How to make a picture look like a painting.

Learn how to transform a photo to make it look like a painting. This effect is an excellent way to put your creativity on display.

Sometimes a photograph doesn’t send quite the right message. If the occasion calls for something representing a hand-painted artistic portrait or landscape, you can transform your photo with just a few clicks. Filters and special effects are a popular way to help your image tell a story, convey a feeling, or stand out from the crowd.

Step-by-step image transformation.

It couldn’t be easier to transform your photograph to make it look like a painting. Follow these four basic steps and experiment with different effects to discover what suits your style or purpose best:

  • Upload your image in JPG or PNG format.
  • Choose a painting filter, such as the Oil Painting effect.
  • With the slider, adjust the intensity of the brush texture to your liking.
  • Then, simply download your new image.

Tip: Select a “non-destructive” transformation to ensure you preserve the original version. That way you never lose your original image, plus you can use it again later to try out a different effect.

Transform your photos on the go.

Making your photo look like a painting, sketch, or drawing can all be done right from your phone with a mobile app. You can capture an image, transform it, and post it to social media — all within minutes. It’s a fun and easy way to make an impression. (For more expressive or detailed image transformations, use a full-featured desktop editing software.)

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