MargaretM --Love what you did to my portrait. How did you achieve the brush strokes to
Thank you bcarll. I use a combo of PHotoshop and Painter, Brushstrokes are from Painter Acrylic brushes in this picture. I almost always texturize in Painter - huge assortment of textures there, but have found a very light hand works better, so usually reduce the depth to between 20 and 30 and then usually end up using the edit fade. Also, once you have texturized, to get a more natural look, dupe the layer then mask it and then paint over the mask in black with different opacities to hide some texture in the places it would not show in a regular painting - areas where the paint would be thick. This can be done in Photoshop.
Here'a a link to Trimoon's smudging tutorial - http://www.trimoon.com/html/smudging.html