Turn any photo into a beautiful painting with these Photoshop actions by SparkleStock! To create the realistic painting effects, these actions combine Photoshop filters with seamless textures created from real watercolor and acrylic paint. These actions will work if you have Photoshop CS3 or newer so download and try them out now!

Realistic Watercolor and Acrylic Painting Effects

You can turn any photo into artistic painting effects with just one click. Simply load the actions into Photoshop, play an action, and you’ll get a painting effect. And for the professionals, you can adjust every layer. The effects are nondestructive and they won’t merge your layers.

Lite vs Pro

The free Lite download will give you three painting effects (Modern Watercolor, Stenciled Acrylic, and Neon Watercolor on Black). You can upgrade to the Pro version to get all eight effects.



These actions combine seamless textures made from real acrylic and watercolor paint. The download comes with two files, a Photoshop Actions file and a Photoshop Patterns file – both need to be loaded into Photoshop before you can use them.




Download Watercolor and Acrylic Painting Effects

To install, simply doubleclick the ATN and PAT files. The actions will appear in your Actions panel (Window > Actions). For more help, read our article on how to use Photoshop actions.

  • Modern Watercolor
  • Stenciled Acrylic
  • Neon Watercolor on Black
  • Complementary Watercolor
  • Stenciled Watercolor Splatters
  • Pen and Watercolor
  • Grunge Acrylic
  • Neon Acrylic on Black

14 thoughts on “Free Download: 3 Awesome Actions to Create Watercolor and Acrylic Painting Effects”

  1. This is putting bubbles all over my picture. If I delete the layer it doesn’t look anything like your example. Is this compatible with Photoshop CC??

    1. Photoshop Tutorials Staff

      You need to load the PAT file. Doubleclick on the PAT file or load it manually in Photoshop. More specific instructions are in the instructions.html file

    1. Photoshop Tutorials Editor

      Make sure you’ve loaded in the .pat file (Photoshop Patterns). Doubleclick it and it should show up in your Preset Manager (Edit > Presets > Preset Manager) under the “Patterns” dropdown menu. If it’s not there, click the Load button and browse for the .pat file to load.

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