Soften the detail of an image and create an instant brush-like effect with this tutorial. Better used on images with fine detail, it’s a quick and easy way to give your photos an artistic finish.
Open up a photo in Photoshop.
In the Layers palette on the right of your screen, right click the top layer and select Duplicate Layer.
Now go to Filter > Artistic > Dry Brush. The settings to use may vary depending on your image, but I used Brush size 0, Brush Detail 10 and Texture 1. You could also try one of the other options like Sponge or Poster Edges for a different effect. Once you’re happy with the look, click Ok.
In the layer palette from step 2, this time choose Blending Options instead of Duplicate Layer. Set the top Opacity slide to about 50 or 60%, depending on what effect you want. Click Ok.
Finally, go to Layer > Flatten Image then save.