The Photo category of brushes is intended to give easy access to tools which photographers typically use to fine-tune their photographs. They include sharpen, blur, dodge and saturation and are applied directly on the photograph with brushes rather than by making selections.
The Add Grain Brush is interesting as texture is copied from the Papers palette and painted directly on the photograph.
The diffusers are very similar to those in the Diffusers brush category.
In the examples below I have been rather heavy handed to enable the result to be seen in a small picture. Normally the effect would be done with more subtlety.
The stained glass window in a local church featured this very impressive religious figure and I have used the tools in the Photo brush category to illustrate how they can be used to alter a picture.
I painted over the photograph with the Diffuse Blur brush, which broke up the detail and made it less of a record picture, All the brushes were used at their default settings. The Burn brush darkened the background, I also ran over the top of the background with the Blur brush to soften the detail more. I gently sharpened the face at the end.
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