It takes some real skill to draw realistic characters and portraits, but there’s a shortcut you can take using this illustration Photoshop action. This action will allow you to create the outlines, colours, and shading of a digitally painted image automatically, without the need to trace, paint or draw by hand. The action has been tested and working on Photoshop CS6. Make sure you have an oil paint filter helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/oil-paint-greyed-out.html
How to use action
After loading the action onto Photoshop, all you need to do to create this effect is to:
Turn your image into a smart object
Hit CTRL + F2
Voila! The final result is a cartoon-like illustration effect with bold outlines, vibrant colors and defined shading.
This Photoshop action works best with images at the standard size of 1920×1280 pixels.
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If you find errors with Photoshop not finding the ‘Oil Painting filter’ check this short video out www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHT5oOF1pDs or this more detailed video here www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKXOcEpRkyc that might help solve the issue. Please get in touch if there are any problems. The Oil Paint filter was introduced in Photoshop CS6, if you have a version under CS6, it may not work. Thank you.