Last month I shared a tutorial showing how to create a realistic painted effect in Photoshop which used some pretty simple techniques in Photoshop that could easily be enclosed in a ready made Action. Today’s freebie contains not only an Action to apply that painted effect in a single click, but also 3 more photo effects based on common artistic styles, such as watercolour, pencil sketches and inking.

Artistic Photo Effect Actions

This collection of Photoshop Actions contains 4 ready made recordings to apply cool artistic effects to your photos. Choose from a painted effect, sketched effect, watercolour effect and inked effect to mimic authentic art styles. As is always the case with Actions, the final outcome may vary depending on the nature of the original image, but all these Actions are non-destructive, meaning the effect can be modified or removed.

How to use the Photoshop Actions

Load Actions in Photoshop

Make sure the Actions panel is visible in Photoshop by heading to View > Actions, then click the Load Actions option from the fly-out menu from the Actions panel.

Play Photoshop Action

Open your chosen image, making sure the image is contained in the Background layer. Select an Artistic effect from the Actions panel, then click the Play icon to allow Photoshop to automatically apply a series of edits.

Mofications are enclosed in a folder

All the modifications to the image are contained in a folder, meaning the effect can be removed easily. Inside this folder many of the transformations are provided as Smart Filters, so the effect can be tweaked to find the perfect result.

Download the Free Artistic Photo Effect Actions 1mb

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  1. Hi,

    Awesome post. I am going to implement all things soon. I enjoyed this article. I would love to see some more such interesting article from your side.

    Thanks for writing and I hope that you’ll have a happy weekend.

    Keep up your great work!

    varija tripathi

  2. Just want to say that this download saved my bacon with a client that needed a new treatment on a colour illustration that I submitted to them. I plugged in the pen and ink action and was done.

    Big Thanks for posting these.

  3. Howdy,

    I just wanted to say thanks for all that you do to educate and share with us.

  4. I’ve never commented here before, but I just wanted to take a minute to say how awesome that watercolor action is! I’ve tried it on several types of images, and it turns out gorgeous each time. Thanks for all the resources you provide, Chris!

  5. Thanks Chris,

    One particular action will come in handy. Happy with all my purchases and freebies and happily paid for this one with a share.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family and may 2015 rock!


  6. Long time subscriber, first time replying.
    Have pinned you, You are a great artistic and business model. One gripe – puppy site would probably be even better with a refresh :) Walt

  7. I tried the painted effect tutorial last month so I was so happy to see it in the actions. I posted a picture on facebook and gave you a shout out.


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