Introducing the 'Ultimate Painting Effect Actions'
A set of Photoshop Actions that will give your photos a beautiful and artistic Digital Painting Effect, all in just one click!
UPDATE (August 15th 2016): Adobe has released an update in November, 'Photoshop CC 2015.1 (November 2015 release)', re-introducing the Oil Filter.
I have edited the actions, and they are now compatible with Photoshop CC as well. Make sure to update to the latest version of Photoshop CC.
For more info about the update, please check out this article: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/oil-paint-filter.html
If you have installed the new update, and you see that the Oil Filter is grayed out, please watch this video and follow the instructions: https://youtu.be/tXNhthq-MZQ
IMPORTANT! Make sure your language is set to "ENGLISH", if your language is anything else but that, the actions will give you many errors and they are literally not going to work.
Instructions on How to Change the language setting of your Creative Cloud apps: https://helpx.adobe.com/creative-cloud/help/change-install-language.html
Make sure to use photos that have a good lighting, that are of good quality, that are not pixelated and that are at least between 1300-4000/5000 pixels.
Works best on photos with this approximate size 2500-1700px, but as I have stated above, they works on bigger photos too. I would not recommend using the actions on photos that have a resolution lower than 1300px.
I find that these actions work best/give the best results when the skin of the people/subjects in the photos is smooth, a bit blurry even, and clean. You don't necessarily need to retouch the skin of your subject for the actions to work, but I find it gives even a better result if you do. For bigger photos, if you feel that you want more effect, run the action, edit the settings and once you are satisfied, merge all the layers, create a background from your layer (Layer New Background from layer | should this method cause the actions to give errors, then proceed by saving the photo on your pc and then load it again in photoshop) and run the action again.
In the file you will download, you will also find a PSD File with a few additional Lightroom Settings, just drag the folder with the move tool (V), into the tab of the photo that you have just ran the actions on.
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