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Available as a standalone app (and a plug-in for image editors such as Photoshop and Painter), OilPaint gives you greater flexibility than traditional filters, thanks to sliders that enable you to alter parameters such as brush thickness and paint density. You can replicate a variety of artistic styles and turn your photos into works of art.
Rather than previewed live, your image is rendered each time, with brush strokes appearing before you on screen. This is a little frustrating because you can’t easily see the variations you’re changing, except via a preview window, but it means the results are much more realistic than traditional filters.
You can further improve your paintings by assigning brush directions before you render and post-process them, using Blur and Smudge tools or a History brush to paint detail back in. You can also batch process multiple images using existing or saved presets for converting multiple images.
The Business edition reviewed here (which includes all the tools) costs £71, but it’s more versatile than your average image editor plug-in.
You can edit brush strokes, add textures or text to your image, via the panels on the right.
Use the Brush Stroke tool to direct brush strokes along the correct contours of the image.