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.

How to Turn Photos into Art With Artistic Photoshop Effects

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

1. Watercolor
Photoshop Action

How to Turn Photos into Art With Artistic Photoshop Effects

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 dorro was begging me to be turned into a work of art:

How to Turn Photos into Art With Artistic Photoshop Effects

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.

How to Turn Photos into Art With Artistic Photoshop Effects

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.

How to Turn Photos into Art With Artistic Photoshop Effects

Make Adjustments

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

How to Turn Photos into Art With Artistic Photoshop Effects

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

How to Turn Photos into Art With Artistic Photoshop Effects

2. Artista — Mixed Media Art Photoshop Action

How to Turn Photos into Art With Artistic Photoshop Effects

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.

How to Turn Photos into Art With Artistic Photoshop Effects

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.

How to Turn Photos into Art With Artistic Photoshop Effects

Run the Action

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

How to Turn Photos into Art With Artistic Photoshop Effects

Make Adjustments

How to Turn Photos into Art With Artistic Photoshop Effects

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

How to Turn Photos into Art With Artistic Photoshop Effects

3. Fibrum — Line Art Photoshop Action

How to Turn Photos into Art With Artistic Photoshop Effects

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

How to Turn Photos into Art With Artistic Photoshop Effects

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.

How to Turn Photos into Art With Artistic Photoshop Effects

Run the Action

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

How to Turn Photos into Art With Artistic Photoshop Effects

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.

How to Turn Photos into Art With Artistic Photoshop Effects

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

The Finished Image

How to Turn Photos into Art With Artistic Photoshop Effects

Or, if you prefer it without.

How to Turn Photos into Art With Artistic Photoshop Effects

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