In previous versions of Photoshop you had to use a plugin to create an ‘Oil Painting’ effect, but in Photoshop CS6 it is built in. This effect softens an image and makes it resemble a painting more so than a traditional photograph. It is both quick and easy to learn how to do!
High resolution images will work better, however any image can be used.
1. Right click and duplicate your layer so you have your original image to refer back to.
2. Make sure your top layer is selected, then click ‘Filter’ –> ‘Oil Paint’
3. From the settings options that appear on the right do the following (exact numbers may differ from image to image; this is a guide):
- Stylization – 8.96
- Cleanliness – 3.5
- Scale – 8.96
- Bristle Detail – 2.2
- Angular Direction – 244-245
- Shine – 0
At this point your image should be starting to resemble an ‘Oil Painting’.
4. Duplicate the layer you just worked with, and set the fill to roughly 80%
5. Now select ‘Filter’ –> ‘Other’ –> ‘High Pass’
- Set to about 190 (adjust to your liking)
Click ‘OK’ and you can toggle between your layers to see the before and after effects of using this tool. It really does help reduce shine and give a nice finished product that could be useful for our projects!
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