Turn a Photo into an Oil Painting with AKVIS ArtWork: Tutorial

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Tutorial: AKVIS ArtWork

Oil Painting


The Oil Painting effect converts your photographs into oil paintings. The program lays brush strokes naturally using the original photo as a reference. Even with the default settings you can achieve a realistic result coming very close to hand-painted works. Tweak the options, and you can research a variety of oil painting styles.

Original ImageOil Painting From Photo
Oil Painting From Photo
(Move your mouse over the image to see the original version)


On the Painting tab of the Settings Panel you can adjust the parameters that define conversion of a photo into an oil painting.

Stroke Parameters:

    Simplicity (0-10). This parameter defines to what extent the image will be simplified. The higher the value of the parameter, the rougher are the strokes and the less details are kept. A high value of the parameter provides for more resemblance to a painting.

    Low simplicity
    Simplicity = 1 Simplicity = 8

    Stroke Curvature (0-100). This parameter sets the stroke form – from almost straight lines (value = 0) to curved (value higher than 0). The complexity and curvature of the strokes depend on the parameter's value.

    Low curvature High curvature
    Stroke Curvature = 10 Stroke Curvature = 70

    Max Stroke Length (1-100). This parameter sets the maximum length that a stroke can have.

    Short strokes Long strokes
    Max Stroke Length = 10 Max Stroke Length = 90

    Stroke Thickness (1-20). The width of the strokes.

    Thin strokes Wide strokes
    Stroke Thickness = 5 Stroke Thickness = 18

    Stroke Intensity (0-10). The higher the values of this parameter, the more distinct and discernible are the strokes.

    Low intensity High intensity
    Stroke Intensity = 2 Stroke Intensity = 8

    Stroke Density (1-100). This parameter increases the number of long strokes and changes their position on the image.

    Low density High density
    Stroke Density = 20 Stroke Density = 85

    Microdetails (0-100). This parameter strengthens/weakens the clearness of thin strokes, thus correcting the level of detail on the image.

    Smoothing Detailing
    Microdetails = 10 Microdetails = 85


Additional Effects:

    Saturation (0-100). Toning the image with brighter colors.

    Original colors Saturated colors
    Saturation = 10 Saturation = 65

    Relief (0-50). This parameter gives volume to the strokes, which results in a relief surface.

    Without relief Relief
    Without relief Relief = 50

Additional Tools:

    You can add your own creative touch by selectively changing the direction of the strokes using the Stroke Direction tool .

    It gives you full control over the strokes. Use this special brush to define the guiding lines, and the program will convert the image into a painting directing the strokes to follow the drawn guiding lines. With this technique you can achieve truly realistic paintings with human hair, patterns and textures going in the right direction.

    Note: This tool is not available for the simple Home license; it is active only for advanced licenses like Home Deluxe, Business.


    To improve your result you can also use the Smudge tool . It is a post-processing tool used to manually edit the processed image, for example, to refine the image by removing paint irregularities.

    Note: The tool is only available on the After tab and only under the Home Deluxe and Business licenses.

    Attention! If you switch to the Before tab and run the processing again, the changes made with the Smudge tool will be lost!

How It Works How It Works
   — Workspace — Workspace
   — Using the Program — Using the Program
   — Painting on a Canvas — Painting on a Canvas
   — Adding a Frame — Adding a Frame
   — Text and Watermark — Text and Watermark
   — Working with Presets — Working with Presets
   — Preferences — Preferences
   — Batch Processing — Batch Processing
Styles Styles
   — Oil Painting — Oil Painting
   — Watercolor Painting — Watercolor Painting
   — Gouache Painting — Gouache Painting
   — Comics Effect — Comics Effect
   — Pen & Ink — Pen & Ink
   — Linocut — Linocut
   — Pastel Painting — Pastel Painting
Examples Examples
   — Harmony: Oil Painting Portrait — Harmony: Oil Painting Portrait
   — City Canal View: Oil Landscape — City Canal View: Oil Landscape
   — Animated Comic of a Cat: Make a Cartoon — Animated Comic of a Cat: Make a Cartoon
   — Emergency Cow: Make a Poster — Emergency Cow: Make a Poster
   — Greetings from Canary Islands — Greetings from Canary Islands
   — Summer Coloured Green — Summer Coloured Green
   — Casandra's Portrait — Casandra's Portrait
   — ArtWork for Art Students — ArtWork for Art Students
   — Day at The Beach — Day at The Beach
   — ArtWork Oil Gallery — ArtWork Oil Gallery
   — Oil Painting of Orchid Flowers — Oil Painting of Orchid Flowers
   — Miniature Painting — Miniature Painting
   — Still Life with Peaches — Still Life with Peaches
   — Work of Art from Flawed Photo — Work of Art from Flawed Photo
   — Antique Collage: Comics Effect — Antique Collage: Comics Effect
   — Baroque Architecture: Linocut — Baroque Architecture: Linocut
   — Ballet Art - Trying ArtWork Styles — Ballet Art - Trying ArtWork Styles
   — Human Flower (Gouache and Inking) — Human Flower (Gouache and Inking)
   — Oil Painting with a Hand-Drawn Effect — Oil Painting with a Hand-Drawn Effect
   — A Little Secret - Two ArtWork Styles — A Little Secret - Two ArtWork Styles
   — Mythical Horse: Watercolor Picture — Mythical Horse: Watercolor Picture
   — Forest Nymph — Forest Nymph
   — Ballet Dancers: Oil Painting — Ballet Dancers: Oil Painting
   — Portrait of a Lady: Modern Art — Portrait of a Lady: Modern Art
   — Sunset on Lake Garda in Pastel — Sunset on Lake Garda in Pastel
   — Creating  a Semi-Processed Image Effect — Creating a Semi-Processed Image Effect
   — A Holiday In Normandy — A Holiday In Normandy
   — Orange Door: a Comic-Like Painting — Orange Door: a Comic-Like Painting
   — Interior Design: Painting from Rendering — Interior Design: Painting from Rendering
   — Painting & Photography — Painting & Photography
   — Scrapbooking Ideas — Scrapbooking Ideas
   — Painting in Autumn Colors — Painting in Autumn Colors


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