Simulate Oil Painting with Adobe Photoshop CS5

Some painters use photographs as memory aids to help them paint. It is also possible for photographers to simulate an oil painting using Photoshops’ new mixer brush. The results can look strikingly realistic except that your prints won’t have the texture associated with a real painting and will never match their sales value – nor should they. It’s simply a technique whereby you can convert you photographs into something that is more simplified and sometimes this can make for a great graphic for a book or illustration. There are Photoshop filters that can simulate various types of artistic effects that are faster, but the fun is in making your own unique photo-painting – here is how I do it.