How to Make Your Photo Look like an Oil Painting in Photoshop CS6 - dummies

How to Make Your Photo Look like an Oil Painting in Photoshop CS6

By Barbara Obermeier

A new filter in Photoshop CS6 that gets its own dedicated menu command is the Oil Paint filter. Critics have lambasted Adobe for adding a fun filter and not allocating resources to something more serious like beefing up the Lens Correction filter. First of all, Adobe didn’t really have to allocate that many resources. The Oil Paint filter was ported over from Adobe Lab’s Pixel Bender plug-in.

Yes, this filter is fun. But since when is that necessarily a bad thing?

Here’s how to transform your photo into a work of natural media:

  1. Open your desired photo in Photoshop and choose Filter→Oil Paint.

    It is recommended that you use an image that is 3000 pixels in width or height to avoid memory errors.

  2. Your image opens in the Oil Paint editing window. Specify your available options:

    • Stylization: Adjusts the length and bend of the brush strokes. A lower number retains the integrity of the photo more closely. A higher number makes the image appear more painterly.

    • Cleanliness: Adjusts the brush stroke quality and smoothness of the effect. On a range of 1 to 10, a higher number smoothes out the stroke more.

    • Scale: Establishes the size of your brush stroke, from small (.1) to large (10).

    • Bristle Detail: Sets the amount of detail (from 0-10) in your brush.

    • Angular Direction: Establishes the direction of your light sources based on a 360 degree rotation.

    • Shine: Sets how “shiny” or white your highlights are (from 0 to 10). Increasing makes the texture of the brush stroke more prominent.

  3. After you’ve painted your image to your liking, click OK. To start over, hold down the Alt (Option on the Mac) key and press Reset.

    [Credit: ©iStockphoto.com/paparazzit Image #18908849]
    Credit: ©iStockphoto.com/paparazzit Image #18908849