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Photoshop Tutorial: Transform Photos into Beautiful, Impressionist Paintings

August 6, 2019

Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
I’m going to show you how to quickly transform your landscape photographs into the look of impressionist paintings.
You can also apply it to your other photographs, as well For the color palette, we’ll use the
impressionist painting, “Sunset in Venice” by Claude Monet.
You can download it from the link I provided located in the video description or
project files. Open a photo you’d like to use.
We need to resize it for the best results. Go to “Image” and “Image Size”. Make the Resolution: 150 pixels per inch and the Height: 720 pixels. Since the Height and Width are linked,
the Width will change to another amount. To fit it onto your screen, press Ctrl + 0 on a PC or Cmd + 0 on a Mac. Make two copies of your image by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + J twice. Go to Image, Adjustments and Match Color.
Make the Luminance and Color Intensity: 100 and the Fade: 0. Open Source and choose “Monet”. Then click OK. Next, we’ll add an impressionist style texture. Go to Filter, Pixelate and Pointillize. Make the Cell Size 3. Reduce its Opacity to 50% and click off the eyeball to hide the layer. Click on the thumbnail of the middle
layer to make it active and go to Filter and Oil Paint. If you have CS5,
you can go to the Adobe site and download “Pixel Bender”,
which is similar to the Oil Paint filter or you can go to Filter, Artistic and experiment with those filters. The
results won’t be exactly the same as the Oil Paint filter, but some of them will still give you an
impressionist look. Once the Oil Paint filter opens,
make the Stylization: 10… the Cleanliness: 2… slide the Scale all the way to the left
and the Bristle Detail all the way to the right.
The Angular Direction is irrelevant since the Shine is zero. As before, go to Image, Adjustments and Match Color. Make the Source image “Monet”
and click OK. Invoke “Auto-Tone” by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + Shift + L and then “Auto-Levels” by pressing Ctrl + Alt + L on a PC or Cmd + Opt + L on a Mac.
Then, click OK. To see the final result, make your top layer visible.
If you feel a color is too vibrant, use your Sponge Tool
to desaturate the color. To increase or decrease the brush size, press you’re right or left arrow keys
on your keyboard. Make sure the Flow is 100%. Let’s say you want to desaturate
the red colors in this area. Just brush over those areas. When I toggle back-and-forth, you can see the difference you can see the difference. Have fun
transforming your outdoor photos into the look of beautiful, impressionist
paintings. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
Thanks for watching!


  • Reply gta3boy October 30, 2013 at 3:28 am

    i dont know man i just like the way you make tutorials like this XD

  • Reply mohammed jafar October 30, 2013 at 7:29 am

    thank you v much ,,,,, u r the best thx

  • Reply aym313 October 30, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Hi Marty, me too, i am in RGB mode, but don't have the monet match colour option, any ideas?
    Thank you for the tutorial..

  • Reply KAT October 30, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Okay this is amazing !

  • Reply Stamatis Skoutelis October 30, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Hi Marty, same and for me, don't have the monet match color option !!!

  • Reply Tirak Blackpoolder October 30, 2013 at 11:14 am

    thank you

  • Reply Blue Lightning TV Photoshop October 30, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    If it's greyed out, go to Image > Mode > RGB…8bits/Channel. Make sure the mode is RGB.

  • Reply GTAsaGuide Ita October 30, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Why I don't have the sponge tool?

  • Reply Mundo A - Diverso October 30, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Hi Marty, how do I install this pixel bender?
    Thank you.

  • Reply John Parker October 30, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Awesome shit))))))

  • Reply Mundo A - Diverso October 30, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Hi Marty, bender installed but when I go to source not appear monet jpj
    Thank you.

  • Reply Mayet Villarampa October 31, 2013 at 1:55 am

    hello marty can you help me how to make photoshop ?

  • Reply Mayet Villarampa October 31, 2013 at 1:57 am

    i need to learn this mr marty i am a filipina woman ..i need your help ..could you taech me ..anykind …

    thank you.

  • Reply Blue Lightning TV Photoshop October 31, 2013 at 3:16 am

    Mayet… I thought I WAS helping you learn PS with my tutorials. I receive numerous requests every week from subscribers asking me to personally help them with PS, however, I barely have enough time just to answer the emails receive. I trust you understand. To learn the basics of Photoshop, go to my website: bluelightningtv(dot)com and click on "BLTV News". There's a clickable link for a 30-day, free trial to Skillfeed. Skillfeed has tutorials that will teach you the basics, step-by-step.

  • Reply Mario Villalta October 31, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Your teaching is the best around. Thank you very much for your dedication

  • Reply Luciano October 31, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Simplesmente Fantástico. Obrigado Marty..

  • Reply Игорь Петров November 1, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    очень наглядно 😉 классное видео!!!

  • Reply Anunel V November 1, 2013 at 1:54 pm


  • Reply Daniel Ashford November 2, 2013 at 1:58 am

    This may help some you…I am using CS 5.5 and in order for the Monet.jpg image to show up as a color match source, I have to have the Monet.jpg image opened in another tab. If anyone knows what settings to use in Pixel Bender to replicate the oil paint filter, please let us know. Thanks Marty for the tutorial.

  • Reply Daniel Ashford November 2, 2013 at 1:59 am

    This may help you…I am using CS 5.5 and in order for the Monet.jpg image to show up as a color match source, I have to have the Monet.jpg image opened in another tab/document first in Photoshop.

  • Reply Daniel Ashford November 2, 2013 at 2:00 am

    This may help you…I am using CS 5.5 and in order for the Monet.jpg image to show up as a color match source, I have to have the Monet.jpg image opened in another tab/document first in Photoshop.

  • Reply tek limbu November 2, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Great! Awesome! I love that. But could you do and post tutorial about how to download Adobe extract plug-in in cs6 extended, PLEASE!

  • Reply tek limbu November 2, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    actually I want all plug-ins for Adobe cs6.I tried many times to find them but I couldn't get them.So please any way to find them. .

  • Reply Mundo A - Diverso November 2, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Thank you Marty, it worked great was the result.

  • Reply Blue Lightning TV Photoshop November 2, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Спасибо! Кстати, мой недавний учебники имеют правильные заголовки для перевода! Если руководства есть "CC" значок рядом с ним, значит, она может быть переведена правильно в большинстве языков. Просто нажмите на кнопку "CC" значок в нижней части видео, а затем нажмите «русский» для его перевода! Пожалуйста, скажите всем, кто хочет выучить или улучшить в Photoshop, чтобы подписаться на синий ТВ молния!

  • Reply Blue Lightning TV Photoshop November 2, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    According to Adobe, Extract is not supported in CS6, nor CC.

  • Reply Игорь Петров November 2, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    oh, You're right-I have not seen before this function, it will be extremely useful.
    But I did not need subtitles – I did everything.
    And get a totally beautiful picture, based on the Monet! You are great.

  • Reply Игорь Петров November 2, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    oh, You're right-I have not seen before this function, it will be extremely useful.
    But I did not need subtitles – I did everything.
    And get a totally beautiful picture, based on the Monet! You are great.

  • Reply Elizabeth O'Sullivan November 3, 2013 at 1:20 am

    Thank you Marty. Is there a way to do this or something similar in Elements 11? Thanks

  • Reply Blue Lightning TV Photoshop November 3, 2013 at 1:57 am

    Elizabeth…Sorry, I don't know Elements.

  • Reply Elizabeth O'Sullivan November 3, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Thank you so much for getting back to me. Your tutorials are wonderful and I generally can use them to help me in Elements but this one has stumped me. I am just a casual user and cannot justify the sticker price of CS6.

  • Reply Auf Neuen Freunde November 4, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    thank you Marty.
    I hope you to make a tutorial about how to Transform human face, to Cartoon!

  • Reply jrl1919 November 5, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Thanks Marty. One of the nicest parts of your tutorials is seeing that you take the
    time to respond to viewers who are having issues. You are a creative and gifted teacher
    ( and multilingual!?) and we viewers are learning from those responses as well as the video. Applause, applause!

  • Reply ltlocus November 6, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Suerat or signac look

  • Reply Никола Петковић November 7, 2013 at 10:18 pm

     I hope you to make a tutorial about how to Transform human face, to Cartoon
    Thank you. Marty.

  • Reply Burkhard Kniepper November 15, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Hola. Como puedo configurar cs6 para que la ventana de "Tamaño Imagen" se me abre como a ti con la foto al lado?

  • Reply Lamar Gul November 17, 2013 at 2:58 am

    Thanks for tutorial ,I can't find Monet option in my source ,I am running cs6 on mac??

  • Reply Nttdan November 19, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Thank you so much!

  • Reply Justin Case December 15, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Without doubt the best instruction for PS I've yet seen.  A really big thank you for making a mystery into a reality.

  • Reply teinte411 December 16, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    You're very well spoken.  Great tutorials for a photoshop artist trying to learn new techniques.  Thanks!

  • Reply Jadara M. December 30, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Felicidades Marty, excelente video-tutorial, Tks for sharing with all of us!! 😉

  • Reply Doug Zieman January 2, 2014 at 2:45 am

    I downloaded pixel bender and installed it but it doesn't show up in my filter menu. It said the destination was CS5 but I can't find it? 

  • Reply MsTris Beats January 4, 2014 at 4:31 am

    This was extremely helpful and straight to it a big thank you!!

  • Reply NewHa ckerz January 27, 2014 at 9:22 am

    i really like ur sound its so smooth and calm 🙂

  • Reply Ashley McKnight February 15, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Thank you so much for these tutorials! I'm the dumbest person when it comes to using photoshop, and these tutorials are SO CLEAR and I love how it takes you step by step through the process. 

  • Reply AOMSIN SB March 6, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Why I am no monet

  • Reply Lamont Baker March 14, 2014 at 6:34 am

    For some reason my option for "Pixelate" is greyed out, so I cannot access anything under it? I have tried EVERYTHING to do with image size, single layers etc… I don't know what it could be? This is CS6, thanks.

  • Reply Mercedes blanco March 26, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    muchas gracias

  • Reply ya ab April 3, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    absolutely amazing THANK YOU i love all ur vids

  • Reply HobbitDD April 9, 2014 at 9:41 pm


  • Reply Mark Miller April 20, 2014 at 3:50 am

    I'm using Elements 12. Unable to find the Image>Adjustments>Match Color Dialog box. I tried Photomerge and that didn't seem to work…

  • Reply theachluophobia2014 April 22, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    This is really a good tecnique!!! Thanks Marty. 🙂

  • Reply ankloso May 5, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Hello!!! Is the direct link Pixel Bender filter download on the Adobe site ,of the zip file in the video description FREE ??Or not?
    Thank You  very very much.

  • Reply Raffael Regis May 21, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    720 pixels? what if i need to print a wall?

  • Reply espaikdx June 13, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Dude this is amazing, is there anyway this could be applied to VIDEO???

  • Reply Tom Underwood June 29, 2014 at 11:34 am

    They removed oil paint in CC 2014.

  • Reply Goli Golessorkhi Kalb June 29, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Thank you so much, I keep learning all the time from your videos.

  • Reply Ann Still August 22, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    I have oil paint in CC

  • Reply Musicante d'Amore September 12, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Hi, thanks. How I can load Monet in Match Color? Thank you.

  • Reply emjhemx October 23, 2014 at 1:17 am

    I was wondering what other Monet-like images could you recommend and what are the specific requirements for image sources?

  • Reply zercaro December 22, 2014 at 1:57 am

    why you have to reduce the images

  • Reply Orchid Scent March 30, 2015 at 10:04 am

    and I spent hours on my oil painting to create something like this…*sigh

  • Reply Sylvia Bailey June 20, 2015 at 3:44 am

    I have photoshop cc and color match I don't have the source Monet. Where do I get that?

  • Reply Carl Soria August 16, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    what photoshop version you use?

  • Reply Lisa Agee October 24, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    I am trying to do this and it is running so slow…took over an hour to download my pic to the right size and now I am waiting again…any suggestions…I have a new laptop and photoshop cs6 and it works fine any other time

  • Reply Duong.H .Nguyen October 30, 2015 at 4:57 am

    very brief and clear! thank you very much!

  • Reply Jake Pitner December 2, 2015 at 2:06 am

    Marty, in honor of Star Wars 7 coming on the 18th, you should make a video on how to do the Star Wars poster effect !

  • Reply Gui Dore January 19, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Excellent tutorial. Marty does a great job. Straight to the point, yet detailed & clear steps. Right pace, not too slow, not too fast. Great material

  • Reply Gui Dore January 19, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    I use CC 2014 and it seems Oil Paint is not supported(?). I went ahead & installed Pixel Bender from the link provided for Windows but Pixel Bender does not show is PS. Can someone help?

  • Reply Esther Satori January 30, 2016 at 8:06 am

    Why the low resolution & image size wouldn't you want the dpi to be higher if you were going 2 make prints?

  • Reply Magdalena February 3, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    como puedo añadir el origen monet a mi ps cc? gracias!

  • Reply J. Jansen March 6, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Nice short and to the point tutorial

  • Reply Bill Cooligan March 6, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    Where is the link to Monet?

  • Reply Daniel Donda April 6, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Amazing. Thank you very much.

  • Reply jorge August 15, 2016 at 1:23 am

    How i get Pixel Bender? Your link is offline. Thanks

  • Reply Lirianus August 24, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    I cant use "Oil Paining". It says "Graphics…" I dont know what, I already closed it.
    Does it have anything to do with my graphic card?

  • Reply Lobna Shahin August 30, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    Thanks a million marty

  • Reply Ricardo Paula October 29, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    Thanks for teaching us a beautifully effect. But it looks like more Pointillist them Impressionist. Thanks again

  • Reply RolandMcGruner November 7, 2016 at 8:32 am

    I'd very much like to know if you think there's any way of replicating this result for video? just matching the colour pallet of Monet paintings specifically.

  • Reply Steven Brener December 24, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    This is really interesting, thanks. When I open the Monet file, it asks what working space I want to use. Which one do you think works best?

  • Reply Xpertgamingtech April 6, 2017 at 3:58 am

    Thank you so much for this awesome tutorial!

  • Reply Emncena Filmes June 5, 2017 at 3:50 am

    I'm a big fan of your work. One of the best!!

  • Reply DronStudios June 27, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Oil Paint is grey for me. I don't understand why. I am using CC and I followed all your instructions but it won't allow me to use the oil paint option. Please help.

  • Reply muse madness June 29, 2017 at 6:30 am

    how to install pixel bender in cs 5 manually???

  • Reply Jennifer Hunt July 13, 2017 at 3:12 am

    And… I still love this.

  • Reply Javier Cortijo October 5, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Muy bueno…muchas gracias.

  • Reply Andrew Packham October 21, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    didn't really work on a portrait, but was an incredibly straightforward tutorial, thanks!

  • Reply Silvana Schevitz October 25, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    How I download the Monet picture??

  • Reply Jón Steinar November 21, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Oil paint is now under Stylize.

  • Reply Ryan Duncan December 14, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    Thanks for the easy to follow and fun tutorial. Already started creating a nice Xmas gift for my Mother-in_law.

  • Reply vivian chan January 15, 2018 at 7:13 am

    Hi, why I could not see "claude monet"?

  • Reply Z.K M May 27, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    thanks ပါ

  • Reply Sandip June 6, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    you are legend man i love u

  • Reply kinho027 June 25, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    Best tutorial

  • Reply Abha July 10, 2018 at 7:54 am

    Thank you, this is the first tutorial that comes with perfect narration, so helpful and so easy on the ear. Wish you do more…

  • Reply วาสนา อินทร์รจนา October 1, 2018 at 11:09 am

    Thank so much!

  • Reply PikaChuung February 10, 2019 at 7:39 am

    Arigathanks Gozaimuch!!!

  • Reply TEXASTWANGTONYA March 13, 2019 at 4:54 am

    OH OK This Is Older This Is In The Filter Gallery

  • Reply Joko Modus April 23, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    Nice, top work, and really fast. If u have like me the free CS2 version, u can take for oil paint gimp with gmic.

  • Reply Jack Fack May 23, 2019 at 5:56 am

    This was really really nicely done. The instructions were so clear and the final result was beautiful ☺️

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