I’ve been playing around with various Photoshop filters lately, so I was excited to have a chance to try out AKVIS Oil Paint, a software program that allows you to transform your photos into oil paintings.
You can install it as a Photoshop plugin or a standalone program. It comes with a variety of presets already installed, which I suggest clicking through to give yourself an idea of what the program is capable of. As you grow more familiar with the process, you can begin playing with and adjusting the various slider controls, which allow you to change everything from stroke length, thickness and intensity to the amount of relief and saturation. It’s kind of fun to watch the actual paintstroke process flash across the screen. You can also choose whether or not to “paint” on canvas, and you’re able to adjust the texture of your canvas. As a nice final touch, the program has a built-in text feature. This would be nice if you want to turn your now dreamily-painted landscape into a sweet greeting card.
Overall I was pleased with the variety of options offered and the ease of use. I could see it being a useful and fun addition to your bag of photography tricks and tools!
Here are some of the before and after shots from my test run:
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