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Turn Your Photo Into An Oil Painting in Photoshop CS5

Oil Paintings in Photoshop CS5

Have you ever wanted to learn how to create hand-painted works of art quickly?  If so, you may have played with the Photoshop filters.  They typically do not net great results.  So, you either learned the art of painting in Photoshop or another program, which is anything but quick or you gave up.


Adobe Photoshop CS5

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If you have Photoshop CS5, you can once again pick up the skill, which really takes almost no skill.  And start turning your portraits into beautiful oil paintings in seconds.  The best part, you do not have to pay any additional money, as it is a FREE Extension from Adobe Labs called Pixel Bender. This freebie actually does a lot more than just oil paintings.  Some of the tools seem more useful than others. The FISHEYE filter looks promising and I always have had fun with Kaleidoscope filters too.

Now back to this tutorial.  Go ahead and DOWNLOAD the extension here!

Once downloaded, you will install it using these instructions. Make sure Photoshop is closed until it is installed.  Then, you will open up a photo.  Go under FILTER – PIXEL BENDER – PIXEL BENDER GALLERY.

creating oil painting in photoshop

Next, you will drop down to the OIL PAINT choice. And start playing with settings.  Ideally you want to blend the pixels so that it looks natural and smoothed. Manipulate until you get the desired effect.

Oil Painting Photoshop CS5

Here is my starting image (courtesy of Silvina B. Photography, LLC.)

oil painting in photoshop CS5

Then I used these settings, which took 5-10 seconds:

pixel bender for Photoshop CS5

And created this:

oil painting in photoshop CS5

I liked the smooth, less brush stroked look. But you could play around.  You could also edit further in Photoshop, which I did not do above. I cannot say if I would use this in my personal editing, but if you like “new toys” and you have Photoshop CS5, you might as well grab this free adobe filter.

Jodi Friedman, MCP Actions

Jodi Friedman is the founder of MCP Actions. She designs popular Photoshop actions and Lightroom presets that make editing faster, easier and more fun.

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