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Luiz Palhares
Luiz Palhares

Hand Drawn Photoshop Action

How to Create a Hand Drawn Effect in Photoshop

Do you want to turn your photos into realistic hand drawn sketches? Photoshop can help you achieve that with a few clicks. In this article, we will show you how to use a hand drawn Photoshop action to create stunning effects.


What is a Hand Drawn Photoshop Action?

A hand drawn Photoshop action is a set of commands that automates the process of creating a hand drawn effect from a photo. It applies various filters, adjustments, brushes, and layers to transform your photo into a sketch. You can customize the result by adjusting the settings of each layer or adding your own elements.

A hand drawn Photoshop action can save you a lot of time and effort, as you don't have to manually draw every detail of your photo. You can also use it to create different styles of hand drawn effects, such as pencil, ink, watercolor, or marker.

Where to Find a Hand Drawn Photoshop Action?

There are many hand drawn Photoshop actions available online, both free and paid. You can find them on websites like [GraphicRiver], [YouTube], or [TemplateUpdates]. Here are some examples of hand drawn Photoshop actions that you can download and use:

  • [Hand Drawn Photoshop Action by sevenstyles]: This action creates a realistic hand drawn effect with lots of details and textures. It comes with a video tutorial on how to set up your file and customize the result. You can also choose from 10 different paper backgrounds.

  • [Hand Drawn Art Photoshop Action by SlideSalad]: This action creates a colorful hand drawn effect with watercolor splashes and brush strokes. It also includes 10 color presets and 4 paper textures.

  • [Hand Drawn Marker Sketch Photoshop Action by Adam Sh.]: This action creates a sketchy hand drawn effect with marker pens. It gives you the option to change the color and thickness of the lines, as well as the opacity and blending mode of the layers.

How to Use a Hand Drawn Photoshop Action?

To use a hand drawn Photoshop action, you need to follow these steps:

  • Download and unzip the action file. You should see a file with the extension .atn, which is the action file.

  • Open Photoshop and load the action file. You can do this by going to Window > Actions, clicking on the menu icon at the top right corner of the Actions panel, and choosing Load Actions. Then, browse and select the .atn file that you downloaded.

  • Open the photo that you want to apply the effect to. Make sure it is in RGB color mode and 8 bits/channel. You can check this by going to Image > Mode.

  • Create a new layer and name it "brush". This is where you will paint over the areas that you want to keep detailed in the final result.

  • Select a soft brush tool and choose a color that is different from your photo. Then, paint over the areas that you want to keep detailed. You don't have to be very precise, just cover the main features of your photo.

  • Select the action that you want to run from the Actions panel. Make sure your photo layer is selected and click on the play button at the bottom of the panel.

  • Wait for the action to finish running. It may take some time depending on the size and complexity of your photo.

  • Once the action is done, you will see a new group of layers in your Layers panel. These are the layers that make up the hand drawn effect. You can adjust them individually or as a group by changing their opacity, blending mode, or mask.

  • Add your own touches if you want. You can add text, shapes, or other elements to enhance your hand drawn effect.

  • Save your file as a PSD or export it as a JPG or PNG.

That's it! You have successfully created a hand drawn effect in Photoshop using an action.


In this article, we have shown you how to use a hand drawn Photoshop action to create stunning effects. We hope you found it helpful and easy to follow. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below.


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