Step 2 Repeat the process at the bottom of the image to create a similar effect. Focus on regions that lack fine detail, such as the ships’ hulls and the water – ideal to tackle with a large brush size. Take your time, using small strokes to gently push the underlying imagery around like real paint. Pushing gently in one direction and then back from the other, over and over, will often achieve the best results. Do this to move imagery around where the two ropes overlap the water, until they disappear.

Step 3 When it comes to features such as the skyline or the ship railings, you’re going to want to reduce the size of the brush considerably in the Property bar. Having done that, zoom in on the skyline and repeat the whole process to blend the imagery with the Oil Palette Knife. Take care not to alter the structure of the buildings while smoothing them.

You will need to alter the brush size often and pay attention to the direction in which you push the paint; there should be some consistency at the end of it all. If you push paint in too many directions, the composition will appear chaotic. Here you can see that I’ve stuck to a left-to-right aesthetic when applying brushstrokes, so that the skyline feels unified with the water beneath.

Step 4 Now navigate to the region on the right containing the railings of the ship. Use the same procedure again, but reduce the brush size drastically in regions of detail. You will want to ensure that these portions of the image have the same painted aesthetic, but you don’t want to wipe away all of the detail by using an overly large brush.

After you’ve created a painterly effect here that preserves the detail, scroll to the other side of the canvas and perform the same operation on the details of the ship there.