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Awesome Actions: How to Create an Oil Painting Photo Effect

This post is part of a series called Adobe Photoshop in 60 Seconds.
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What You'll Be Creating

Welcome to our Photoshop in 60 Seconds series, in which you can learn a Photoshop skill, feature, or technique in just a minute!

Photoshop in 60 Seconds: Oil Painting Effect

Traditional art requires amazing patience and lots of time to create incredible works of art. But if you're short on time you can still achieve a remarkable effect by downloading a Photoshop Action from Envato Market.

Check out this quick video below to see how to transform any photo instantly! And try out this effect on the Flower and Portrait images from this tutorial.

Create an Oil Painting Effect in Photoshop

I'll be using this Fashion Portrait photo to test out this HDR Oil Retouch Action.

High Fashion Portrait

First load your Photoshop action by going to Window > Actions, and selecting Load Actions from the drop down menu within the Actions panel.

Loading Actions from the Actions Panel

Open your favorite photo into Photoshop, then select the Action and press Play.

Playing a Photoshop Action

Customize your photo by experimenting with the layers in the new HDR Oil Retouch Group. Hide the High Pass Filter and adjust the Opacity of the Exposure Layer.

Adjusting the Group Layers of a Photoshop Action

You can also play around with colors by adding a New Adjustment Layer of Color Balance for more experimentation.

Add a New Adjustment Layer of Color Balance for Actions

Want to see this in action? Check out the video above to see this lesson at work.

A Bit More Detail

Create more amazing photo effects in Photoshop by checking out these tutorials below.

60 Seconds?!

This is part of a series of quick video tutorials on Envato Tuts+ in which we introduce a range of subjects, all in 60 seconds—just enough to whet your appetite. Let us know in the comments what you thought of this video and what else you'd like to see explained in 60 seconds!

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