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Transform a Photo into an Illustration with Photoshop

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Transform a photo into an illustration / oil painting with this clever Photoshop trick. The technique gives fine details the appearance of brush strokes, and looks fantastic when applied to a wide range of different images. It’s a lot of fun, and can totally reinvigorate your approach to processing photos.

converting a photo into an illustration using this technique takes a few minutes. This is simply because of the multiple Photoshop Filters that are required to apply the effect. So you’re probably wondering why you wouldn’t just use the Oil paint filter that has just made a return to Photoshop CC. The honest answer is that this effect is simply different. They both apply a different effect to images, so you can decide which works best for each individual image.

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Would you like to apply this effect at the click of a button? You can buy this effect, along with an instant sketch effect by FilterEfex on Creative Market.

About James Abbott (4 Articles)
James Abbott is an award-winning editorial, advertising and commercial photographer based near Cambridge, UK. He also works as a freelance journalist and is a qualified photography lecturer. He has taught professional photography and Photoshop techniques to both beginners and advanced photographers.

3 Comments on Transform a Photo into an Illustration with Photoshop

  1. Vicki // 30/05/2016 at 3:39 am //

    Very cool, James. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Nice technique..like it

  3. Na Na // 11/07/2016 at 9:47 am //

    This technique works with Photoshop Elements.

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