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Go-to Photoshop actions I use and adore for art making

3 Go-To Photoshop Filters That Turn Any Photo Into Fab Artwork

Taking random photos is one thing and making them look gorgeous is another, especially when you are no photographer and your photography experience is basically limited to taking selfies and pictures of your family – just like me.

Well fear not, you’re not alone. The solution is finding just the right filters from the thousands available online and putting them to good use.

Here are three of my favorite filters. I personally use them and would recommend them to anyone wanting to do more with their photographs.

1. A Color Story

A Color Story is a platform that’s full of fabulous filters that are crafted by professional photographers and enthusiasts. Founded in 2016 by Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman, the creators of A Beautiful Mess, A Color Story is a photography + technology company specializing in mobile imaging apps, Lightroom Presets, and Photoshop Actions. Its best-selling flagship app, A Color Story, is used by millions across the globe to make fresh, colorful photos and videos.

The filters can be downloaded for Photoshop on your Desktop or installed using their mobile app available for iPhone as well as Android devices.

Although, both the mobile and deskops versions have a lot of great features, I like the Photoshop actions better as I think they give much better crisp results. Try it now.

My favorite filters is the “72 & Sunny’ from the Caluifornia collection by Ariel Vey – who happns to be one of favorite photographers. Do follow her Insta here for daily inspo. The filter instantly adds that popular coral + teal highlight effect to your image.

Go-to Photoshop actions I use and adore for art making
Go-to Photoshop actions I use and adore for art making

2. Realistic Vector

This vector action from Graphic River works great when you want to turn your photos into vector art and then draw over them using them as reference for your painting. Check it out here. The presentation is kind of tacky but the effect is worth the cost. The downloaded action needs to be installed within your Photoshop set up before use.

Realistic vector action will help you convert your photo into a realistic vector graphic, like a an art with a cartoon effect. It’s very easy, fast and requires no expert photoshop skills.

• Work with Photoshop versions that include the “OIL PAINT” filter.
• Well tested with CC 2017 and CS6
• Best for image with 3000px size
• You can adjust the contrast level using “Levels” of “Curve”

3. Fotosketcher

Fotosketcher is THE only app you need to convert photos to digital art. It’s an all-in-one desktop application that includes several fast painting effects including pencil sketches and watercolor. It produces perfect references for you to base your complete artwork on or elements that you can use seperately later to make patterns and more. Get it here.

Fotosketcher’s got Over 20 different styles are available from pencil sketches to watercolor or oil paintings, pen & ink drawings and cartoons so you can turn your photos to paintings (landscapes, architecture, portraits, etc.) automatically!

Fellow Artists

Which photo editing tools do you use? Do share links to your work using such tools to share it with our readers using the comments below.

Artist & Founder, 83 Oranges. Her design style is an invitation into the fresh, the tropical, and the vibrant. Her greatest inspiration, nature, is evident throughout her work and fills her artistic style with well-balanced colors and effective visuals in art as well as brand identity design.

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