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25 Cool Photoshop Watercolor Effects & Filters With Texture

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25 Cool Photoshop Watercolor Effects & Filters With Texture 

1. Aquarelle Watercolor Painting Photoshop Action (ABR, ATN, PAT)

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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)

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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)

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For those who love a vintage look, Nostalgia: Old Watercolor Overlays 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)

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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)

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This watercolor action for Photoshop CC quickly transforms your photos into contemporary creative watercolor art. 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 Texture Overlay (ABR, PAT, ASL, AI, EPS, PSD)

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Now, if you need a really complete Adobe watercolor action bundle, Watercolor Texture Overlay 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)

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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)

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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!

9. Modernum: Watercolor Art Photoshop Action (ATN)

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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.

10. Watercolor and Pencil Action for Adobe Photoshop (ATN)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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!

16. Watercolor Effect in Photoshop (PSD)

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Transform your photos with Watercolor Effect in Photoshop and its terrific filters. Just open any image you want, and run the action to play with different effects.

17. Watercolor Painter Photoshop Action (ATN, ABR, PAT)

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Make cool watercolor art with the simple click of a button! Watercolor Painter Photoshop Action creates stunning watercolor effects that are editable and non-destructive.

18. Water Color Painting Photoshop Action (ATN, ABR, PAT)

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Check out this stunning watercolor action for Photoshop CC. It will save you hours of work transforming your photos into paintings. You can apply the effect to your entire photo or use it to reveal select areas.

19. Watercolor Photoshop Action (ATN, ABR)

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Make the most out of your wildlife photography with Watercolor Photoshop Action. Every time you run the action, you get a different result so that you can create your own unique look each and every time. Just open any image you want, and run the action to play with different effects.

20. TechnicalArt Photoshop Action (ATN, PAT)

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Convert a photo to cool watercolor art with TechnicalArt Photoshop Action. With 15 different color effects and three textures at your fingertips, you can easily create an unlimited number of unique results. 

21. Watercolor Effect Photoshop (PSD)

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Add texture and depth to your next photograph when you use Watercolor Effect Photoshop to create a unique piece of art. Start experimenting with this awesome watercolor effect today.

22. Watercolor Painting Effect (ABR, ATN)

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Why not use Watercolor Painting Effect to transform your favorite portrait, landscape, or still life into cool watercolor art? Just paint over the area where you would like to apply the action, and press play. 

23. Watercolor Effect in Photoshop (ATN, ABR, PAT, PSD, PDF)

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Watercolor Effect in Photoshop brings a wonderfully realistic watercolor painting effect to any text. The action offers 12 different styles, paint drops, and splatters on gorgeous watercolor paper texture. What more could you ask for?

24. Watercolor Effect Photoshop (PSD)

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Check out this watercolor action for Photoshop. It's just what you need when you want to create cool watercolor art from any of your photos. Choose any high-resolution image you want, and then apply the action.

25. Vintage Painting Effect (ATN, PSD, PDF)

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For you lovers of all things retro out there, we've saved the best for last. Use the terrific Vintage Painting Effect to give your photos a wonderful vintage look. The package contains one painting effect, two watercolor texture overlays, and three grunge overlays. Don't hesitate to download this effect and get busy creating your own work of art. 

Choose Your Favorite Photoshop Watercolor Effect

Now that you know just where to find the best Photoshop watercolor effects, head to Envato Elements and download your favorites today. 

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