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Paint like Van Gogh with Free Adobe Plugin for Photoshop CS5

Get the fast and free Adobe Pixel Bender Plug-in for Photoshop CS5

If you missed your calling as a 19th-century post-Impressionist painter, here’s your second chance… Adobe recently released the fast and free Pixel Bender Plug-in for Photo­shop CS5, which adds new image processing algorithms (filters or effects) in a hardware-independent manner. There are dozens of free filters available, including one for an oil paint effect. Pixel Bender also runs cross-platform in After Effects and Flash, so all filters and their behaviors are portable among various Adobe products.

Installation of the Pixel Bender Plug-in is easy, provided you already have Photoshop CS5 installed. If you don’t yet have Photoshop CS5, you can just download the full 30-day free trial. The Pixel Bender Gallery is initially populated with 13 filters that come with with the plugin. The one we’ll focus on today is the OilPaint filter, with two video tutorials below demonstrating detailed examples of its use. The tips and techniques shared will help you use the tools to turn an ordinary photo into something special – “makes a great gift!”

UPDATE (April 2012) – The Oil Painting Filter is now built-in to Photoshop CS6 and beyond!

Download the free Adobe Pixel Bender Plug-in for Photoshop CS5

Adobe Pixel Bender Plug-in Video Tutorials

These how-to’s come courtesy of Adobe Photoshop guru Russell Brown – the first one is a two-part playlist showing how the swirling church image above was created, and the second video walks through more advanced painting methods with the Pixel Bender tools:

If you want to download more filters, visit the Pixel Bender Exchange; and if you’d like to write your own, see the toolkit and other resources at the Pixel Bender Technology Center.

UPDATE (August 28th) – Here’s another nice and new one, from Gavin Hoey in just two minutes.

Recent Photoshop CS5 Video Tutorials

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  1. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful package with 13 filters that come with the plugin.

  2. oilpaintings

    like pictures showed in 3D.

  3. MickyDee

    Really nice work! You’ve given me some ideas and a nice head-start for expanding my art. Thanks very much!

  4. Looks great! Is it available for Elements 9?


    • Hi Dave, that’s a very good question – thanks for asking…

      The Pixel Bender plug-in is available for Photoshop CS5 and CS4 through the links in the article above… Unfortunately it is not supported by Photoshop Elements.

      Update: Adobe shifted their pages around… Please see this later comment on where to find the Photoshop Pixel Bender Plugin now.

  5. faisal Bustami

    very great …love it very much……


  6. Pixel Bender plug-in does not show in my Photoshop CS5, what can I do?


  7. Davide

    Pixel Bender download link is dead at adobe, where else can it be downloaded from?

  8. how to download this plugin?

  9. k.chinna

    how to download this plugin? Can you provide the link.

  10. yadhu

    how to download this Photoshop Pixel Bender / Oil Paint Plugin ….Can you provide the link!!!!!

    • Hmm, it looks like Adobe moved things around recently and changed some of the links and pages… So now their previous web page just goes in circles!

      Egad – there must be some frustrated people wondering where they can actually download the Pixel Bender plug-in for Photoshop CS4 or CS5…

      But fortunately, it’s still available – just in a different place. So here it is – here is the current (and correct!) information:

      For Adobe Photoshop CS5 or CS5.1 on Windows or Mac OS (either 32-bit or 64-bit), then see this page for the downloads.

      For installation & setup instructions, or for the Photoshop CS4 downloads on Windows or Mac OS, please visit this page (scroll down to “Pixel Bender Plug-in for Photoshop CS4”).

      Hope that takes care of the problem! Just post back if you have any further issues or questions.

  11. Ngawidian

    oke.. thanks for your information about the plug-in filter blender

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