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I really want to do this kind of effect where it looks like a person is disintegrating away, but I have no idea what it is called:

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possible duplicate of Plugin or brush for transforming a photo to a fractal in gimp? – Scott Dec 23 '13 at 3:33
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THanks To Bala's clue in the comment.... I found the original source photo....

It's merely Adobe Photoshop's Oil Paint Filter

Here's one with these settings:

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This is a completely new image generated by running the oil paint filter on the same source photo. This is not merely a reposting of your sample image.

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I'm glad to help with a single word and yes I'm the fan of thala ajith. – Bala Dec 23 '13 at 11:02

The Oil Paint filter mentioned in Scott's answer was removed from Photoshop in version CC-2014. For those using Windows, Adobe has recommended using the GREYCstoration plugin:

Oil Paint is a very cool filter, but relied on a very large and complex code library used for an outdated technology (Pixel Bender) that is no longer supported.

Workarounds for Oil Paint:

Update/note: Here’s a windows only plug-in which may be useful discussed here:

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