’s pretty sweet man!

    you could do hundreds of smaller panels and make a giant one, as the walls of a house or something

  • By Hannah - 9:53 AM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    http://fc00.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2011/014/3/e/beauty_in_eyes_of_the_beholder_by_rocky4545-d2spzgl.jpg

    The image you see above is one of my favorite photos of my dog and I think it would be showcased wonderfully through this style of printing.

  • By julius - 9:54 AM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    hi can you do that thing to my photo if you may.. ?

  • By Patrick Boehner - 9:58 AM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    I love the creative use of 3d and 2d. Reminds me in several ways of the work being done by the Factum Arte group in Madrid.

    I’ve imagined do something like this in many way but they special equipment is usually the limitation. The same is true in this case, the need to have access to two large specialized bits of equipment. It would be nice to see techniques that would be more realistic for people at home.

    Regardless, it’s great to see inspiration videos about working with custom substrates.

    Great job

  • By Temesekai - 9:59 AM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    Amazing work… amazing idea… amazing.. technology
    Adobe Photoshop is the best!

  • By Melissa - 10:02 AM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    I am in awe….

  • By Sebastian Rodriguez Zaldua - 10:05 AM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    I think my image has a great approach and I would like to see how his ingenious idea comes to life in my image.
    I’m also a big fan of Photoshop since I am a student of graphic design and I think it would be to admire if my picture was selected.
    Thanks

  • By Greg Davis - 10:07 AM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    This is new design idea for the my fav bands logo.The fact that I have only been designing for about 1 yr now and turned this out about 6 months ago and that the band wants to use for new shirts sounds like a good reason :). I think it would look would really cool on wood and would be nice to hang in my house

    http://www.photoshopuser.com/members/portfolios/view/image/254029

  • By Jean Labelle - 10:13 AM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    Fantastic technique!!!
    Here is a variation on Rebekka Guðleifsdóttir’s “Eve”.

    http://www.labellephoto.com/?p=1587

    Contact:jean AT labellephoto.com

  • By Jean Labelle - 10:13 AM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    Fantastic technique!!!
    Here is my variation on Rebekka Guðleifsdóttir’s “Eve”.

    http://www.labellephoto.com/?p=1587

    Contact: jean AT labellephoto.com

  • By Norb - 10:15 AM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    That’s a very cool idea. Wow! And I agree with Jack above: This would look awesome as a giant mosaic on a wall (although one would need some deeper carving then).

    This is the picture I would like to have carved in wood. I love her since we’ve first met, and I try to surprise her whenever I can. I made this image for our anniversary, and I think this could be the modern equivalent of carving a heart in a tree: http://feiv.ch/en.jpg
    (just take my email I’ve left in the comment to contact me)

  • By Chocie - 10:18 AM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    Im an experimental artist in both paint and in digital art , and i would like to further explore possibilities of finished products with my art .

    Chocie

  • By M Burke - 10:22 AM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    We did this at AdobeMAX 2010. It was awesome. Examples: http://tinyurl.com/4turqcx

  • By Betty Wisse - 10:27 AM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    I THINK your ideas as fabulous and very creative. I think this photo http://www.flickr.com/photos/bettywisse/5337769765/
    might work well on wood.
    I am going to look into this method further.

  • By Anna Davis - 10:27 AM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    Having used Abobe Photoshop since Beta I am blown away by the progress and innovation of each new release. I believe I have the perfect image to be reproduced using this technique. Not only does it represent what is simple and true about a good old-fashioned root beer but about our country as well. This is my brother who is celebrating his 70th birthday this year. A root beer connoisseur, Viet Nam vet, Honor Guard member who loves his country. To honor him with a one-of-a-kind piece would be the ultimate recognition for a person who has done so much but asks for so little in return. http://web.me.com/anna.davis1/JohnnyHarold/JHBNRB.html

  • By Marciii - 10:28 AM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    Hey Russell – GREAT WORK!!! This technique is very awesome!

    Image: http://www.ist-l33t.de/russell-brown.jpg

    I think my image have to win, cause my girlfriend is awesome, too and it would be a very nice present for her.

    Thank you.

  • By Judy - 10:29 AM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    The laser burned and printed images seem to have a lot of depth, but the technique requires equipment that is unobtainable for most people. Cool idea though! As for my submission…I recently lost my dear lil Scruffy. She was a rescue dog that was in pretty bad shape when I adopted her. She is the love of my life and I miss her dearly. I would love to have a keepsakes to hang on my wall.
    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=464846756492&set=a.434425836492.220870.651696492

    • By Drew W. - 10:39 AM on January 14, 2011   Reply

      Link says the content was not found.

  • By Hristo Cheresharski - 10:30 AM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    YOU R CRAZY … AND THIS IS SO AWESOME :)

    I love your work :)

  • By Krearchiv - 10:31 AM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    Awesome!
    Here is a prepared image with extra crass carving texture:
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Krearchiv/136251716387960#!/photo.php?fbid=190999944246470

  • By Moshik Brin - 10:33 AM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    i am learning a lot from tutorials Mr brown :)
    see the painting below done as you thought me
    http://www.moshikbrin.com/index.php?gallery=007%20Digital%20Art/001%20Digiral%20Art&image=MBR_2141_DSC_0226art.jpg

  • By Kathy - 10:36 AM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    Absolutely stunning! I love the combination of art with technology and would love to see this done with a special digital drawing my partner did for me. This was drawn using Photoshop and a Wacom Bamboo tablet after watching an inspirational documentary about the monarch butterflies’ migration to Mexico. (Of course, if I win, I would send a high resolution, unwatermarked version. :) ) The reason I would want to win would be to inspire other artists and as a special gift to the artist who drew it. He creates beautiful art without ever expecting anything in return and this would not only showcase something wonderful with the technology but would be a perfect “thank you” to him and all artists like him who share such beauty with the world. http://yellowrosegallery.com/images/monarch-drawing.jpg

  • By Jose rosado - 10:45 AM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    You have reinvented photography just like adobe. Bringing together the visual and graphic arts to the next level. Thank you.

  • By Tobin Pilotte - 10:58 AM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    This is amazing stuff. I have followed the laser engraving progress into the realm of fine art for a while and have been sufficiently inspired. Your tutorial makes me want to go out and actually do this for some clients. Thanks so much.

  • By Mel - 11:11 AM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    Win or not I believe this picture of my granddaughter will look better on 3D. Thanks for the chance…

  • By Russell Brown - 11:12 AM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    Aside from also being named Russell Brown, I believe the image would be a great way to demonstate the technology in a beautiful way. I hope Russell agrees. Amazing technology, thank you for sharing!

  • By ha - 11:16 AM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    no good or new or amazing

  • By cory shubert - 11:18 AM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    Hey, I think this shot that was worked on with Pixel Bender might be a great candidate, huh, maybe? ha ha ha.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/pixelagogo/5277847897/in/set-72157625502661373/

  • By Joseph Chan - 11:20 AM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    I love Photoshop. The best program for photographers.Here my hyperlink to photo
    I done in PS

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1435775865850&set=a.1334034962391.2040331.1576562898

  • By Jack Surran - 11:20 AM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    This is an outstanding way to create a three dimensional color image of a two dimensional PS image. When I saw the video another idea occurred to me, use the laser carved wood as as a block for wood block printing. Instead of the gesso and digital sealer, ink the block and print it like a traditional hand carved block to produce wood block prints. The prints would be two dimensional but would be an “old school” type print with the block created by an original in Photoshop. The facebook link suggested that a link to one of my images could result in getting it engraved by Russell so here it is: http://jackphoto.zenfolio.com/p429428620/h3e3f37a3#h3e3f37a3

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  • By Saurav - 11:30 AM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    this is exotic. Thanks a ton…

  • By Rob Byron - 11:43 AM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    This is just the coolest thing! 3D photographs! Incredible! :-)

    I think this picture of mine would be a wonderful candidate for an Extreme painting. – http://piedmontphoto.com/img/20090724umbrellas.jpg

  • By Debbie Stevens - 11:45 AM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    Russell,

    I can see this as a really cool technique for all types of art mediums. My initial thought was wood block printing, having the laser cut each color plate. Feel free to size the image as necessary.

    stevensstudio.com/debbiestevensextremepainting

  • By Alex Jagendorf - 11:48 AM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ajagendorf25/5344813422/ : My image would be terrific in black and white. The texture and detail of the monkey’s face would be an ideal example for the process and the black and white allows the texture to be the focal point.

  • By Jack Surran - 11:51 AM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    Finally got pixel bender oil painting to work to add the finishing touches to my above image.
    http://jackphoto.zenfolio.com/p429428620/h1d74a8fb#h1d74a8fb
    Thanks for an amazing look at outside the box PS applications!

  • By Greg Meyer - 11:56 AM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=449636569021&set=a.448920439021.246016.501989021
    this photo is almost Zen-like. I took this in Port-au-Prince, Haiti while doing some work there. It is a picture of an old, rusty gate, with the promise of a new beginning.

    Thanks for all your past photoshop teaching and talks!

    regards….
    greg

  • By Greg Meyer - 11:58 AM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    Thanks for all your past lectures, and teaching.
    This photo was taken in Haiti, this past November while I was there volunteering.
    The old rusty gate with the new green growth is almost zen-like, and to me represents the hope that all of us need.
    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=449636569021&set=a.448920439021.246016.501989021

    regards,

  • By John Haldane - 12:03 PM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    This is awesome! What a grand and creative concept!

    http://www.grandmemories.us/Laughing_Bears_submission.jpg

  • By R. Mark Davis - 12:03 PM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    This is awesome! I think the process would really work with my photo of a friend’s rat-rod. With the depth in the picture and mixing the old car and rust with a carved wood substrate would be the ultimate!

  • By R. Mark Davis - 12:05 PM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/fullspectrumphotography/5073981058/in/set-72157625295627970/

    This is awesome! I think the process would really work with my photo of a friend’s rat-rod. With the depth in the picture and mixing the old car and rust with a carved wood substrate would be the ultimate!

    Sorry for the re-post, forgot the link in the first post. duh!

  • By JIm Kelso - 12:05 PM on January 14, 2011   Reply
  • By William Forst - 12:08 PM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n257/superczhunk/iPhonePix023.jpg

    The texture and contrast in this photo would be great for a 3D canvas.

  • By William Forst - 12:10 PM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n257/superczhunk/FishingSpider2.jpg

    The amount of variation in this photo offsets the lack of colors and would look great on a 3D canvas.

  • By William Forst - 12:13 PM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n257/superczhunk/mushroom7.jpg

    Lots of intricate detail on the mushroom would provide a good pattern for a 3D canvas.

  • By William Forst - 12:16 PM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n257/superczhunk/iPhonePix108.jpg

    This image has good patterns and shows age…something that would be challenging and different from the crisp clean look of most “beautiful” images.

  • By William Forst - 12:18 PM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n257/superczhunk/iPhonePix106.jpg

    nice colors, texture and atmosphere for a 3D canvas.

  • By Tim Litostansky - 12:20 PM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    I am loving this idea. I do some wood carving as a hobby and have also just started doing digital painting. Here is a recent image I created fully in photoshop.

    http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z61/timmons64/art/cardinal_03.jpg

    I would love to win because I am fascinated by both wood carving and digital painting. I think having a version of my painting carved into wood would be inspiring.

    Good luck to all!

  • By William Forst - 12:20 PM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n257/superczhunk/iPhonePix076.jpg

    Nice detailed organic textures combined with flat sky would be interesting on a 3D canvas.

  • By William Forst - 12:21 PM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n257/superczhunk/Dusk.jpg

    Good contrast, abnormal lighting mix and nice textures for 3D canvas.

  • By Krista - 1:39 PM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    The work that comes out is awesome and in jest a few steps. I would so love to have the equipment to do this. Not much to say but WOW!

  • By Joy Cichy - 1:41 PM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    This is so neat using a laser to carve out the detail and then to print the picture on top of it! I used the new pixel bender oil paint plugin on this picture. The oil paint plugin is SO much fun to work with!

  • By Saretta - 1:50 PM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    Hi!

    I think this picture will look great with this amazing technique. Please choose mine! :) Here there is also a preview with this effect.

    http://www.liso.it/shared/sunflowers.jpg

  • By Alessandro - 2:03 PM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    Amazing technique indeed!
    I’d really love to see my picture printed out like that and I’ll tell you why you should pick it: the colors and contrasts are just perfect with the OilPaint filter applied and can’t imagine what whould be on a carved wooden tablet! 😀

    Here it is: http://www.liso.it/shared/s_img.jpg

  • By ILiana Garcia - 2:25 PM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    Thank you so much , This is amazing!!! you just gave me 1 more thing on my need to do list, love it. congrats!

  • By Mindless - 3:01 PM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    I love it! It’s a gorgeous innovation and can give so much… As I can see there are a lot great pictures from the readers in the comments but I have to try.. :) http://picasaweb.google.com/esteruccia/Unosoft_Solymar#5402085737913687538

    My dear father is on the picture, which is my mom’s favourite photo of him. They are loving each other for 34 years and they are still in huge love. I would like to give them something special like their relationship is.

  • By Darren Allen - 4:41 PM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    Image: http://www.fuzzysquare.org.uk/temp/leaf.png

    After spending an hour trawling through past photos I think this one, although maybe not the most interesting subject, would produce the best effect using the novel method show.

    I think that the texture of the image, combined with a good depth map would work very well.

    Regards,

  • By Steve G - 4:51 PM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    The incredible things you can do with PS these days. So many ways to be creative!

  • By Paul Murphy - 5:00 PM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    This is a really cool technique. I would love to see my image immortalized by Russell P. Brown.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/imagegoose/4954338340/in/photostream/

    Thanks for the opportunity! Big fan!
    Paul

  • By kassandra Utzinger - 6:23 PM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    Love seeing new things being done. This is stunning.

    I would love to see my image :http://twisted-innocence.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d3356b5

    This is a photo of mine tha people already say pops off the page so just image it done using your technique!!!!

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  • By Minh - 8:38 PM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    i want this photo to be printed so i can give it as a gift to someone special !!

  • By Minh - 8:39 PM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    http://i974.photobucket.com/albums/ae221/Minh_11/Landscape/_MG_3566.jpg

    i want this photo to be printed so i can give it as a gift to someone special !!

  • By Chris - 9:07 PM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    Seeing is believing!

  • By William Chinn - 9:21 PM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    Ok, you had me until we went to the special hardware. Can we figure out a way to do this using a canvas inkjet paper and a transparent media to cover it?

  • By Dhiraj Singh Karki - 9:23 PM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    It’s awesome, What a grand and creative concept!

  • By Joe Romie - 9:50 PM on January 14, 2011   Reply

    That is an amazing process, and an exquisite end product. I wish I had access to that laser and printer equipment.

    I submit the following photo for your consideration:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/joeromie/4892760534/

    My Native American friend who invited me to this Pow Wow is getting married this summer, and your process would make an amazing wedding gift.

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    i decided to share this
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    My little son is building Lego every day and bring it up to me. Then he sees me brushing a picture and pleased me to do such one with his Legotoy. He was so happy sitting on my legs and give me orders to setup the scene…;-)

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    wowww that was amazing …. and yea no more 3d glasses needed to watch some real 3D stuff!!!

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  • By Vincent - 4:13 AM on January 15, 2011   Reply

    The result is amazing, it will surely make a center piece in the living room. I wish I had all that equipments too make them myself too.
    I would like to submit this art work that I did when I first started as a photographer and it always remind me that nothing is impoosible if you have enough imagination. Chek it out here
    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1106298416332&set=a.1494671045405.2069656.1192933555

  • By Reji - 7:14 AM on January 15, 2011   Reply

    Amazing…Hats Off to Dr.Brown

  • By Terence Boylen - 7:40 AM on January 15, 2011   Reply

    I would really like to see my image published:
    http://artgallery.tboylen.info/displayimage.php?album=4&pid=81#top_display_media

    There are a number of reasons. Firstly, I think for old school photographers who published film, a lot more thought often went into presentation of the final image, and that seems to be getting lost in photoshop and expensive cameras. This image keys into that – the grafitti artist has no choice of mediums. I’d really like to extend what this artist did and see his image applied in texture.

    Secondly, I think this image would suit the medium. There are a lot of tonal depth which match the medium. For example, if you were to grey scale the image, and then invert it before the initial print, the contour would roughly match the actual image. The sky would come out darkest, and hence be most recessed. The road in the foreground would be lightest, and likewise, least recessed.

    Finally, I think the picture itself has merit. This is actually a small version of a very large panoramic photograph. I’ve tweaked it a lot to get some really noce colour rendition. I wanted to go on a cloudly day to avoid shadows and give a little more body to the trees and plants, but subsequently the shot was a little washed out. And I had to bring it back. It is a handheld panorama.

    Otherwise, pick the eagle one, and invert the colours on the greyscale print to get the right depth (ie the braches will be raised, rather than recessed).

    I would also love to know what effect different woods and materials have on the effect.

  • By Rosemary Gtz - 8:33 AM on January 15, 2011   Reply

    Very cool!

  • By Carles - 8:35 AM on January 15, 2011   Reply

    That’s a great technique!!! I really love the way it can make images much more dramatic!!!

    Here is the image I propose for that effect. It’s not a photography, so it may give a different perspective to the result… I created it as part of my personal portfolio. I hope you’ll find it funny!!! By the way, if you want it in a bigger size let me know.

    http://www.carlesmarsal.com/archives/jenkins.jpg

    Keep the good work!

    Carles Marsal.

  • By Jonas Angelet - 9:00 AM on January 15, 2011   Reply

    This is pretty fascinating! I experimented with laser burning in grad school ,but never thought, or had the capability, to print directly back onto the surface. MY work depends heavily on visual textures and I think this would be a great process to bring out the physical qualities of my work. Here is a link to my work, http://www.jonasangelet.com/gallery.html specifically the BEFORE MY EYES print. I tend to output my work on paper, and as you say, the texutre is lost and I often have to work back into the image to make it seem more developed. This process would hopefully eliminate that process. Feedback is welcome.

    Thanks,

    Jonas Angelet

  • By Natasha Lozano - 9:38 AM on January 15, 2011   Reply

    ooops i forgot some of these have water marks on them.
    i took them off for now.

  • By Liza Roy Chowdhury - 10:16 AM on January 15, 2011   Reply

    http://liza4222.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d35o4js
    Dude, I juat watch the video, and it was awesome!!! I didn’t really felt like going for CS5, so I stayed with CS4. But when I saw some of theses awesome videos,Im going for CS4. Bye bye CS4!

  • By James DiLoreto - 10:44 AM on January 15, 2011   Reply

    I think my image of Notre Dame reflection at night will be perfect.

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=387283834798&set=a.387283169798.164794.539594798

    This technique is way cool. I’m a die hard fan of Adobe Photoshop since 1993 with Adobe 2.5. I use to watch Russell Brown on a local cable access show he did way back in the early 1990’s where he demonstrated techniques that you could not find in the manual, when they use to print manuals, ha ha.

    • By James DiLoreto - 10:45 AM on January 15, 2011   Reply

      Forgot one thing. If I do win, I will submit my high resolution 16bit Pro Photo RGB file.

  • By Amy Drees - 11:06 AM on January 15, 2011   Reply

    Wow! This is absolutely fantastic!

  • By Lillian Loponen - 11:59 AM on January 15, 2011   Reply

    My creative muse is working overtime with thoughts surfacing from the video of Russel Brown! Photoshop is like a second skin to me. What a challenge to see if atmospheric perspective of my watercolours can be reflected in your process of laser carved wood and direct printing. A challenge for sure. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • By Lillian Loponen - 12:00 PM on January 15, 2011   Reply

    …oops, here is a link to my images http://www.facebook.com/album.php?id=600819127&aid=286883

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    Kind regards

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  • By J K Sommers - 8:58 PM on January 15, 2011   Reply

    I like this great creative genius! I am an amature photographer of the “forgoten Kingdom” of mushrooms. I’ve posted a shortened version of my work on Youtube, “Rainbow Connection” and always looking for ways to bring this beautiful part of our world to view. When out taking photos, on the “off trail” side of a tree I found this face created in the moss on the bark of the tree…the face in the woods…I’d love to see it in 3D as you created in your video. you can find the image on my facebook page: http://photos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs750.ash1/164126_175642512472501_100000802590480_349010_492290_s.jpg. Also visit Berthusen.com. We want to save this urban forest. Thanks for sharing your talents with us all. Julie Sommers

  • By Karl W - 9:15 PM on January 15, 2011   Reply

    The image of a close-up of a blue morpho butterfly at http://bit.ly/eg1hvr would be a great subject for this project. Your technique is quite special and I hope that it will become available to ordinary Photoshop enthusiasts!

  • By Ege Özcan - 3:19 AM on January 16, 2011   Reply

    I’d love to have such a great piece of work. I’m amazed =)

  • By Bob Stone - 6:39 AM on January 16, 2011   Reply

    This would just POP in 3D… mature Monarch chrysalis.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/bobstone/5015640167/in/set-72157624707029389/

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  • By Keith Covert - 8:48 AM on January 16, 2011   Reply

    This is great! I think doing this with an image of nebula clouds or the aurora borealis would be very interesting.

  • By gerry te meij - 9:02 AM on January 16, 2011   Reply

    I love the way Russel use photoshop to express his ideas and almost insane creative ideas

  • By Matthew - 9:12 AM on January 16, 2011   Reply

    I took this grasshopper picture – it took me 400 shots to get this grasshopper, lighting, and location. http://bluecloudvideo.deviantart.com/art/Sharp-Choppers-90964378

  • By Eliecer - 11:00 AM on January 16, 2011   Reply

    Awesome work!!
    Thanks for sharing the video and for the 10 book copies you’re giving away!!
    Nice way to start the year.

  • By Adam - 11:13 AM on January 16, 2011   Reply

    I’d love to see the cartographic application of this technique on one of my maps. For instance: http://www.cartogaia.com/products/devilsrest.html. I’d even be able to supply a custom terrain depth mask for the lasering.

  • By John Kieger - 11:29 AM on January 16, 2011   Reply

    Great work & another great idea from Russell Brown. Russell Brown Rocks! Can’t wait to give it a try myself!

    I have used Dr. Brown’s scripts in PS for years. I still love & use the Dr. Brown’s Services for PS the most. Thanks again!

  • By Gary Calhoun - 12:20 PM on January 16, 2011   Reply

    Wow this is amazing would love to see one of these portraits in person keep it up!

  • By Marlon Ceballos - 3:13 PM on January 16, 2011   Reply

    Amazing technique and interesting mix between analog ang digital world.

  • By Rich Gibson - 5:07 PM on January 16, 2011   Reply

    As always, the Great Russell Brown again shows us just how cool Photoshop is, even when used in, or maybe especially because, it can be used in unintended ways.

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  • By Emerito - 9:35 PM on January 16, 2011   Reply

    hello russell i think my image would look cool on wood becose it has a lot of depht i now i would never will have a chance to do somthing like these to mi images becose hou much those machine cost please pic me i have been using photoshop almost 4 years and evry time i find out some ting cool you can do with these program you are awsome fore showing hou to do these tecknike :) tank you http://fc00.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2010/231/7/5/Maiden_by_emerito1983.jpg

    • By Terence Boylen - 8:34 PM on January 18, 2011   Reply

      If you win, you should ask to submit a PSD with a monochrome layer with the depths adjusted. EG colour everything in the background black, horse 50% grey and woman white. Actually, you’d probably want to make it a little more nuanced than that, but you get the idea.

  • By Miranda - 10:10 PM on January 16, 2011   Reply

    This is stunning! I agree with some of the people above that it’s a shame we can’t do this from home. But the technologies on it’s way I’m sure. I love Photoshop, I use it for painting as well as editing photos and adding the finishing touches to anything else I am doing. This is a link to the image I would like to see in 3D, simple but elegant. Best of luck to us all! http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=754525&l=e62258801b&id=1793626123

  • By VincentVC - 8:35 AM on January 17, 2011   Reply
  • By MarkElliot - 8:35 AM on January 17, 2011   Reply

    I want to be just like Mr. Brown when I grow up!
    Thanks for sharing the video and for the 10 book copies you’re giving away!!
    M

  • By Jann Lipka - 10:44 AM on January 17, 2011   Reply

    Great ideas – as usual from Russell Brown –
    I’m sure we will see a lot of that kind of artwork in the future .

    I love the concept and I’m sure the tools will get cheaper and better soon .

    I would love to have this kind of technology applied on a sphere for 360 degrees panoramic images :-)

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  • By Patrick LaMontagne - 1:37 PM on January 17, 2011   Reply

    This image won for Best in Show at Photoshop World 2010 in Las Vegas.
    http://www.cartoonink.com/wolftotem.php

    It is not a manipulated photo, but a completely digitally painted image done entirely in Photoshop. While I have limited edition giclee canvas prints of this image hanging in two galleries in Banff and Canmore, Canada, I would really love to see what the brush strokes would look like with this laser printing process.

    This laser etching is an incredible process with a lot of applications. Whether or not my image is selected, I hope Adobe brings some samples of this printing/etching process to Photoshop World in Las Vegas THIS year so I can see it in person. Keep stretching the limits of possibility, Russell! Brilliant process.

  • By David A Rogers - 2:03 PM on January 17, 2011   Reply

    Very Impressive stuff Russell.
    I doubt I’ll be owning either the laser etcher or the printer any time soon s please consider this image as a candidate for your technique.

    I believe the smooth areas will be quite well offset from the texture on the frogs back thereby enhancing the extra dimension your technique affords.

    • By David A Rogers - 2:08 PM on January 17, 2011   Reply
  • By Lisa - 2:47 PM on January 17, 2011   Reply

    Thanks for the demo.
    But where are the links you mention at the end of this clip please?

  • By Mike Moore - 2:52 PM on January 17, 2011   Reply

    This was taken in Vegas during our honeymoon, I believe this would be a good one for the project because of all the color and it is a very unusual character.
    http://www.grocerybuzz.com/IMG_2400.JPG

  • By George Quiroga - 5:09 PM on January 17, 2011   Reply

    Thanks Russell,

    Great effect of combining different technologies to create a new art medium. I like hearing about new printing techniques on wood, fabric, metal, and stone. Too bad the technology is out of reach for most of us but that may change in the future.

    Here is my image… http://www.qnetx.com/images/gqclownfish.jpg

  • By Jerdboy - 5:14 PM on January 17, 2011   Reply

    This picture of a man half in shadow (so to speak) contains many elements that I think would be brought out wonderfully by this process!
    Please consider this, it would mean a lot!

    http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i307/jerdboy/Shadow1400x900wall-1.jpg?1295313228

  • By Joe Ercoli - Anvil Image Photography - 8:31 PM on January 17, 2011   Reply

    Cool! I love the idea of being able to “feel” the texture captured in an image.. Here’s one for ya!
    http://anvilimage.com/2010/07/01/entering-the-concrete-jungle/

    • By KatrinaJaye - 1:58 AM on January 18, 2011   Reply

      wow, great composition, i think that would look great on wood.

  • By Photoshopace - 8:47 PM on January 17, 2011   Reply

    One day I was a a Photoshop Summit meeting and a funny thing happened. Russell Brown gave me a Godzilla puppet because I had twin boys like he did. I got a cool Adobe tshirt too that changed colors with different levels of heat although he tried to convince me it had t do with how far away from Adobe I got.
    Wow, Unbelievable! I didn’t know that could happen. Miss you Russell. Can’t wait to see the book.

  • By KatrinaJaye - 1:56 AM on January 18, 2011   Reply

    I love this idea, I enjoy creating and trying to come up with new ideas and this style is really intriging, i wonder if you can further the idea? like what other materials it works on and how it affects them. Very creative. Here is a piece i composed in Photoshop using only one stock image, the rest is created. (http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x380/katrina-jaye/StreetDancer.jpg) With my pieces i generally continue to add to them, so i never really feel like a piece is finished, but i think this one is, or at least very close. I worked quite hard on ‘Grunging’ this one up, which i think creates an interesting texture, i added 3 overlays on top to get the effect, I made it ‘grungy’ to contrast with the electric streaks, i think it works.
    katrinajaye

  • By Cormac McCann - 3:41 PM on January 18, 2011   Reply

    http://cormacmccann.com/offic_html_ial/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Devil-Child.jpg

    I’d love to see how the finished product would turn out!

  • By Terence Boylen - 8:45 PM on January 18, 2011   Reply

    Oops – thought I’d submit this too – http://tezbo.deviantart.com/art/The-Riverboat-194042671 . If I get selected though I will submit a seperate BW image for first burn so the depths come out correctly.

    Thanks guys.

    Terence Boylen.

  • By Jeff Nottingham - 11:38 AM on January 19, 2011   Reply

    http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a115/jnottingham13/IMG_0667-1.jpg

    It was a tough decision choosing what photo to offer to you guys! However, I chose this one because I think it works great for the technique you are using. The photo offers great visuals and includes many lines, shapes, and shadows that will make a final print look great. I’ve always wanted to do cool prints and things with my photos, but i’ve never had the chance. Hopefully, I will finally!

    Thanks for the opportunity, guys! & great work on the technique, it’s really an amazing process and outcome!

  • By Edmar Cisneros - 12:03 PM on January 19, 2011   Reply

    I’ve seen prints on wood but never with that texture.Not sure about thr filter at the begining tho….I dont like using filters that create effects like that (they seem a bit cheap) but the final print on the wood with the different textures looks really interestin.Dunno if that can be achived without using the van gogh filter to the original image but perhaps it might work only for the mapping of the textures.anyway.here is an illustration I created for the Intrinsic Nature art collective. hope you like it enough and that it may work nicely with this process.
    http://fc00.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2010/325/8/d/savant_by_zerj19-d33ah9u.jpg

  • By Dean - 12:07 PM on January 20, 2011   Reply

    What an awesome combination of technologies. Now, I’m printing onto various media, preferably canvas, spray coating, and brushing over with some sort of dimensional media be it paint, thick glaze, etc. I really like the results that the additional hand work produces, but this really appeals to the technology nut in me. Thanks.

  • By Michele Weisbart - 4:36 PM on January 21, 2011   Reply

    This is an amazing technique! Thanks as always for sharing your talent and vision. Since I saw you out in Los Angeles, I have really been playing with Photoshop again. Most recently experimenting with filters, adjustment layers and now Pixel Bender (and of course now using smart objects!)

    I would love to see my work come to life in a new way. But mostly, as an instructor of Photoshop, would love the opportunity to share with my students a way to turn a digital imagery into a very tangible and tactile form. I have already challenged them to see what they can come up with.

  • By Michele Weisbart - 4:42 PM on January 21, 2011   Reply

    http://micheledesigns.com/pics.html

    oops link didn’t show

  • By Silvia Burgos - 8:43 AM on January 26, 2011   Reply

    Before I saw the video I was somewhat skeptical, but after watching it I’ve completely changed my mind. This technique is extremely cool and innovative. I love how the resulting image turns out.
    I’m posting a link to this image: http://silviaburgos.deviantart.com/art/me-57767676?q=gallery:silviaburgos/6583376&qo=5
    which I would like to give to my boyfriend on our 8th anniversary this year.
    He knows I’m a big Photoshop fan, and if I win this and tell him how I got it, I know it will also mean a lot to him.

  • By Paul Dalcanale - 1:47 AM on February 2, 2011   Reply

    Great technique he’s invented … Wish I could get my hands on of them laser engravers. Here’s my image:
    http://goexploreoutdoors.com/outdoor-gallery/1009-pauld/photo.html?albumid=10#photoid=34

  • By David Centioli - 4:59 PM on February 2, 2011   Reply

    I found an easier way of creating a realistic oil painting texture after watching this video. Thanks for sparking the idea.

  • By Isis - 3:35 PM on February 12, 2011   Reply

    My little black Gisele Bündchen! =)

    http://isis-m.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d36ozni

    • By Isis - 3:47 PM on February 12, 2011   Reply

      This is my cousin, Lia. I really thinks she deserves this because she’s an amazing girl, and this photo is part of a photoshoot I made to her as gift. It was the FIRST time she received this kind of attention and, before of the photos, she thought she was ugly… I think she will really realize how beautiful she is if, more than a photo, I can give her a painting!

      Thanks for show us this amazing work. =)

  • By Isis - 3:36 PM on February 12, 2011   Reply

    My little black Gisele Bündchen!

    http://isis-m.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d36ozni

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  • By Robin Ball - 11:00 AM on December 28, 2011   Reply

    Thanks for sharing. I’m looking for new ways to print images on old wood. I wonder if this will work.

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