Oil Paint

Oil Paint

Photoshop CS6 Tutorial


How to Add an Oil Paint Effect in Photoshop



One of the new additions to Photoshop CS6 is the Oil Paint filter. It allows you to quickly convert your photograph to an image similar to an oil painting.


Step One

Open an image in Photoshop (File > Open).

Step Two

Our goal at this point is to simplify the image. Choose Image > Mode > Indexed Color.

Step Three

Set the Dither to None and then adjust the Colors value so you have a strong base image. Click OK to accept your image.

Step Four

Return to RGB mode by choosing Image > Mode > RGB Color.

Step Five

Press Cmd/j (PC - Ctrl/j) to duplicate the Background layer.

Step Six

With the upper layer selected in the Layers panel, choose Filter > Oil Paint.

Step Seven

In the Brush section, you can adjust the Stylization, Cleanliness, Scale and Bristle Detail. Higher Cleanliness values produce less detail in your image.

Step Eight

The Lighting section is used to set the light Direction and Shine. Raise the Shine value to accentuate the brush strokes.

Step Nine

Once you are finished with your adjustments, Press OK to accept your settings.

Layer Blending Mode Adjustments

To finish off your masterpiece, try setting the upper layer to various Blending Modes and Opacity values.