Painted Photo Effect

In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to create a painted photo effect on the edges which will make the picture appear as if it was painted on a canvas. Here’s the effect we’ll be creating:

 Painted Photo Effect

To create a painted photo effect on the edges, you’ll need:

  • Photoshop CS6 (Any recent version of Photoshop should work too)

Step 1

Open your image in Photoshop. I’ll be using this picture.

 Painted Photo Effect Original

Click on the New Fill or Adjustment Layer option.

Painted Photo Effect New Fill Adjustment Layer

Select Solid Color from the list that appears and choose the color white.

 Painted Photo Effect Solid Color

 Painted Photo Effect Solid Color Result

Step 2

Now, click on the Color Fill layer’s mask thumbnail.

 Painted Photo Effect Mask

Select the Brush Tool and click on the Brush Presets option in the Options Bar on the top.

 Painted Photo Effect Brush Presets

The Brush Preset Picker will open. Click on the small menu icon on the top-right.

 Painted Photo Effect Brush Preset Picker

Select Thick Heavy Brushes from the menu that opens and click on Append.

 Painted Photo Effect Append

Now, click on the small menu icon again.

 Painted Photo Effect Menu Icon

Choose Large List from the menu that appears. Next, select the Flat Bristle 111px brush.

 Painted Photo Effect Flat Bristle

Set black as the foreground color and begin painting left to right on the main parts of the image, leaving lots of space around the edges for the canvas.

 Brush Tool

 Brush Tool Result

Step 3

We’ll now enhance the painted photo effect with another brush. Control-click (Macs) / right-click (Windows) on the image and select the Rough Flat Bristle 111px brush.

 Rough Flat Bristle

Now, paint around the edges of the visible image with extremely short strokes so as not to overdo the effect.

 Paint Edges

Step 4

We’ll now add the canvas for our image. Click on the New Layer option.

 New Layer

 New Layer Result

Fill it with white by going to Edit > Fill and using the settings shown below.


Step 5

Select Filter > Filter Gallery, choose Texturizer from the Texture folder and use the settings shown below.


 Texturizer Result

Change this layer’s blending mode to Multiply and lower its opacity to about 30%.



And we’re done! The painted photo effect is now complete!

 Painted Photo Effect


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