How to Fix the Oil Paint Filter in Photoshop CC 2015

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to fix the Oil Paint filter. Scroll down to the bottom of this article and you will find a new tutorial regarding the Oil Paint filter.
I was so excited that the Oil Paint filter is back in the latest version of Photoshop CC. It was annoying however that the filter was grayed out in the Stylize menu so I tried to figure this out somehow.

There are two reasons why the filter is not active.

One of them is that your graphic card is not updated to the latest version so go ahead and update your drivers but this however may not solve the situation. I did this thing and the Oil Paint filter was still grayed out.

The other possible reason is that one of the options in Photoshop is not enabled and you should check this out before deciding to finally start punching your screen. Go to edit, preferences and performance.

First, make sure that “use graphic processor” is enabled and then click on advanced settings. Then, you must enable Open CL, which is Open Computing Language and it helps Photoshop to use your graphic card’s GPU and your CPU to be combined and to work a lot faster, in this case to unlock the Oil Paint filter.

Also, just to be sure, enable the other two options, the “anti-alias guides and paths” and the “use graphic processor to accelerate computation”. Then, hit the OK and the Oil Paint filter should now be active.

Enjoy this filter with all its sliders and leave a comment down below if this tutorial solved your issue. I’m gonna talk more about this filter in the next episode so make sure you hit subscribe on my YouTube channel.
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UPDATE (September 29, 2016)
This is part 2 of the tutorial:


  1. Oh goooooooddddd this is a nightmare….all my drivers are up to date, my CC is up to date, my OpenCL is 1.2 and STILL I can’t get the oil paint filter to appear! I may put a fist through my screen…any advice??