Oil Paint Filter in Photoshop CC 2015

Oil Paint Filter in Photoshop CC 2015

Oil Paint filter was introduced in Photoshop CS6. It has been disabled in Photoshop CC 2014 and now its back. For precision Oil Paint is available in Photoshop CC 2015 with November update.

What's new with Oil Paint

In essence, it is good, old Oil Paint filter with a difference in the size of the dialog. The dialog is now much smaller and it is easy to move it aside for better preview on actual image and what are you actually doing. Another new thing is that this filter is now built in instead of optional download.

Before you start using Oil Paint

Ensure that you have Use OpenCL enabled in Preferences > Performance > Advanced Graphics Processor Settings. The good news is that instruction will be applied without to restart the application.
use opencl

A few tips when working with Oil Paint filter

I want to recommend you to convert layer(s) to Smart Object layer from Filter > Convert for Smart Filters. In this way, you can change applied settings at any time plus you can use and experiment with Opacity and blending modes. In case you are working with a larger image of what you need and you are using Smart Object layer then use File > Export > Export As... dialog to downscale image. When using Image > Image Size dialog, applied settings from Oil Paint dialog won't be adjusted to match new dimensions.

Oil Paint options

In this section we will cover options which are available in Oil Paint filter dialog which is available from Filter > Stylize > Oil Paint.

Here are available options which are separated into 2 sections.


  • Preview checkbox will allow you to preview entire image with the effect applied. You can turn off this option to speed up the process.
  • Stylization is controlling the smoothness of the stroke.
  • Clearness is controlling the length of the stroke.
  • Scale is controlling relief.
  • Bristle Detail is controlling a number of details.


  • Angle is controlling the light source of the external light, not brush stroke. It is important to properly set up lighting source when incorporating painting into a larger composition.
  • Shine is controlling lighter details on the painting. Increase this value if you want strong highlights or painting to shine.

oil paint dialog

Product used in this tutorial:
Adobe Photoshop CC 2015

Photoshop Help / Use the Oil Paint filter


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