How to Create a Photoshop Painting Effect

What You’ll Be Creating

In this tutorial, we will create a vintage painting Photoshop action using smart filters, mask layers, vintage textures, and dynamic brushes.

Tutorial Assets

  • Any photo you want to use for this manipulation. I chose this photo from Envato Elements.
  • A set of dynamic brushes and overlay textures.

1. How to Prepare the Document

Step 1

Use Control-O and then select the image you want to use.

Opening the image in photoshop

Step 2

Press Alt-Control-I and resize the image to 2000 x 2000 px.

Changing the size of the image

Step 3

Create a new layer using the Shift-Control-N combination and name it “mask”.

Creating a new layer

Step 4

Create a duplicate of your background using Right-Click > Duplicate.

Creating a duplicate of the layer

Step 5

Rename your new layer to “Image” and then Right-Click > Convert to Smart Object.

Converting the layer into the smart object

Step 6

Now we need to install the brushes in Photoshop. Click to activate Brush Tool and then go to Preset Manager.

Opening the preset manager

Step 7

After that, click Load and select the brushes from the tutorial attachments.

Loading the brushes to Photoshop

2. How to Create a Clipping Mask of the Layer

Step 1

Now let’s start to create the mask for our image. Select the “mask” layer and click B, and then draw strokes with the second brush from the set, as shown in the picture below.

Creating the first part of the mask

Step 2

Draw the strokes on the edges of the figure with the first brush from the set.

Creating the second part of the mask

Step 3

Move the mask layer below the smart object.

Moving the mask layer below the smart object

Step 4

Select the smart object and then Right Click > Create Clipping Mask.

Creating a clipping mask of the layer

Step 5

Make the “Background” layer invisible.

Making the background layer invisible

3. How to Create a Photoshop Painting Effect

Step 1

Select your smart object layer and go to Filter Gallery > Artistic > Dry Brush. Use the following settings: 

  • Brush Size: 5
  • Brush Detail: 6
  • Texture: 1
Adding the dry brush effect to the smart object

Step 2

After that, go to Filter Gallery > Brush Strokes > Crosshatch and use the following settings: 

  • Stroke Length: 9
  • Sharpness: 6
  • Strength: 1
Adding crossshatch filter to the smart object

Step 3

Go to Filter Gallery > Artistic > Paint Daubs and use the following settings: 

  • Brush Size: 2
  • Sharpness: 1
Creating paint daubs effect

Step 4

And for the last filter, we need to add a splatter effect. Go Filter Gallery > Brush Strokes > Splatter with the following settings: 

  • Spray Radius: 5
  • Smoothness: 5
Creating splatter effect

4. How to Create a Vintage Photoshop Effects Using Overlay Textures 

Step 1

Go to File > Place and select “Background Texture”. Resize it to the borders of the document while holding Shift.

Placing the background texture

Step 2

After that, move the “background texture” to the bottom of the Layers panel.

Moving the textures at the bottom of layer style panel

Step 3

Now we need to place and resize the second texture as we just did before.

Placing the overlay texture

Step 4

Now let’s change the Blending Mode of the texture to Multiply.

Changing the blending mode of the layer

5. How to Create a Color Correction of the Image

Step 1

And for the last steps, we need to create a color correction of the document. Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness/Contrast and set the following settings: 

  • Brightness: 30
  • Contrast: 45
Creating first color correction layer

Step 2

Go to Layer > New Adjustments Layer > Hue/Saturation and set the Hue to +25.

Creating a huesaturation adjustments layer

Awesome Work, You’re Now Done!

In this simple way, we can create creative artworks from any photo using standard Photoshop filters, overlay textures, and dynamic brushes.

Final result of photo manipulation

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