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Painterly Effects

This is one of over 5959 effects generated by Filter Forge, a Photoshop plugin that allows you to create your own filters.

This effect:

  • can be easily altered;
  • offers up to 30,000 variations;
  • can be applied to any source image in Photoshop.

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Author: ScaryKitty

Filter Details

  • Editor's Pick
  • Downloads: 11088
  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2007
  • Usage Rank: High
  • Comments (30)


This filter allows you to give your photographs any of a number of painterly/artistic effects, from soft pastels to thick oils, from pop-art acrylics to abstract watercolours.NOTE: The "Detail Level" slider controls how abstract or realistic the painting will be, but that's pretty relative, since brush size, bristle roughness, stroke messiness, and stroke length also contribute to the abstraction of the result. Play around, and see what you like.I hope the rest of the controls are pretty self-explanatory. Let me know if you have any questions. ^_^MANY THANKS: to nutzy for his "Egg Tempera, Oil Paint" filter, which gave me the idea and tools to create brushstrokes in two directions. Thanks, nutzy! ^_^Play with the settings, and have fun!


scarykitty paint painting artistic oils watercolour painterly


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Filter Controls

  • Brush Size
  • Bristle Roughness
  • Stroke Length
  • Stroke Messiness
  • Detail Level
  • Hue
  • Saturation
  • Black Point
  • Gamma
  • White Point