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How to Create a Photoshop Oil Painting Effect

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What You'll Be Creating

In this oil painting Photoshop tutorial, you will learn how to create an oil painting Photoshop action. With this action, you'll be able to transform any photo into an oil paint Photoshop effect. I will explain everything in so much detail that everyone can follow it, even those who have just opened Photoshop for the first time.

What You Will Learn in This Adobe Photoshop Action Tutorial

  • How to create an oil painting Photoshop action
  • How to create a Photoshop oil painting effect
  • How to use the oil paint brush Photoshop filter
  • How to create the canvas and emboss Photoshop textures
  • How to save Photoshop actions

Take It to the Next Level!

Oil Painting Photoshop Action (ATN, ABR, PAT)

oil painting photoshop action

The oil painting Photoshop action will transform your photo into an oil painting effect in no time! All you have to do is open your photo and run the action. Creating an advanced Photoshop oil painting effect has never been this quick and easy.

What You'll Need

To recreate the design above, you will need the following resources:

1. How to Get Started

First, open the photo that you want to work with. To open your photo, go to File > Open, choose your photo, and click Open. Now, before we get started, just check a couple of things:

  1. Your photo should be in RGB Color mode, 8 Bits/Channel. To check this, go to Image > Mode.
  2. For best results, your photo size should be 2500–4500 px wide/high. To check this, go to Image > Image Size.
  3. Your photo should be the Background layer. If it is not, go to Layer > New > Background from Layer.
checking image mode and size

2. How to Start Recording a Photoshop Action

In this section, we are going to start recording the action. Go to Window > Actions, and in the Actions panel, click on the menu icon in the top right-hand corner, choose New Set to create a new set, and name it Oil Painting. Then, click on the same menu icon again, choose New Action to create a new action, and name it Oil Painting.

creating new photoshop action

3. How to Create the Photoshop Oil Painting Effect

Step 1

In this section, we are going to create the Photoshop oil painting effect using a Photoshop oil paint filter along with other filters. Press Control-J on your keyboard to duplicate the Background layer. Then, go to Image > Adjustments > Shadows/Highlights, and set Shadows to 10% and Highlights to 5%.


adjusting shadows and highlights

Step 2

Now go to Filter > Blur > Surface Blur, and set the Radius to 5 px and Threshold to 15.

adding surface blur filter

Step 3

Go to Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask, and set the Amount to 250%, Radius to 1 px, and Threshold to 0 levels.

adding unsharp mask filter

Step 4

Now go to Filter > Noise > Reduce Noise and set the Strength to 10, Preserve Details to 25%, Reduce Color Noise to 0%, and Sharpen Details to 0%.

adding reduce noise filter

Step 5

Go to Filter > Stylize > Diffuse, and set the Mode to Anisotropic.

adding diffuse filter

Step 6

Now go to Filter > Stylize > Oil Paint, set the Stylization to 2.5 and Cleanliness to 2.5, and uncheck the Lighting option.

adding photoshop oil paint filter

Step 7

Go to Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask, and set the Amount to 100%, Radius to 1 px, and Threshold to 0 levels.

adding unsharp mask filter

Step 8

Now name this layer Oil Painting.

naming layer

4. How to Create a Canvas Texture in Photoshop

Step 1

In this section, we are going to create the canvas texture. Go to Layer > New > Layer to create a new layer, and name it Canvas.

creating new layer

Step 2

Now press D on your keyboard to reset the swatches, go to Edit > Fill, and set Contents to 50% gray, Mode to Normal, and Opacity to 100%.

filling layer

Step 3

Go to Filter > Filter Gallery > Texture > Texturizer, and set the Texture to Canvas, Scaling to 200%, and Relief to 4.

adding texturizer filter

Step 4

Now change the Blending Mode of this layer to Soft Light.

changing blending mode

5. How to Create a Photoshop Emboss Effect

Step 1

In this section, we are going to create the emboss effect. Hide the Canvas layer, go to Layer > New > Layer to create a new layer, and name it Emboss.

creating new layer

Step 2

Now press Control-Alt-Shift-E on your keyboard to make a screenshot, and then press Control-Shift-U to desaturate this layer. Then, go to Filter > Stylize > Emboss and set the Angle to 135°, Height to 3 px, and Amount to 500%.

merging layers

Step 3

Change the Blending Mode of this layer to Soft Light and set the Opacity to 30%. Then, show the Canvas layer.

changing blending mode and opacity

6. How to Make Final Adjustments to the Photoshop Oil Painting Effect

Step1

In this section, we are going to make final adjustments to the Photoshop oil painting effect and save the action for future use. Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves to create a new curves adjustment layer and name it Color Look.

creating new curves adjustment layer

Step 2

Now Double-click on this layer thumbnail and in the Properties panel enter the settings below:

adjusting curves

Step 3

Press D on your keyboard to reset the swatches. Then, go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Gradient Map to create a new gradient map adjustment layer and name it Overall Contrast.

creating new gradient map adjustment layer

Step 4

Now change the Blending Mode of this layer to Soft Light and set the Opacity to 31%.

changing blending mode and opacity

Step 5

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Levels to create a new levels adjustment layer, and name it Overall Brightness.

creating new levels adjustment layer

Step 6

Now Double-click on this layer thumbnail and, in the Properties panel, enter the settings below:

adjusting levels

Step 7

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Vibrance to create a new vibrance adjustment layer and name it Overall Vibrance/Saturation.

creating new vibrance adjustment layer

Step 8

Now Double-click on this layer thumbnail and, in the Properties panel, set the Vibrance to +22 and Saturation to +10.

adjusting vibrance and saturation

Step 9

Press Control-Alt-Shift-E on your keyboard to make a screenshot, and then press Control-Shift-U to desaturate this layer. Then, go to Filter > Other > High Pass and set the Radius to 2 px.

adding high pass filter

Step 10

Now change the Blending Mode of this layer to Vivid Light and name this layer Overall Sharpening.

changing blending mode

7. How to Save the Photoshop Action and Crop an Image in Photoshop

In this section, we are going to save the action for future use and crop the image. Go to Window > Actions, and in the Actions panel, click on the rectangle icon in the bottom left-hand corner to stop recording the action. Then, in the same panel, click on the menu icon in the top right-hand corner and choose Save Actions to save the action.

Now choose the Crop Tool (C) and transform the Crop Box as shown below:

saving action and cropping image

You Made It!

Congratulations, you have succeeded! You've learned how to create an oil painting effect Photoshop action to transform any photo into an oil paint Photoshop effect. Here is our final result:

final result

Take It to the Next Level!

Oil Painting Photoshop Action (ATN, ABR, PAT)

oil painting photoshop action

The oil painting Photoshop action will transform your photo into an oil painting effect in no time! The action works so you simply open your photo and just run the action. Creating this advanced Photoshop oil painting effect has never been this quick and easy.

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