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The Oil Paint filter doesn't work in Photoshop CC

  • Photoshop CC

Is Photoshop's Oil Paint filter grayed out when you open an RGB photo and select Filter > Stylize > Oil Paint ?

If you're experiencing this issue, it may indicate a compatibility problem between Photoshop CC and your graphics card. Several features may be affected, including:

  • Oil Paint
  • Perspective Warp
  • Scrubby zoom
  • These 3 filters: Flame, Picture Frame, Tree
  • Birds Eye View
  • Flick Panning
  • Smooth Brush Resizing

Possible Solutions:

Option 1: Re-activate OpenCL

Click the Performance tab on the left. Ensure the "Use Graphics Processor" option is checked:

activate GPU

Hit OK to close the preferences window and restart Photoshop.

Option 2: Reset Photoshop Preferences

If the issue persists, you may need to reset Photoshop preferences.

Option 3: Check Graphics Card and Drivers

Outdated drivers or an incompatible graphics card may be the cause:

  • Update outdated drivers to the latest version.
  • If your graphics card is very old or integrated with the CPU, it may not be supported in the latest Photoshop version.

Checking Compatibility:

Select Help > GPU Compatibility from the main menu, to check if your card is supported and if drivers need updating:

gpu compatibility check

To find out the driver version of your GPU and update it if needed, follow these steps:

  • If you have Windows 11 or 10:
    • Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open the Task Manager and click the Performance tab.
    • Your GPU model is listed on the left column. Click on it to find out the driver version. Visit the manufacturer's site for updates.
  • If you have a Mac:
    • Click the Apple icon at the top left of your screen and select "About this Mac."
    • Click on "Software Update" to download the latest driver version (if available).

If the issue persists and your graphics card is not compatible with Photoshop CC, consider replacing it to access advanced features.

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