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How to Turn Photos into Art With Artistic Photoshop Effects

We know that photography is an art, but sometimes it's fun to mix your mediums and add some cool art effects to your photographs. Here we'll look at How to Turn Your Photos into Art With Artistic Photoshop Effects.

In this tutorial, we'll take you through three top actions for Adobe Photoshop available from Envato Elements, where you can download unlimited resources on a simple monthly subscription.

1. Watercolor Photoshop Action

This action promises to create stunning watercolour images from your photographs.

This is the image I'll be using to demonstrate. It's a free stock image, so you can follow along with the same one. This grumpy doggo was begging me to be turned into a work of art:

pug in towel
Photo by Matthew Henry on Unsplash

Before You Start

Make sure your image is high resolution, in RGB mode and 8-bit. You'll also need to install an action and a brush for this effect.

Create a New Layer and Brush Your Subject

Next, create a new layer above your background and title it 'brush'. Paint over your subject in any colour.

paint over image
Paint over your image

Run the Action

Be prepared to wait a while when you run the action. When it finishes, you should have something that looks like this.

after action
Your watercolour masterpiece

Make Adjustments

Well that looks pretty good, but we can adjust the layers to improve our effect.

layers
The action is broken down into many layers

Here, I've upped the contrast, dipped the background colour a bit to make it lighter, increased the black outline around the dog's features, turned on the inner sketch lines which add some white lines around features, and finally, added some blue.

A Watercolour Masterpooch

finished image
Our finished image

2. Artista — Mixed Media Art Photoshop Action

artista
Artista

With plenty of variety, Artista is a great way to apply the same action and generate a multitude of possibilities.

To demonstrate this action, I'll be using this free stock image.

Photo by LoboStudio Hamburg on Unsplash

Before You Start

Make sure your image is high resolution, in RGB mode and 8-bit. You'll need to install this action.

Create a New Layer and Brush Your Subject

Next, create a new layer above your background and title it 'mask'. Paint over your subject in any colour.

paint over subject
Paint over your subject on the mask layer

Run the Action

This can take a long time, so be patient—you might even want to go make a cup of tea!

after action
When the action has finished

Make Adjustments

layers
The action is broken down into many layers

With this one, I turned down the contrast to bring back some detail, added some more drips, and masked out some of the effects around the face. You can also add way more drip effects, but I think in this case, less is more.

There's an option to add horizontal drips too, which would be great to use for things in motion, like a car, for example.

The Finished Image

finished image
The finished image

3. Fibrum — Line Art Photoshop Action

Fibrum - Lines Art Photoshop Action
Fibrum - Lines Art Photoshop Action

If you fancy something a bit more modern and funky, try Fibrum, which promises a sci-fi style, outline effect.

Photo by Nikita Kachanovsky on Unsplash
Photo by Nikita Kachanovsky on Unsplash

I felt like this action needed a techy twist, so this is the image I'll be using to demonstrate. You can follow along by downloading the same image from Unsplash.

Before You Start

Make sure your image is high resolution, in RGB mode and 8-bit. You'll also need to install the action.

Create a New Layer and Brush Your Subject

Next, create a new layer above your background and title it 'mask'. Paint over your subject in any colour.

paint over the image
Paint over the image on the mask layer

Run the Action

Be prepared to wait a while. When it finishes, you should have something that looks like this.

after action
After the action has run

Make Adjustments

This looks okay but it's hard to see what it is in places. That's okay though, we can make adjustments.

First, lower the opacity of the grey background.

You can choose to add more lines, backgrounds or colour. I thought this might look fun with some colour.

The Finished Image

the finished image
The finished image

Or, if you prefer it without.

alternative image
An alternative without colour

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