Well, not really… I recently upgraded the display card on my comp (supports DX11) and lo and behold… The mystical oil painting filter got enabled in Photoshop (CS6). At first I was a little skeptical using this… but it grew on me. Not all pictures take well to this filter, but once you get the hang of it… the processed images take on a totally new persona.
the filter is especially good at handling areas that are either blown out or under exposed… noise is not an issue :). Bring out those noisy, not so well exposed pics and try to blow new life into them. Monochrome/Black n white pics don’t really lend themselves very well to this filter (or it might just be that im not tweaking em just right 😉 ). Even on the color pics its better to do the normal processing on the pic to make it look as good as one can
Do give the filter a try and don’t hesitate turning it on for pics with blown highlights or dark underexposed areas… even noisy ones… It takes care of all that for you 🙂
PS: Click on the images for higher res images, if you want to see full resolution images, just click on the “O” in the list of sizes (look at the top middle of the screen once you click on the images).