Photoshop CS6 has a new built in Oil Paint filter that nature photographers can use to add a painterly feel to their images. The filter is easy to use and gives a lot of flexibility in customizing your painting. In this blog, I’ll show you how to use the filter and show you a photo that I’ve painted using the filter.
- Convert the layer into a smart object by right clicking on the layer and selecting “Convert to Smart Object”. This will allow you to change blend modes and opacity after the filter has been applied.
- Next select “Oil Paint…” from the Filters Menu.
- Stylization – Moving the stylization slider to the left will give smaller, more detailed brush strokes while moving it to the right will give less, longer brush strokes.
- Cleanliness – The cleanliness slider controls a detailed vs. a smooth look. Move the slider to the right for a smoother look.
- Scale – The scale slider controls the width of the brush strokes and allows you to control how much the brush patterns stand out. Zoom out and move the slider back and forth to see the overall impact on the image.
- Bristle Detail – controls the depth of the brush strokes. It is a fairly subtle slider. Zoom in to see the effect.
- Angular Direction - Controls the direction of the light and brush strokes. It basically changes the pattern.
- Shine is a powerful slider. Moving the slider to the right significantly intensifies the pattern. Use this slider to control how much of a painted look you want to apply to the photo.