Rather than being one action that breaks down into lots of options, Comic Oil Paint has each effect as a separate action. This means you’ll need to try each one to see how it looks, but that does have the benefit of meaning each one is quick to run.
The image above is Effect 3.
Make Adjustments to Suit Your Style
The adjustment options are fairly limited as most of the choice happens when you select your action initially.
Here, I’ve hidden a Colour Balance layer to bring some more warmth back to the photo, I’ve lowered the opacity of a Gradient Fill layer and also lowered Effect Copy 2 to slightly reduce the comic book ‘dots’ and make the effect a little more subtle.
Give your photographs the look of a hand-painted oil artwork in just a few clicks with Impasto Oil Paint for Photoshop. The actions work best with portraits and landscapes, with the final composition fully layered for easy customisation.
Hit play and be prepared to wait, maybe make a sandwich.
After the action has run you’ll see it breaks down into a number of folders.
There are 20 colour effects and they’re really varied, including: rainbow, warm, cool, and black and white.
As this picture is full of warm tones, it made sense to go with a warmer colour option here (number 10). I also reduced the opacity on some of the toning options to make it a little lighter and bring some detail back
In Image Elements (additional elements) you can control how much brushwork and texture appears on the image and so I reduced the white border.
Here’s the image I’ll be working with to demonstrate:
Run the Action
Create a new layer and call it brush. On that layer, brush over either part of the image, or the whole thing depending where you’d like to apply the effect.
I’ve used green so you can see I’ve covered the whole image. Hit play, make a coffee.
It looks quite ethereal!
Like the others, this action breaks down into manageable layers. As well as changing colour options, you can also control how much detail comes back through the effect, which is useful if you want it to be more subtle, or more outrageous!
Here I’ve warmed up the colours and tones a little and increased the ‘oil’ effect to make it look a bit more abstract.