Use the Oil Paint filter

The Oil Paint filter lets you transform a photo into an image with the visual appearance of a classic oil painting. With a few simple sliders, you can adjust the amount of stylization, brush scale, cleanliness, and other parameters.

Photoshop Make photo look like an oil painting
Transform a photograph (above) into a classic oil painting (below)

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A closer look at the painting

Work with the Oil Paint filter

Select Filter > Stylize > Oil Paint to use the filter. You can adjust the following settings for the filter:

Brush sliders


Adjusts the style of the strokes, ranging from a daubed look at 0 to smooth strokes at 10


Adjusts the length of the strokes, ranging from shortest & choppiest at 0 to longest & fluid at 10


Adjusts the relief or apparent thickness of the paint, moving from a thin coat at 0 to a thick coat, giving luscious Vincent van Gogh-style paint globs, at 10

Bristle Detail

Adjusts how much of the paintbrush-hair indentation is apparent, moving from soft at 0 to leaving strong grooves at 10

Lighting sliders


Adjusts the incidence angle of the light (not the brushstroke). This setting is important if you are incorporating the oil painting into another scene.


Adjusts the brightness of the light source and the amount of bounce off the paint’s surface.

  • If the Oil Paint filter is disabled, check if your computer supports OpenCL v1.1 or higher. For more information, see the GPU FAQ.
  • On computers with AMD graphics processors running Mac OS X 10.11 and later, you can leverage Apple’s Metal graphics acceleration framework for use with the Oil Paint filter. Follow these steps:
    1. Select Preferences > Performance.
    2. Ensure that Use Graphics Processor is selected.
    3. Open the Advanced Graphics Processor Settings dialog.
    4. Select Use Native Operating System GPU Acceleration.


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