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Create an Oil Painting Effect on Any Image in PhotoShop

In this tutorial, we will learn how to create oil painting from any image in Photoshop.


Tutorial Details

Program: Photoshop CS5

Estimated Completion Time: 20 Minutes

Tutorial Assets

The following assets were used in the creation of this tutorial.

* Wooden Hut in fall

Step 1

Create a new document with Width 1200px and Height 1000px.


Step 2

Now open the image file, which you want to convert into an oil painting. Click Ctrl+ A to select that image and then press Ctrl+ C to copy it. After that, create a new layer in your document and press Ctrl+ V to paste the image. Now go to Edit > Free transform tool and resize the image according to your need using this tool.


Step 3

Next, we’ll adjust the colors of our image to make it brighter. For this, go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation and use the given settings.


Step 4

After that, go to Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast and use the following values.


Step 5

We’ve adjusted our image so far, now we’ll move ahead to apply oil painting effect on it using various filters in Photoshop. Firstly, duplicate image by going to Layer > Duplicate layer. We’ll work on this duplicated image now. Go to Filter > Artistic > Plastic wrap and use the given settings but do not click ‘Ok’ as we are going to apply few more filters.


Step 6

Now click on the ‘new effect layer’ icon, which is present at the bottom of this palette. Then click on ‘paint daubs’ option and use the following settings.


Step 7

Once again click on ‘new effect layer’ icon. Then click on ‘texture folder’ and select ‘texturizer’. Use the given settings for texturizer.


Step 8

Now press the ‘new effect layer’ icon and click on the ‘distort folder’. Select ‘glass’ from the menu and use the displayed values. You can press ‘Ok’ now.


Step 9

Next we’ll give it emboss appearance. Click on the original image layer and duplicate it. Place this ‘copy layer’ above the ‘oil painting layer’. Now go to Image > Adjustments > Black and White and use the default settings here.


Step 10

Lastly, go to Filter > Stylize > Emboss and use the given values.


Change the blending mode of this layer to ‘vivid light’. That’s all guys.

Hope your enjoyed the creation of this oil painting and have learned something useful. Do share your thoughts on it. Have fun!

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