Create beautiful watercolor effects with simple Photoshop actions! Check out these amazing Adobe Photoshop watercolor effects we've gathered for you.
Watercolor is one of the coolest mediums to explore. All you have to do is begin by mixing colorful paints with the magical qualities of water for stunning, artistic results.
But if you don't have as much time on your hands, you can achieve the same realistic effects with just a Photoshop action! And we've put together a great selection of premium watercolor filters and add-ons to help give your photos and designs cool watercolor textures.
Hand-picked from the latest assets to hit Envato Elements and Envato Market. These Adobe watercolor actions are incredibly easy to use, even if you're a beginner to Adobe Photoshop. Want to see these Photoshop watercolor effects in action? We've tried a few out!
Envato Elements: Get the Best Photoshop Effects (With Unlimited Use)
Envato Elements is our subscription-based marketplace. This means that for a low monthly price, you can go there and download as many Photoshop watercolor styles as you need. Plus, you can cancel your subscription anytime. We've got thousands of Photoshop actions, add-ons, and all the digital assets you may need.
This is a great offer if you're a photographer, graphic designer, digital artist, avid Photoshop user, or if you're in any creative field and constantly work with design software.
15 Top Adobe Photoshop Watercolor Effects to Get From Envato Elements
Let me share with you some of the coolest Adobe watercolor actions we've got. You'll be creating cool watercolor paintings in no time after you see this selection.
1. Aquarelle Watercolor Painting Photoshop Action (ABR, ATN, PAT)
Have you ever wanted to create cool watercolor paintings in a fraction of the time? Now it's possible with this unique watercolor action, which is based on traditional watercolor techniques and will turn your images into works of art. The Adobe watercolor action works great on landscapes, architecture, buildings, and still life. Create a cool watercolor paper texture in Photoshop with this action.
2. Miniaturum: Watercolor Sketch Photoshop Action (ABR, ATN, PAT)
There are plenty of Photoshop watercolor effect styles to choose from at Envato. If you're looking for a minimalist or simpler look, this watercolor action for Photoshop CC will be great for you. The action is easy to use, and you'll have a stunning result.
3. Nostalgia: Old Watercolor Overlays (PSD, ABR)
For those who love a vintage look, this Adobe Photoshop watercolor effect hits all the marks. You can turn your photos into old watercolor framed pictures in seconds. The Photoshop watercolor filter plugin comes with 11 frames, six old paper textures, and more. This is a great way to convert a photo to a watercolor painting.
4. Watercolor Photoshop Action (ABR, ATN)
Get this unique watercolor action and create cool watercolor paintings in a few clicks. It's one of our most popular Photoshop watercolor filter plugins because it's really easy to apply. You might want to convert a photo to watercolor painting for free, but sometimes it's best to invest a little in a good watercolor filter for Photoshop.
5. Artistic Watercolor Photoshop Action (ABR, ATN, PAT)
This watercolor action for Photoshop CC quickly transforms your photos into contemporary creative watercolor artworks. The Photoshop watercolor filter works best with figures, models, inanimate objects, and other photos. The final composition is fully layered and provides plenty of customization options.
6. Watercolor Magic Volume 1 (ABR, PAT, ASL, AI, EPS, PSD)
Now, if you need a really complete Adobe watercolor action bundle, this is a great option. This watercolor splash generator comes with 15 realistic Photoshop watercolor effect styles, 25 handmade brushes, 15 seamless patterns, 31 hand-drawn vectors, and the ability to combine them all with minimal effort.
7. Lively Photoshop Action (ABR)
Want a cool effect like the result below? Just use the incredible Lively Photoshop action. Mix and match colorful watercolor textures with a cool sketch effect for one insane result.
8. AquaFlow Watercolor Generator (ABR, AI, ASL, EPS, PAT, PNG)
You don't need a photo to enjoy the lovely benefits of watercolor art. Try this watercolor generator, for instance, which allows you to create awesome, realistic textures for your shapes, logos, and text. You'll also get a bonus of over 150 hand-crafted vector illustrations to take your work to the next level. Try it out!
Transform your travel photography with fantastic Photoshop watercolor effects! The Modernum action does all the work for you by applying highly detailed watercolor filters to your photos. Customize your work even further by playing with the ten different color presets available.
Many artists lay down their watercolor illustrations with a bit of pencil work first. And you can achieve the same workflow with this lovely watercolor Photoshop action. Get started with your favorite image before applying a number of presets. You'll love this unique look!
11. Watercolor Photoshop Action (ABR, ATN, PAT)
Turn your selfies into magical watercolor royalty with this superb Photoshop action. Designed for portraits and more, this action comes as a well-structured file that is easy to customize. Get access to high-quality brushes and patterns, all in one file.
12. Painter Photoshop Action (ABR, ATN, PAT)
Create imaginative editorials with this awesome Painter Photoshop action. This action contains ten color effects that are fully layered and organized for hassle-free productions. Achieve countless watercolor results with one well-rounded action. Check it out!
13. Watercolor Scene Text Mockups (PSD)
Step up your social media game with this series of watercolor text mockups. These easy-to-use templates feature fully editable smart objects positioned in realistic painting scenarios. Just switch out the text with the message you want, and adjust the colors to fit your needs.
14. HyperFuze Photoshop Action (ATN)
Pump up the energy in your flyers and posters with the superb HyperFuze action. Explore fantastic watercolor textures mixed with neon colors and glowing graphics! This action is best used with versions CS3 and above, so make sure you have the latest software before downloading. Enjoy!
15. Valentinum: Sweethearts Photoshop Action (ABR, ATN)
Celebrate love with this romantic Photoshop action. Designed for romance and inspiring holidays, this action creates a cutesy watercolor effect with bonus heart shapes. Surprise your friends and family with your edits, or create a unique greeting card. Try out different effects!
GraphicRiver: Best Source for Photoshop Effects (Get One at a Time)
On the other hand, if a subscription isn't your thing and you prefer to buy digital assets one at a time, then our single-purchase marketplace is the perfect option for you.
Browse through hundreds of Photoshop watercolor filter plugins and buy them when you need them. We offer premium items with the highest quality in our Envato marketplaces.
10 Best Photoshop Watercolor Styles From GraphicRiver
To show you what I mean, here are some of our best watercolor splash generators and actions available in our single-purchase marketplace:
1. Watercolor Creation Kit (ABR, PAT, ATN)
This stunning watercolor action for Photoshop CC is one of the best you'll find. What makes this unique watercolor effect stand out is that you can choose from various texture presets. All the textures were hand-painted, scanned, and converted into seamless patterns. Apply the effect to your entire photo or reveal only the areas you want. Use it to create the most realistic and cool watercolor paintings.
2. TechnicalArt Photoshop Action (ABR, ATN, PAT)
Convert a photo to a watercolor painting with this bundle pack. You'll get a selection of watercolor effects for Photoshop and traditional art effects and textures, all in a handy action! Check out how this was created in our tutorial on How to Make a Watercolor Effect in Photoshop.
3. ColoreeXign Art Photoshop Action (ABR, ATN, PAT)
Make cool watercolor portraits with the simple click of a button! This gorgeous action creates magical, watercolor-themed portraits complete with realistic textures, splashes, and more! Get a cool watercolor paper texture in Photoshop with this action. Start experimenting with this watercolor effect in Photoshop.
4. Watercolor Oil Paint Photoshop Action (ABR, ATN, PAT)
Make the most out of your wildlife photography with this beautiful Photoshop action. Mixing two creative mediums in one, this action gives your photos that watercolor effect and oil painting look! Just open any image you want, and run the action to play with different effects.
5. Solid Watercolor Photoshop Action (ABR, ATN, PAT)
Want to convert a photo to watercolor painting for free? Consider investing a little in a good watercolor filter for Photoshop. Architects often use watercolor as a creative medium for their architectural drawings. Get that same stunning, professional look with this watercolor Photoshop action. Choose any high-resolution image you want, and then apply the action. Give it a try!
6. MixDxign Watercolor Art Photoshop Action (ABR, ATN, PAT)
Change any object, building, or special memory into a colorful watercolor painting! This watercolor Photoshop action from MixDxign lets you scale, rotate, and even blur your designs for fabulous results. Just download the action to get access to a wide variety of color effects and controls.
7. Papyrum: Vintage Grunge Photoshop Action (ABR, ATN, PAT)
Pay respect to our creative ancestors with this clever Papyrum Photoshop action. Designed to look like a recreation of vintage water and ink drawings, this action saves you valuable time by creating the effect in seconds! Get highly detailed results that look as if they were made on papyrus.
8. Oily Watercolor Paint Photoshop Action (ABR, ATN)
Combine the look of two popular mediums for an extraordinary effect! This oily watercolor Photoshop action creates highly detailed results with one straightforward action. It's been specially made for photographers, designers, and artists, so use it to access your fullest creative potential. Give it a try!
9. Watercolor Vector Photoshop Action (ABR, ATN)
Achieve a watercolor plus vector effect with one simple action. Great for beginners, this Photoshop action applies cool watercolor textures to your photography for amazing looks. Just paint over the area you would like to apply the action, and press play! So easy!
10. Watercolor Photoshop Action (ABR, ATN, PAT)
Check out this watercolor action for Photoshop. You'll get ten premade color options and ten color effects. We also have a tutorial to accompany this to see how the brushes were created.
Learn More About Photoshop Actions
Are you a Photoshop beginner user? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Check out these cool resources to learn more about Photoshop actions.
- What Are Photoshop Actions and How to Install Photoshop ActionsKirk Nelson20 Jan 2021
- How to Use Photoshop ActionsMelody Nieves21 Oct 2020
- How to Install Photoshop ActionsMelody Nieves14 Dec 2018
Explore More Fantastic Photoshop Actions
I'm sure you feel inspired to try the Photoshop watercolor filter plugins I showed you. But in case you need more Photoshop actions and tutorials, I've got some useful resources for you:
- 100+ Super Awesome Adobe Photoshop Actions From Envato ElementsMelody Nieves09 Dec 2020
- How to Create an Abstract Watercolor Effect Photoshop ActionMarko Kožokar21 Jul 2020
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- 24 Best Photo to Pencil Drawing Effect Actions for PhotoshopMelody Nieves16 Jun 2022
- How to Create an Awesome Dispersion Action in Adobe PhotoshopMarko Kožokar19 May 2020
- 50 Amazing & Cool Photoshop Action TutorialsMonika Zagrobelna18 May 2020
- 50+ Best Free Photoshop Actions of 2022Nona Blackman08 Mar 2022
- 20 Best Photoshop Actions With Cool Art Effects for PortraitsMarie Gardiner17 Apr 2022
- 36 Best New Photoshop Actions & Photo Effects (Updated for 2022)Melody Nieves06 Nov 2021
- 15 Free Photoshop Light Leak Actions and OverlaysAndrew Childress20 Jun 2022
- 100+ Great Photoshop Tutorials for Clever BeginnersDanny Outlaw15 Aug 2022
- How to Create a Pastel Color Swatch in PhotoshopIvan Gromov20 Aug 2020
- The Must-Have Adobe Photoshop Assets for Designers and Digital ArtistsMary Winkler01 Mar 2019
Start a New Watercolor Design Today!
This has been a collection of premium resources perfect for the avid designer. For more Photoshop watercolor styles and watercolor splash generators, check out Envato Elements and Envato Market. Happy designing!
Editorial Note: This post has been updated with contributions from Maria Villanueva and Janila Castañeda. Maria is the Associate Editor of the Tuts+ Design channel and Janila is a staff writer with Envato Tuts+.