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Learning how to use Adobe Photoshop efficiently and effectively is the best way to get the most out of your pixels and create stunning imagery. Master the fundamentals of this program with Julieanne Kost, and discover how to achieve the results you want with Photoshop and its companion programs, Bridge and Camera Raw. This comprehensive course covers nondestructive editing techniques using layers, masking, adjustment layers, blend modes, and Smart Objects. Find out how to perform common editing tasks, including lens correction, cropping and straightening, color and tonal adjustments, noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, sharpening, and retouching. Julieanne also shows how to achieve more creative effects with filters, layer effects, illustrative type, and the Photomerge command for creating panoramas and composites.
One of the filters that I'm having the most fun with is the Oil Paint filter. In Bridge, I want to open this as a smart object, so I'll use my context sensitive menus and choose Place and then Place into Photoshop. In Photoshop, because this is already a smart object, I know that when I go into the Filter menu and I add oil paint It will automatically become a smart filter. Now there are a variety of different options for your brush, including stylization. And if we move this to the left, we're going to have short strokes.
If I move it over to the right, we'll have longer strokes. The cleanliness is the cleanliness of your brush. If I move it over to the left we get more detailed, or it's a more textured brush. If I move the cleanliness over to the right, then we're going to get a looser stroke. When I change the scale that's just the size of the brush stroke. I'm going to ahead and make this a rather large brush, by moving the scale over towards 10. And then we have bristle detail. So we have from less to greater detail. Then depending on some of the other settings, you may or may not see a large difference with the bristle detail.
Down below, the Angular Direction, that's the angle of the light source. So as I move this around, we can see the image be updated based on the direction of the light, and then the Shine is how much contrast we're going to add in here. We can make it appear as if there's more of less depth to the paint. And when we adjust these the way we want them, we click OK. Here we can see in the Layers panel, the Oil Paint Filter, toggle it on and off.
And of course the Smart Filter Mask is right above, so if we click on that thumbnail, we could selectively paint in or paint out this filter. So I can quickly grab the Gradient tool by tapping the G key, and then I'll select the Radial Gradient. I'll tap the D key to get my default foreground and background colors, and I can click in the center of the flower and drag outwards, in order to hide this filter out here in the outer area. I'd actually like the exact opposite, so I'm going to use Cmd+i in order to invert that mask. It's Ctrl+i on Windows.
So now I've hidden the painterly filter in the center of my image, so we see the photograph, and then it slowly fades into the painterly effect. And that's all there is to it. The oil paint filter is an excellent way to add a painterly effect to any image in Photoshop.
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