One of my favorite effects — certainly the one I use most often — is the oil painting filter. It softens the focus slightly and adds a texture to the surface. It’s subtle and a bit other-worldly. Very flattering for portraits, too, especially if your subject is older or has less than perfect skin. Or your focus was less than perfect!








As you can see, it’s a broadly useful tool. It’s one of the native Photoshop filters. Give it a try. You may be surprised at how versatile it is — unless (of course) you’ve already discovered it.



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23 replies

  1. The one of Kaity looks incredibly good ! Even the water and flowers are equally good. I use the camera in-built special effects now a days to give different feel to pictures.


    • I’ve just started to use built-in effects, especially when I want black and white. This is nice because you can apply it when the picture seems to call for it. It won’t save a bad picture, but it can improve one that just needs “something” 🙂

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  2. Nice effects.
    I use Corel Draw and Corel Photopaint.
    Strangely, I started out with Adobe, but the first job I got, the guy had Corel Draw. (Figures) How or why he tolerated me, I’ll never know because It took me 3 years before I felt I was competent. I find it more intuitive than Adobe Illustrator though.
    I’m still no master, but I’ve got a lot of it figured out.


    • It IS more intuitive, but it causes more distortion to the files. Before I got my own license for Adobe (a parting piece of reparations from my final employer), I used Corel. It’s easier and it has a ton of features at a very affordable price. But it does add a lot of noise.


  3. These are so stunning Marilyn. I must have a play with different affects too. You should print the one of Kaity and present it to her.


  4. Marilyn your flowers and other photos are outstanding and oh so beautiful. 😀


  5. Nice touch.


  6. Thanks for sharing this useful information. Beautiful pictures with soft and subtle effects!


  7. A lot like Brshstroke App. I really like the way the water looks.


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