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How to turn a photo into an OIL PAINTING in PHOTOSHOP

August 19, 2019

Hey Cafe Crew, it is Colin Smith here from
Photoshop Cafe and today, I am going to show you how to take a photograph and turn into
a realistic looking oil painting. Now, Photoshop has a great oil painting filter
inside of it but that alone is not really going to give you a really realistic looking
oil painting effect. It is going to look like all the other paintings
that people have applied the oil painting filter. So what I am going to do is I am going to
show you couple of little tips and tricks to make your photograph really look a lot
like a real oil painting. So by the way, I am starting here with this
photograph that I have grabbed from Adobe Stock. Adobe Stock is a great resource and a great
place for you to grab photographs. If you are doing comps and layouts, you can
grab the watermark version and use it for free. Now when you are ready to put into a commercial
project or create art out of it, you can license that image, it becomes a high resolution out
and watermarks removed. Check out the link underneath to grab 10 free
images. So the first thing we are going to do is,
we are going to make a duplicate of this layer. The way to do that is grab the layer and just
drag it into the new layer icon. When you see the little Hand, Release and
now you have a copy of the layer. Now, this enables me to apply all kinds of
filters and different things to it and stuck them up but I want to the original Photograph
in the bottom, just for a number of reasons. One of the reasons I like to do it is even
though I am working non-destructively, I like to keep the original image in that file, so
it is always there when I go back, as a reference or whatever. I can also use it to show before and after
view but also sometimes I like to copy that photo later and use it to apply different
types of effect. So it’s always useful to have it there. So you will notice, I usually start by creating
a new layer and that’s why. Okay, so the next thing we are going to do
is we are going to apply the Oil Pain Filter. So, we are going to go under filters, which
is where all the filters live. And then you are actually going to find under
the stylize menu. Now, we go down here and we are going to oil
paint. But before I apply this, you may see this
grade out. If it is grade out, here is how you fix it. Just go under Preferences, and under preferences
you will see something called performance and you know, we can talk about all these
in a separate tutorial, if you guys want to know, so drop a comment and I will explain
all these stuff to you. But make sure your GPU or Graphics Processor
is turned on. If it is turned off, the Oil Paint Filter
will not work. Okay, so we are going to choose filter and
then we are going to go to our Stylize and we are going to choose Oil Paint. Not by default, we can get a little bit of
a preview here, let me just move this up to the side, slowly get it out of your way. So when we open up the Oil Paint Filter, the
first thing we are going to see is this little effect up here and we can view it in there,
we can zip it out so that we can see it a little bit more of the image or we can zoom
it to a 100%, to see how it is actually affecting it. Now, here’s a thing, I would love to see
it on the picture. So we are just going to click preview and
that’s going to show it on the picture. It might take little bit longer for it to
render than it will in this window, especially when you are working with a high resolution
file, so you might have to be a little patient. So let’s look at these basic sliders. So stylization, if we turn it all the way
up, you see we are going to get kind of longer kind of strokes there. And if we turn it down, it is going to be
shorter, more kind of detailed strokes. So depending on the effect you are looking
for, you can do this. If we take the cleanliness all the way up,
it is going to create a very, kind of a smooth effect, see that? Versus, turning cleanliness all the way down,
it is going to be much more, kind of impressionistic. Okay, so let’s pull that up to, about there,
because I like it a little bit more like that. And now, scale. If we turn up scale, you are going to see
this kind of, texture or this detail, it is going to look a lot larger. Now the thing about scale is, this is going
to change for image. If you are working on a high-resolution photo
you are going to want to have the scale a lot higher than you would. If you are working on a web-resolution or
a low-resolution image. So, we turn the scale down here you can see
how it just kind of effects it. Now the other thing is, we have got, Bristle
Detail. So if we want to have really detailed bristles
on the brush or we can turn it down and you will notice, it will become a lot softer. Now one of the things that really going to
affect this image a lot here is lighting. I am going to turn the lighting off for now
and notice, that 3 dimensional effect is gone. And that’s what I want. I want to be able to create a kind of a stylize
looking photo here. So I am going to play around with stylization
a little bit till it gets the kind of the vicinity, I kind of like it but watch out
of the Halos. You know if we take it down a little bit low,
you are not going to see the Halos as much. So let’s bring it up just to where they
start to appear because once they appear, it starts to look very vague and then we are
just going to take it back a little bit. So we know that there’s no real noticeable
halos on that. Just play around with this until we get a
nice, kind of a brushed look without getting too rough. So we don’t want to like look super rough
like this. I want to just smoothen it up just a little
because that’s how I would paint if I was working with oil paints. Okay, that’s looking good. So right now we are going to leave the scale
and the bristle detail along because we are not using lighting. When you are not using lighting, they are
not going to make much difference. But in a second, we will come back and we
will use that. Okay, so looking here, we have got a nice
kind of basic effect there. So we are just going to click OK to apply
it and we can see, there’s the original photograph and now, here we go with our kind
of effect that we are getting there. Now I want to do a little bit more to this. So I am going to take the background again,
I am going to hit Ctrl J to make a copy of that and we will bring it up and why don’t
we just call this one ‘Paint’? Okay, so now we are going to work with the
paint detail but I would like to get you know, a slightly different effect with this. So what we are going to do is we are going
to choose the Filter and we are going to go back to our Stylize one more time and we are
going to apply Oil Paint again. Now, we are going to turn on our lighting. Now, I really care about you know, how is
this sort of effecting it here, this effect. You know, we can play around with this, we
can play around with the scale, you know, we want to make this a little bit bigger. Or we want to make it smaller, you know, what
kind of effect you want, I want to go kind of, maybe about here. Little much, let’s bring that down a little
bit. Okay, so maybe that’s looking sort of good. Watch out of the halos around those edges,
once again. Bristle detail, maybe a little more detail. So I might bring the scale down, so I don’t
get really obvious halos but bring up the detail little bit more. And notice here on the lighting too, we have
this, you know, we can change the direction of the lighting and of course the Shine, we
can increase this, that looks more reflective or we can take it all the way down where it
is not going to do anything. So I am just going to bring it up a little
bit. Maybe about there. You know what, that’s looking pretty good. So I am just going to apply this on top right
now. So why did I create a new layer because I
want to be able to play around with this and blend these two together. So let’s just go all the way of the opacity,
we are going to take it all the way down and then we are going to just bring it up a little
bit, to about there. So now we are at about 50% opacity and I just
think it is giving it little bit more realistic result. So the texture is there but it is not overbearing
or taking over the photograph. Now the next thing we are going to do is we
are going to make it look like it is on canvas. So I am going to create yet again another
copy of this photograph. So let’s hit Ctrl J and actually make a
copy of this particular layer that we are working on right now and we are going to apply
Texture. So let’s go under the Filter and under the
Filter, we want to go to Filter Gallery. And under this Filter Gallery what we want
to do is we want to go to Texture and we are going to go to the very last option which
is Texturizer. Click that on there and then for the options,
we are going to choose Canvas. now, if you want to see what this looks like,
we can actually just click and drag this window and increase the size of the window and now
we can get a good idea of what it is going to look like in a photograph. Now remember we can turn the opacity up or
down. So what we want is the scaling. If we go like this, it is going to be very,
very big, thick canvas, strips very small here, so we can kind of control how much [Inaudible
08:16] we have got there on that canvas. And the relief if we turn that up, it gets
more like that and here it has no affect. So let’s bring it up to about there and
that’s not bad. We can change the light direction and all
those kinds of things if we want. Now we are going to click OK and now we can
see because we have got this at 50% opacity, because we copied the other layer. It is looking pretty good. If we want to make it stronger of course we
could increase the opacity but I am kind of liking it maybe around there, maybe around
60 might look better. Let’s have a look at the before and the
after. There is the before photograph and there’s
the after. We are able to take that photograph and make
it look like an oil painting. Now it is all ready for you to print or do
whatever you like with it. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you did, smash that like button into dust
and by the way, I have grabbed this image from Adobe Stock. So feel free to grab those 10 free images,
the link is underneath from Adobe Stock’s and you can start playing around with this. I have also added a link on Photoshop Cafe
page to this particular image so that you can grab this image from Adobe Stock and play
around with this as well. So anyway guys, what do you think about this? Add a comment, I would love to hear your thoughts
let me know what you would love to learn next and until next time, I will see you, hang
on a sec and I want to say, thanks guys for all the congratulations, we just recently
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  • Reply Jim Hamilton January 24, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    Really enjoyed this video.

  • Reply Kevin Pattemore January 24, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    Trying to figure out your accent – are you half Aussie half American, or an Aussie that's been living in the US for a long time?

    Love your videos by the way!

  • Reply Revolt January 24, 2018 at 11:32 pm

    You're an inspiration and great mentor sir.

  • Reply George Cook January 24, 2018 at 11:45 pm

    Great vid thanks!
    I often use the various on canvas printing services for my pictures.
    If you have tried printing on canvas would you still add the canvas texture in the print or would you skip that step and just give the painting modifications?

  • Reply Daniel Zrihen January 25, 2018 at 11:18 am


  • Reply barni freak January 25, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    Super Video Top Thk

  • Reply Bes January 26, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    Nice technique. I dont knw y all this while i dint try by uncheckin light. Thank u for the tip. Pls do one tutorial for watercolor also (with splashes n smudges)

  • Reply Michael Hegemeyer January 28, 2018 at 3:41 am

    Great video, please do more along this line.

  • Reply Rodger Schultz January 28, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Another winner…Thank you!!

  • Reply Jack Reckitt January 28, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    Ditto on the last comment, Watercolor.

  • Reply Mr. Fawkes January 28, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    Nice one Shrek

  • Reply Will Eastburn February 1, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    Thank you. Very easy to follow and provided a powerful effect

  • Reply suz February 3, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    Excellent thank you

  • Reply Chico do Vale February 5, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    Great video, I enjoyed very much! Thanks

  • Reply Soulkreed February 13, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    This designs brilliant! Can't wait around to discover more like this. Great job.

  • Reply charles DuP February 18, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    Hi Colin, enjoyed the tutorial. My oil paint remains grayed out after performing the preferences change that you indicated. Any other changes I might need to make to have it gray out?

  • Reply Boriquah Afrikanah March 12, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    It's not letting me change the Graphics Processor Settings so that I can do the oil paint feature

  • Reply Alice Turner April 6, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    Thanks so much

  • Reply Video man May 30, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    Now can you show this in a normal Photoshop program, like CS5 are CS6 ?

  • Reply TheRealCritique July 1, 2018 at 11:48 am

    average. Nothing new here. You're easy to listen to.

  • Reply José Colón August 9, 2018 at 12:39 am

    Why is the filter gallery grey. (9:58) I’ve already did the preferences step

  • Reply Janna Fil October 5, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Thank you for the tutorial. What paper would you advice to print this type of stylised picture on? Glossy, matt …?

  • Reply SvendBosanvovski October 8, 2018 at 12:38 am

    Clear and concise. Excellent presentation.

  • Reply John Björlin November 4, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    What if the "Filter Gallery" is gray-marked?

  • Reply Kamen Kunchev November 29, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    Really simple and very well explained! Thank you!

  • Reply Graham Chilles December 4, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    Brill video …many thanks for posting

  • Reply Lu aL's December 18, 2018 at 2:55 am

    Thank you! Great tutorial 🙂🎨📷This is a wonderful step by step🏞 so happy with the results 🤗

  • Reply Monica Chadwick January 7, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    Awesome! Do you know if there’s equivalent software for photoshop on iPad? I have it on my PC, but it’s such a pain firing up the laptop😜. Thanks for your video😊

  • Reply Kalai Kennedy-Lynam January 10, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    How do I do this in CC15?

  • Reply Benjamin Round February 8, 2019 at 3:42 am

    Then convert to cmyk.

  • Reply Kittipong Na Ranong April 5, 2019 at 2:15 am

    thank you. great tutorial. Do you have a tutorial for water painting?

  • Reply Jen House May 1, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    This was an awesome tutorial, thank you!!

  • Reply Andrew McVicar May 8, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    Amazing tutorial!! Thank you so much 😊😊

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  • Reply Clint Horvath June 11, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    I loved this tutorial. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

  • Reply Step by Step Guide June 26, 2019 at 9:13 pm


  • Reply Hoda Tara July 14, 2019 at 8:36 am

    It was very useful! Thank you so much!

  • Reply Maeboon Belgium August 3, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    Thank you so much for this knowledge.

  • Reply Rob Candis August 7, 2019 at 12:34 am

    Help! All was going, as I worked on my image, until 7:37 and my "Filter Gallery" button was grayed out. I couldn't continue giving my image the canvas look. Any ideas???

  • Reply Royce Faggotter August 11, 2019 at 6:32 am

    Yes this is what I want to do, thank you very much for your presentation.

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