About the Download

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

    1. Load the action into Photoshop
    1. 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.

Enjoy!

UPDATE

This action has been updated to now work on PS CS6, PS 2020, and PS 2021