Turning Photos into Oil Paintings

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One interesting tutorial is how to turn photos into oil painting and that is what you will learn using Photoshop.

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Turning Photos into Oil Paintings

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Step 1

Open photo on Photoshop. First thing which you need to do is to unlock the background layer. To do this, double click on the “Background” layer and name it “Horse”.

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Step 2

We now need to increase canvas size. To do this go to Image > Canvas Size with similar settings to these:

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Load selection of this frame with Select > Load Selection. Now we got something like you can see on the picture below.

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Step 3

After that use Select > Modify > Smooth to made photo corners round about 10 pixels. Invert selection with Ctrl+Shift+I and press Delete button to clear selected area. Now inverse selection back, then create a new layer, name it “Background” and place it below “Horse” layer. Fill selected area of new layer with color #b7aca1. Remove selection with Select > Deselect (Ctrl+D) and move layer a little bit down and right.

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Step 4

Use the Polygonal Lasso Tool on “Background” layer to connect bottom left and top right olf photo with backgound. Fill selection with color of #cdaf89. Press Ctrl+D to remove selection.

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Step 5

Go to Layer > Layer Styler and apply the Inner Shadow style for this layer.

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The result should be something similar to this:

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Step 6

Go back to the “Horse” layer and continue with it. Duplicate this layer with Layer > Duplicate Layer, after that apply Filter > Blur > Smart Blur with similar settings to these:

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Step 7

Now use Image > Adjustments > Invert to invert colors on the photo and you will have something similar to image below.

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Step 8

After that we have to create vector mask for this layer. Use Select > Load Selection to select current layer content and apply Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal Selection to create mask.

Select the Eraser Tool and load Natural Brushes Palette (this is one of standard Photoshop brush palettes). Choose brush from Natural Brushes Palette and set brush size to 175px and change opacity to 27%. Press D to set up foreground and background colors black and white, then apply the Eraser Tool to layer.

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Step 9

In case you want to enhance the effect, just apply again the Eraser Tool with the same presets.

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Step 10

Looks good now, but it seems that something is missing, so I would like to create a texture of an oil canvas. Go to layer “Horse” and apply Filter > Texture > Texturizer for this layer.

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Step 11

Merge all the layers in one by using Shift+Ctrl+E. Now we have to put our oil painting on easel. Open up the picture of easel and duplicate oil painting to the canvas with easel. With oil painting layer selected, go to Edit > Transform > Scale and resize image.

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Step 12

Now it´s time to add perspective to the canvas with horse. Put our picture to the perspective similar to easel perspective. Use Edit > Free Transform and hold Ctrl button to put into the perspective like on the picture below:

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Step 13

After that go to oil painting layer and put it inside of easel area. In the beginning set up layer opacity about 50%, then use the Polygonal Lasso Tool to select those parts of the easel, which should be visible above the painting.

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Step 14

Invert selection by using Ctrl+Shift+I and apply Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal Selection to add the mask again. Change opacity to 100% again for this layer.

Final Image

Turning Photos into Oil Paintings

This tutorial is now complete. Now you know how to turn photos into oil painting in a few steps.

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  • smarty

    Nice tutorial, trying it out now on some pictures :)

  • http://- abdul

    wow..
    Nice

  • Akanxha

    good tutorial!! Thnx!

  • ogs

    good, thanks

  • http://tiny.cc/mialazar Mia Lazar

    Now I can print photos on the canvas, cool.

  • floryela

    thanks. nice and easy !

  • ffloyd57

    great work man,you rock all the way.

  • http://iapdesign.com iapdesign

    great tutorial. very inspiring. Thank you.

  • http://www.childmonster.com/ Childmonster

    Nice tut. I like what you do for the image

  • jagadamba

    very good, nice and thank you very much.

  • http://pictureframes.net46.net Isparela

    I have tried this tutorial for my family’s photo and it worked. Thanks for detail and clear tutorial.

  • sahan

    excellent. thank u sooo much.

  • ravinder

    wowwwwwwwwwwww
    thanks

  • JackD

    Great tut…i tried different pics yet and the outcome is great!

  • http://smosh.com WWMFD

    This looked awsome, i didnt use the horse i used the sexy morgan freeman dressed as god.

  • http://www.mediafire.com/i/?4f37q342vtssjbd Ganesh

    Nice Tutorial ….Thanx

    Check my Photo …

    http://www.mediafire.com/i/?4f37q342vtssjbd

  • HemantH

    I Like This Tutorial, It is in very simple methods any one can learn this Thank U So Much

  • http://eshgh111.blogfa.com eddi

    very very
    Nice

  • http://www.17ps8.com white

    good effect

  • http://www.guvenvidanjor.com vidanjör

    very nice effect thank you

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    wowwwww very nice tutorial

  • Irwan

    woooowww…fantastic

  • http://darshan DARSHAN

    wow nice …………………. n tell me how to use clone stamp tool pls

  • marks

    wooooooooow fantastic very nice tutorial

  • Sumanta

    Very nice work indeed.I was searching for this work for a long time

  • Nischal Sharma

    it’s a great tutorial……try it..

  • sang jun oh

    good tutorial
    thank you

  • http://2experts.net 2experts

    fantastic very nice tutorial… thanks!

  • suzie

    Thank you! A lovely outcome – clearly and concisely explained. Can’t wait for your next one and I’m now following on Twitter.
    Thank you again – keep up the good work!

  • http://www.kreatywny-projekt.com.pl Kreatywny projekt

    Very creative tutorial. I really like the idea of using a foto as oil painting.

  • alberto

    great..simple and very well explained!!!

  • James

    very well explained and easy to do

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    OMG..I tried it and now I cannot belive that it is me who has made this. Thanks for the step by step guide.

  • borno

    Very nice!

  • http://psd.tu-torial.com/ John

    Thanks for taking the time to explain this. I thought that was awesome. The painting looks pretty nice and the overall setting with the easel is well put together. Nice stuff.

    Just to add, I think the bottom edge of the canvas looks a bit odd though. The angling doesn’t really match with the easel. I think it might look more natural if the bottom edge is either removed (and just show the side) or if it’s angled to match the bottom edge of the easel.

    It’s still fantastic nonetheless! Hope this helps! :)

  • khaled

    it`s wonderful , but plz i don`t understand how i can do “Fill selected area of new layer with color #b7aca1″ plz tell me how u do this , cus i try alot of time and fall :(

  • Chaitanya

    Excellent tutorial. good job.

  • Mostafa

    Wow amazing tutorial :) great result :)

  • james

    Wow! soooo cool!!!!!!

  • vanessa

    I Love this tutorial it was awesome! :p

  • kunal

    i love this tutorial

  • leeya

    i need help on step 3

  • Gracie

    Nice… I hope I can make one just like it… sure going to try….

  • Suparno

    I just Downloaded this nicely explained Tutorial. Thanx Hope I will be able to do….

  • jamie

    Do you print these? And out of curiousity, do you think there’s a way to apply some sort of clear oil base to make it look and feel more like an actual oil painting?