As there were many alternative features in Adobe Photoshop CS5, like Pixel Bender, Colored Pencil, Dry Brush and many other artistic filters, there is now the Oil Paint filter in CS6. I will be showing this feature on a squirrel’s portrait. The filter will give the photo a very professional artistic effect if you follow the instructions below.

While the Pixel Bender is a filter in Photoshop CS5, but the Oil Paint one will definitely be more valuable for the user. It works especially well on animal, plant and other nature images. But the Pixel Bender is quite a hassle compared to the new Oil filter. You can compare these two by having a look on the screenshot below.

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First, let’s talk about the Stylization option. On the left is the older version that specifies the wavy effects of an image. It takes the gravelly effect to wavy one. Though gravelly effect inspires lots of designers, I do prefer the swirly one because of its nice natural look. Next comes Cleanliness that is on the contrary to Stylization and takes out its intensive contrast. If you don’t use it much, you will not get that interesting wavy effect. On the other hand, adding it to the top will cause the intensive pattern and that of course is everyone’s own choice how hard to go. Scale and Bristle Detail more or less affect how stressed the Stylization and Cleanliness buttons are. So if in need to get these options more intensive on the photo, definitely use Scale and Bristle Detail functions. Now, the Angular Direction will change the sight of pattern by moving the slider. Best way to understand its function is to try it out. Lastly the Shine slider that will light up the big picture, and also increases the wavy or gravelly effect. Now if you look at the three examples below, left one has Stylization and Cleanliness quite low but some Shine, the middle one has the two sliders full and a little bit of Shine, and the right box has them also fully high but no Shine at all. So you can understand how the sliders affect your image.

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Shine leaves a pattern into the image even if added very slightly as seen in the middle part above. But without any Shine, it will be a bit artistic like the pic on the right. So it is recommended not to use Shine at all. After using this Oil Paint filter, you can adjust and retouch your photo using several other Photoshop features as you might be used to. For example, various filters can be used to smooth up the whole work, and give details some more retouch. Below is the example of before and after using the Oil Paint filter in CS6. Good luck!

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