Photo into Oil Painting

In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to turn a photo into oil painting in Photoshop. If you will be using a different photo, you may have to make some slight adjustments to the settings used for the effect. If everything goes right, this is what you will end up with:

Photo into Oil Painting

To turn a photo into oil painting, you’ll need:

Step 1

Create a new 1000 x 1500px document with a white background and place the picture of the man on top of the background layer. Then, go to Filter > Brush Strokes > Accented Edges and use the settings shown below.

Photo into Oil Painting Accented Edges

Step 2

Duplicate the photo, change the layer’s blending mode to Soft Light, delete the Accented Edges filter, go to Filter > Stylize > Glowing Edges and use the settings shown below.

Photo into Oil Painting Glowing Edges

Then, go to Filter > Artistic > Cutout and use the settings shown below.

Photo into Oil Painting Cutout

Go to Filter > Noise > Median and use the value shown below.

Photo into Oil Painting Median

Step 3

Duplicate the photo again and delete all the filters except for Glowing Edges. Then, change the layer’s blending mode to Screen and lower the Fill value to 58%.

Photo into Oil Painting Screen

Step 4

Duplicate the photo again, go to Filter > Brush Strokes > Ink Outlines and use the settings shown below.

Photo into Oil Painting Ink Outlines

Now, go to Filter > Noise > Median and use the value shown below.

Photo into Oil Painting Median Duplicate

Step 5

Create a new layer and fill it with black. Then, change its blending mode to Color and lower its Fill value to 30%. This layer will basically act like an adjustment layer.

Photo into Oil Painting Black Layer

Step 6

Group all of the layers you have created so far, name it “Base” and merge it. Now, go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation and bring the Saturation down to -15. Duplicate the merged layer and bring its Saturation down to -100. Then, go to Image > Adjustments > Levels and play around with it until you achieve the effect similar to the picture shown below (you may have to repeat it a few times). Finally, change the layer’s blending mode to Color Dodge and lower the Fill value to 13%.

Oil Painting Effect Base

Step 7

Duplicate the Base layer, place it above all the other layers and repeat the previous step (desaturation and levels). However, this time give the picture a more natural look by avoiding excessive highlights. Change this layer’s blending mode to Soft Light and lower the Fill value to 40%.

Oil Painting Effect Base Duplicate

Step 8

Create a new layer and fill it with black. Then, change its blending mode to Color and lower its Opacity to 50%.

Next, create a new layer, fill it with #131312 and change this layer’s blending mode to Lighten.

Oil Painting Effect Lighten

Step 9

Duplicate the Base layer, place it on top of all the other layers, go to Filter > Brush Strokes > Angled Strokes and use the settings shown below.

Oil Painting Effect Angled Strokes

Lower its Opacity or Fill value to 61%. Then, create a layer mask and paint it black to hide everything. Using a large soft round brush in white color, paint over the areas shown on the image below. If there are any harsh spots, use a soft round brush with 15-20% Strength and blur them.

Oil Painting Effect Layer Mask

Step 10

Duplicate the Base layer, place it on top of all the other layers, go to Filter > Stylize > Glowing Edges and use the settings shown below.

Oil Painting Effect Glowing Edges Base

Bring its saturation down to -100, change its blending mode to Color Dodge and lower its Opacity to 25%.

Step 11

Duplicate all the layers in your layers palette (except for the background layer) and merge the copies together. Select the new merged layer, go to Filter > Artistic > Plastic Wrap and use the settings shown below.

Oil Painting Effect Plastic Wrap

Bring its Saturation down to -100, press Cmd/Ctrl + L to open the Levels panel and use the settings shown below.

Oil Painting Effect Levels

Change its blending mode to Multiply and lower its Opacity to 28%. Finally, create another layer, fill it with #111111, change its blending mode to Color and set its Opacity at 17%.

Step 12

This step is optional. Create a new layer, fill it with any color and lower its Fill value to 0%. Double-click on this layer to apply the layer style shown below.

Oil Painting Effect Stroke

And we’re done! This is how you can turn a photo into oil painting!

Photo into Oil Painting

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