Occasionally, I make digital paintings from photos. These are photos that are manipulated to look like paintings. Sure, there are Photoshop filters that do an average job of that. But those filters don’t look very realistic and they vary from photo to photo depending on photo grain and focus. The best way, in my opinion, is to manipulate the entire surface by hand using various Photoshop tools. And it is better still to have it done by an actual artist who has experience as a painter. This is how I do it. It takes longer than clicking on a filter, but the results are so much better!