It takes some real skill to draw realistic characters and portraits, but there’s a shortcut you can take using this illustration Photoshop action. This action will allow you to create the outlines, colours, and shading of a digitally painted image automatically, without the need to trace, paint or draw by hand.
How to use action
Load the action into Photoshop
Hit play in the action menu
Alternatively, you can open up the action panel by going to – Window – Action, and then find the ‘Illustration Effect’ and hit the play button.
Voila! The final result is a cartoon-like illustration effect with bold outlines, vibrant colours and defined shading.
This Photoshop action works best with images at the standard size of 1920×1280 pixels.
This action has been updated to now work on PS CS6, PS 2020, and PS 2021
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