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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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.

  • I'm glad to help with a single word and yes I'm the fan of thala ajith.
    – Bala
    Dec 23, 2013 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Oil Paint is a very cool filter, but relied on a very large and complex code library used for an outdated technology (Pixel Bender) that is no longer supported.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: http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?thread_id=926714

Update: It's back as of CC-2019 (thanks @Tetsujin)

  • I haven't been following its progress over the years, but it's there in CC2019
    – Tetsujin
    Feb 28, 2019 at 14:54

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