Using the ‘Oil Painting’ Effect

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.

To Start:

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’

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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

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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%

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5. Now select ‘Filter’ –> ‘Other’ –> ‘High Pass’

  • Set to about 190 (adjust to your liking)

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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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