You can read or download the User Manual here:
AD Impastoshop – User Manual (PDF – 5,7Mb.)
If you got used to install your Photoshop Extensions using the Adobe Extension Manager please forget to use it with Photoshop CC2014 & CC2015! Adobe no longer supports it. You could using it for Photoshop CC but for newer versions I recommend to use the Anastasiy’s Extension Manager a free and user-friendly installer / uninstaller for Adobe extensions.
NOTE: If you want to use AD Impastoshop with Adobe Photoshop® CS6 you CAN NOT use the panel because it uses a different technology wich is only supported by newer versions of Photoshop
but… YOU CAN STILL USE IMPASTOSHOP TOOLS WITH CS6! Follow these steps:
The first dropdown menu lets you add a texture as a base for your artwork.
It doesn’t matter wich is the size of your document, the texture will cover the 100% of it.
The second dropdown menu contains the main Impasto layers grouped into this categories: Wet, Canvas, Dry Gesso, Glue Gesso and Abrasive.
Each time you select an item, a new layer will be created with the corresponding effect.
This third and last dropdown menu has some special effects (Carve & Varnish) that could be combined with the main Impasto layers.
The function of this button is to render / rasterize the effects in all the layers having an effect. As adding to many layers with FX could slow down the Photoshop performance, this function may help to keep the actual document as lightweight as possible.
Note: In order to view it as expected Carve and Varnish layers need to change their ‘Layer Mode’ to ‘Linear Light’ after rasterization.
It doesn’t matter wich is the FX of the current layer, this function will make visible the effect and the colour of your brush strokes.
Eg.: Usually, if you paint over a “Carve Layer FX” what you see is just the transparent effect, the opacity of the contents (color fill) is turned to 0%, so this function will put the contents opacity back to 100% to make it visible.
This function in combination with each Impasto Layer will add a bunch of other effects to the default ones.
The Impasto Layers have the fill opacity at 100% by default, that means when you paint you see the colour of your strokes plus the layer effect, if the fill opacity is down to 0% the strokes colour turns invisible but the layer effect is still visible. That’s what this button makes: hide your strokes but keeps the layer fx intact.
Each time you click this button your current / active layer is duplicated without it’s contents.
Very simple but really necessary to produce a realistic Impasto or thick paint effect building up your artwork with several layers.
The panel contains 76 brushes inside seven categories:
Oil (12 brushes), Palette Knife (8 brushes), Acrylic (16 brushes), Wet (12 brushes), Splatter (12 brushes), Blenders (8 brushes) and Erasers (8 brushes).
AD Impastoshop doesn’t replace, overwrite or change your brushes or tool presets, so you could use the panel and also load and use your daily brushes or/and tool presets without worries.
TIP: How to use most of the Tool Preset Brushes as Erasers
This is another function to help you taking down the weight of your document.
Just select a group of layers and click the button: the layers are going to be merged with all the effects rasterized.
Use this function once you’ve finished your artwork. It will duplicate and save a greyscale version of your artwork in a Desktop folder (AD-Tools) and then it will use that image to apply texture in a new layer with a mask.
You could paint over that mask to hide the textured parts that you don’t want to show.
Clicking the small icon in the right top corner of the panel you could access to some Quick help as the AD Impastoshop version, some basic instructions and a link to this On-line Help.
First thing is to take in mind how the real Impasto works:
“Impasto is a painting technique, where paint is laid on an area of the surface very thickly, usually thick enough that the brush or painting-knife strokes are visible. Paint can also be mixed right on the canvas. When dry, impasto provides texture, and the paint appears to be coming out of the canvas.”
so do not cover all your canvas with colour but paint with visible brush strokes using as many layers as you need.
Once you’ve created a New 300 Dpi Photoshop Document and launched Impastoshop (Photoshop > Window > Extensions >) add a Base Texture (image A) from the first menu (it’s not mandatory but I highly recommend to start with some neutral background, neither white nor black).
Then use the second dropdown menu to create a new ‘Impasto Layer’.
Open any Brush group, click a brush thumbnail to select it and start painting (image B)
Use the ‘Duplicate FX’ button to add more layers and paint over. That will generate the ‘deep’ effect in your painting (image C)
Go ahead and experiment with different kind of Impasto Layers and different brushes!