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Photo to Oil Painting Effect (Without Oil Filter) – Photoshop Tutorial

September 6, 2019

Hello Again! Welcome to this new tutorial. In this tutorial, You will create this Oil Painting Effect, without even using the Oil paint filter in Photoshop! Since Oil Paint Filter is not working in all photoshop versions. We will use another NEW, & EASY method to create this painting effect. First of all, you should check the image size that you are working with. Your image should not be lower than 1500 Pixels in width or height. Let’s Go! Press CTRL+J to duplicate your layer. Now, go to Image, Adjustments, and choose Shadows/Highlights. FYI, Shadows refer to the darkest areas in your image. And Highlights, refer to the brightest areas in your image. By increasing the highlights amount, the highlights areas will get DARKER. And, by increasing Shadows amount, the shadows areas will get BRIGHTER. In my case, I will increase Shadows only by 30%. Now, go to Levels Adjustment, to adjust contrast a little bit Adjust Levels Values. Every image varies! So, stay flexible, and don’t copy and paste my values. Duplicate “Layer 1”, with CTRL+J. Now, go to Filters, then, Other, and choose High Pass. Make Radius 2, then, click ok. Change Blending Mode to Overlay. This will add some sharpening. and gives us more details as you can see. Now, Select both layers, then, Right-click and Merge Layers. With your image layer selected, go to Filter, then, Sharpen, and choose Unsharp Mask. keep Amount below 150%. and Radius between 2 to 3. with 0 Threshold. Now, we have prepared our image very well! Let’s apply the oil effect to it. With your layer selected, go to, Filter, Stylize, then choose Diffuse. Change Mode to Anisotropic, and click OK. You may see some imperfections in your image. We want to apply Diffuse filter about 3 to 5 times to give us a good effect! To handle this problem, every time you wanna apply the diffuse filter, you should rotate your image 90 degree. This looks like applying Diffuse Filter from different angles! As you can see, the shearing lines has disappeared Rotate again. Apply the Diffuse filter again! Rotate again. Apply the filter again! Rotate again. Apply the filter again! Now, We applied the filter 4 times, in 4 different angles. Let’s see what we have done! Great! Now, with your layer selected. Go to Reduce Noise Filter. Increase Smooth to 10. and keep all other values 0. This will make the skin more smoother. Click & hold on the preview, to check the result! Let’s sharpen our image again. Go to Filter, Sharpen, Unsharp Mask This will give us some extra details. Keep amount below 100. Keep Radius 2. and Threshold 0. Rename the layer to anything you want. Press CTRL+J, to duplicate the “Oil Painting” layer. Then, with the duplicated layer selected, go to High Pass Filter. Keep radius 2. and hit OK. Change Blend Mode to Overlay. Rename it, “Details”. Now, with the top layer selected, Press ALT+CTRL+SHIFT+E, to merge all layers into a new layer. Rename it “Tone”. Now, go to Image, then, Auto tone. You can decrease opacity to control the tone density. Let’s see what we’ve done! Great! Let’s add some extra colorful lights! Create a New layer. Rename it, “Lights”. Pick the Brush Tool. and change the foreground color to something like this. Now, Increase Brush Size with the Square Bracket Key “]”. Then, click to paint with the brush edge, like this. Change Foreground color again. Paint on the left side. Now, Change Blend Mode to Overlay. Change Layer Opacity to control the “Lights” density. Let’s see the final Result! Great! Please don’t forget to LIKE the Video! And SUBSCRIBE for more free tutorials! Thanks For Watching!


  • Reply T A April 11, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    Thank you very much! For me it's the best 'photo 2 oil painting' tutorial of all!

  • Reply Neto Marques April 12, 2019 at 9:57 am

    👍 Very Good !

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  • Reply Martin Stokes April 12, 2019 at 11:33 am

    Thankyou , that was brilliant,, my oil paint filter aint working so this is perfect..

  • Reply X Teame April 13, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    Man so cool! thx for video!

  • Reply Luis Zuñiga April 14, 2019 at 3:19 am

    I'll definitely try this. Great video!

  • Reply Riccardo Boscolo Cegion April 15, 2019 at 7:27 am


  • Reply Fala Sério April 15, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    Superp video! Does anyone know what voice synthetizer he uses to make his videos?

  • Reply philippe ndiaye April 18, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    J'adore ce que vous faites
    Mais est ce que vous pouvez faire un tuto du même procédé avec une personne noire genre afro-americain?

  • Reply Emmanuel Olarve April 20, 2019 at 2:12 am

    New Sub here.
    You're one of the best Photoshop Master out there

  • Reply Huyền Bùi Thị Khánh April 21, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    Thank you so much indeed. Your tutorial videos are really helpful. And your voice is kind of professional and impressive.

  • Reply Shin Jara April 22, 2019 at 6:30 pm


  • Reply Thiago de Lyra April 22, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    nice 👍

  • Reply rubmon64 April 26, 2019 at 11:40 am

    TTS voice is still better than no voice. Thanks for the tutorial.

  • Reply WANDERA April 30, 2019 at 9:43 am

    wooh tht was so ace…thanks

  • Reply Yarin.E. April 30, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    1:49 how to select them????

  • Reply Off To Road May 1, 2019 at 8:20 am


  • Reply perfect creations May 5, 2019 at 4:26 am

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  • Reply J One Pasqueezy May 8, 2019 at 4:21 am

    Excellent tutorial. I appreciate you!

  • Reply Missy Typewriter May 8, 2019 at 5:32 am

    very informative!

  • Reply Sofiane Chabane May 11, 2019 at 5:59 am

    Amazing, nice job

  • Reply TMR PHOTOGRAPHY May 11, 2019 at 11:12 am

    Spectacular ji…..

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  • Reply Saurav Debnath May 13, 2019 at 12:13 pm


  • Reply Andre Ofre May 13, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    Great video. I enjoyed it and learned a lot. What made it better was the soothing music at the background. May I know the name of the track? Thanks.

  • Reply Shimru Attur May 17, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    Could you please provide info regarding the way you achieved TTS sounds so natural? which engine are you using?

  • Reply fachri syam May 17, 2019 at 11:49 pm

    thanks bro… I will watch the ads for you

  • Reply It’s Litt Dylan May 18, 2019 at 6:29 am

    Great video!!!!!

  • Reply Gabriel Alvizo May 20, 2019 at 1:18 am

    When he adjusts the levels, what am I aiming for?

  • Reply DJSV Kumara May 21, 2019 at 10:14 am

    great man!

  • Reply MANKOF BIKO BIEN May 22, 2019 at 6:43 am

    courage bro je kiffe

  • Reply za gamer May 22, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    where is a picture

  • Reply SoCal Surfer 88 May 23, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    Pretty sick tutorial really needed that light part at the end.

  • Reply Word One May 23, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    Alt + Ctrl + Shift + E only changes the layer to difference from overlay on my mac

  • Reply Painting in my mind May 23, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    Awsome work

  • Reply banz2021 May 26, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    Amazing! Thanks and congrats!

  • Reply Infinity Gaming May 28, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    That's a bit of a process, but with great payout. Thank's man!

  • Reply Asfak Rahman May 28, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    sir app link plz?

  • Reply Mahmoud Hassan May 29, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    what a result!! wow

  • Reply muzammil hussain May 30, 2019 at 7:56 am

    A lot of thanx!!!!!!!

  • Reply Tilak Rana June 1, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    awesome work ! big fan of your work

  • Reply Zil June 4, 2019 at 3:56 am

    Really amazing I love it

  • Reply safiq zaman June 4, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    Excellent! work forever

  • Reply guyharveymagazine June 4, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Alt + Command + Shift + E on macs for the tone layer

  • Reply SwanDee June 6, 2019 at 7:56 am

    Hi Sir…thanks for the Tutorial. Would you pls share the tutorial how to make the digital watercolor, thanks in advance!

  • Reply Vishal Motive June 8, 2019 at 7:56 am

    Thanks sir love you

  • Reply Earthel June 8, 2019 at 8:22 am

    that robot voice is horrible

  • Reply Nico June 13, 2019 at 5:06 am


  • Reply Usama Khalid Ashraf June 15, 2019 at 8:07 am

    It's awesome tutorial…

  • Reply Moon Star Photography June 16, 2019 at 2:12 am

    Ur such nice guidance

  • Reply Phanes Erichthoneus June 19, 2019 at 7:36 am

    Thank you; that was very useful! This method actually works nicely if you just want to take a masked photo of a person and put them into existing artwork. Using the method you've laid out here causes both the artwork and the photographed subject come together like they were all painted together. This is fantastic! 😀

  • Reply Greg S June 19, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    If you wanted to be really helpful, you could have saved the actions and then we could just download the .ATN file, drop in our own photo and apply the steps automatically.

  • Reply James N. June 20, 2019 at 2:59 am

    This was a great video.

  • Reply Alexander Chumilin June 21, 2019 at 6:45 am

    Збс. Спс

  • Reply Koukiks June 21, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    hi great video, this is real oil filter is often complicated for computers and have some "bugs". your technics is simple with great result but a little bit long . a will try with a script tonight

  • Reply Tony James June 22, 2019 at 10:54 am

    its nice idea to create a oil painting thank you very useful video

  • Reply Fred Boy June 23, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    Great can you have skinning tutorial on templates for gaming texture in 1024×1024 pixel?

  • Reply Magnolia Donald June 23, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    robot voice is killing me

  • Reply Bob Ross June 24, 2019 at 8:55 am

    That's dope.

  • Reply Rino Puji July 1, 2019 at 1:21 am

    Subcribe and like.Thank you for the tutorial.

  • Reply Arjun Drifter July 1, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    Nice video ✌

  • Reply Susan Wilson July 1, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    My oil filter does not work, so I shall be trying this way. Thanks

  • Reply Shoksta July 8, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    Where's the photo?

  • Reply Luiz_mubarak July 8, 2019 at 11:12 pm

    muito bom, fiz mais obrigado pelo video

  • Reply John Balboa July 9, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    That's freakin' dope I've been using Photoshop since CS3 and I never practiced this oil painting sequence this way. I might just turn this into a custom action. Thank you so much!

  • Reply NILESH reshm July 13, 2019 at 7:42 am

    awesome : thanks for your great efforts

  • Reply jitu shahed July 14, 2019 at 11:03 am

    its Nice

  • Reply sajeef bambastan July 15, 2019 at 9:49 am

    Idont get the merge layer how to get that any shotkey??

  • Reply H K July 15, 2019 at 12:18 pm


  • Reply Popcorn July 15, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    can someone explain this to me: his image was a painting before and a slightly edited painting after. nothing changed. what is everyone in the comments going on about?

  • Reply Wallisson TC July 16, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    Great Tutorial!! Simply and objective! 👍👏👍

  • Reply g&f Multmedia July 17, 2019 at 1:46 am

    thanks for the tutorials

  • Reply Shamsudeen Badmus July 18, 2019 at 10:15 am

    What version of photoshop is this? the overall UI text appeared to be bigger

  • Reply Abdul Haq July 22, 2019 at 6:10 am

    Love You Sir You Are Great Video Tutorial 😀

  • Reply dex zein July 22, 2019 at 6:32 am

    Excellent tutorial

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  • Reply Jev 5 July 23, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Great work

  • Reply Lou July 25, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    Awesome tutorial! Thanks 🙂

  • Reply MR DELORIAN July 26, 2019 at 3:41 am

    An outstanding video. I tried this on an image of myself. I had some trouble but turned out great. Yet again, amazing video.

  • Reply ScamVey July 30, 2019 at 4:41 am

    Thank you!

  • Reply Mohamed Magdi July 31, 2019 at 11:12 pm

    Absolutely perfect Tutorial. Well earned Subscribe from me♥

  • Reply yaa advertising August 2, 2019 at 4:17 am

    superb….thank you…

  • Reply Creative Punk August 4, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    Upload photoshop actions

  • Reply Roshan Arts August 5, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    i have seen lots of tutorial but this one its really helpful for me Thank you so much for for making

  • Reply eda ramirez August 13, 2019 at 9:07 am

    wow…tnx for this..

  • Reply knowledge about everything August 14, 2019 at 5:51 am


  • Reply allabout Eve August 15, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    Really love this
    Will be trying this tomorrow

  • Reply Wildanah Usman August 16, 2019 at 11:29 am

    Thanks for this tutorial sir👍👍👍

  • Reply Avinash Vanjare August 16, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    Amazing sir ur great

  • Reply Giorgio Lucatelli August 17, 2019 at 1:22 am

    Grazie 🙏

  • Reply Uchiha Avenger August 18, 2019 at 6:41 am

    I am officially your fan.

  • Reply galih putra August 18, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    thanks 👏👏👏

  • Reply krishnavas gudur August 22, 2019 at 6:11 am

    Sir super video this was very useful 👌👌

  • Reply Mahesh Yeligeti August 23, 2019 at 9:34 am

    I loved this tuto

  • Reply Rishi Srivastava August 23, 2019 at 11:43 am

    one question, the image should be in cmyk or rgb? please reply.. my graphics card is only of 2 gb and i am not able to do oil paint please tell me the solution..

  • Reply WhiplasheR August 26, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    Amazing tutorial, thank you

  • Reply Erwin de Lara August 29, 2019 at 10:08 am

    Thank you for the idea.

  • Reply sdumo59 August 29, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    finally, a video that does oil painting manually

  • Reply A Riven Main August 31, 2019 at 9:26 am

    Awesome! Thank you!

  • Reply Jan G August 31, 2019 at 9:49 am

    oh Great Sir! Subscribed and Also activate your notificatiobns

  • Reply Umang Sachan August 31, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    thanks a lot brother ……… this video helped a lot for my assignment

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