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Photoshop CS6 sees the reorganization of a handful of Effects filters as well as the addition of a new one. Now if you're a big fan of the Effects filters and you go up to the Filter menu, you'll notice a few submenus are missing, specifically Artistic, Brushstrokes, Sketch, and Texture. And the reason is all the commands in those submenus bring up the Filter Gallery and so Adobe's thinking is if you want to access to those filters just go ahead and choose the Filter Gallery command and then go ahead and select the filter you want to apply, modify the settings, and so forth.
All right, I'm going to cancel out of here. Now if that's not your cup of tea, if you want those individual commands back, you can get to them by going up to the Edit menu here in the PC, that would be the Photoshop menu on the Mac, and drop down to the Preferences command and go ahead and choose the Plug-Ins command. And then you'll see this checkbox right there, Show all Filter Gallery groups and names. I'm not going to turn it on however. I'm fine with the way things are. Now the good news is there's a new Effects filter on the block and it's actually better than any of those Filter Gallery commands.
Now before I apply the filter, I'm going to convert this layer to a Smart Object by going to the Layers panel fly-out menu and choosing Convert to Smart Object, and then I'll go ahead and rename this layer model. Now I'll go up to the Filter menu and choose the Oil Paint Command and it brings up this very large dialog box as you can see here, and we have these quite excellent controls in my opinion. We'll start off with Stylization here. If you crank the Stylization value down to its lowest you end up with this almost kind of stucco effect, whereas if you crank the Stylization value up you end up with these long brushstrokes.
I'm going to go ahead and set the value to 6. Cleanliness, if you crank the value down, gives you a very gritty effect and if you crank the value up, you get a super smooth effect. I'm going to take that value to four, in order to kind of split the difference. Next we have Scale. Now near as I can tell, what the Scale value is doing is scaling the brushstrokes from the upper- left corner of the image because if you crank that value up you'll notice the brushstrokes are kind of swimming down and to the right.
And it's pretty interesting animated effect actually to watch it happen, but obviously it does have an effect on the Scale of the brushstrokes. I'm going to go ahead and take that value to somewhere in the neighborhood of two, that's fine. Next we've got Bristle Detail, which determines essentially the depth of the brushstrokes, so if you crank the value down we have these very smoothly transitioning strokes with these softly modeled shadows and highlights. If you increase the value you'll end up increasing the contrast as well. I'm going to take that value up to 8.
The Angular Direction determines both the angle of the brushstrokes and the angle of the light hitting the brushstrokes, and that's totally up to you. I'm just going to leave it more less where it was. Shine has a pretty pronounced effect. If you crank that value up you'll end up with this just tragic Emboss effect that looks absolutely awful in my opinion. So I'm going to keep that value pretty low; somewhere around 0.7 works pretty well for this image. And then I'll go ahead and click the OK button in order to accept that effect.
All right, I'm going to go ahead and zoom in on the image here. And from this point on, because you're working with the Smart Filter there is any number of ways you can mix the effect with the original image. For example, I can go ahead and double- click on this little slider icon right there, and I could change the Blend mode to something like Overlay if I wanted a really high impact effect or I might try Darken in order to keep just those portions of the Oil Paint effect that are darker than the original image. In my case though I'm going to go for something little more subtle.
I'm going to choose Luminosity, so I keep the original color values. And I'm going to dial back the Opacity value to something like 70% and then click OK. All right, now I will press the F key a couple of times in order to fill the screen with the image. And that's at least one way to employ the new Oil Paint Effects filter inside Photoshop CS6.
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