CreativePro Tip of the Week: Using the Oil Paint Filter in Photoshop

This CreativePro Tip of the Week on using the Oil Paint filter in Photoshop was sent to CreativeProse email subscribers on June 28, 2017.

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It’s true that there are several Photoshop filters that you’ll probably never use. But don’t just write off the whole bunch. One filter that’s worth playing around with is Oil Paint (Filter > Stylize > Oil Paint). It was introduced in CS6 and then completely revamped in CC 2015. So if you haven’t tried it lately, give it a shot.

oil paint dialog box photoshop

oil paint filter photoshop

I could attempt to describe the functions of each of the sliders, but there’s really no point. You’re always going to be eyeballing it with this filter, so just drag each slider to the left and right to get a sense of what it does. When you see something you like, move on to the next slider. And have fun!

If you want the change to be non-destructive (i.e. to be able to turn it off or tweak it at any time), choose Filter > Convert for Smart Filters first. This converts the current layer into a Smart Object.

photoshop smart filters


Posted on: July 3, 2017

Mike Rankin

Mike is the Editor in Chief of, InDesign Magazine, and He is also the author of several video training series, including Font Management Essential Training, InDesign FX, and InDesign CC: Interactive Document Fundamentals.

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