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Free Photoshop Sketch Action

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To create a drawing effect in Photoshop is really easy if you use this automated action that turns any image into a realistic pencil sketch. All you have to do is install the action and play it. The sketch effect is fully customizable so you may adjust little details. This free sketch action is made by Actions4Photoshop.


Download this free Photoshop action that creates a sketch effect with just one click. The ATN file contains four sketch actions: colored, unicolor, black and white, vintage. The action also comes with two patterns included so you have to install the PAT file before you play the action.

Simply open a new image/photo in Photoshop and play one of the actions that are labeled suggestively. Each sketch action has a different color effect that you can easily adjust. After the action is ended all the layer styles are left intact so all the settings can be adapted according to your photo brightness/contrast/color tone. The action uses a pencil sketch seamless pattern added as layer mask. To change the color, contrast, saturation, you will have to adjust the Photoshop adjustment layers that are added for every pencil sketch effect.

Free Sketch Photoshop Action

The images used in the preview images are Girl Image and Girl with Camera. So the action is created using these images so for your photos there might be small changes.


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11 comment(s) for "Free Photoshop Sketch Action"

9:34 AM Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Great Fab! :-) reply
3:53 AM Sunday, March 23, 2014
Thanks very much!

Helped me a lot. reply
9:14 AM Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Very nice actions, I would like to use them but I'm getting some errors in Photoshop CC:
- Warning: No pixels were selected.
- The command “Copy” is not currently available.
- The command “Paste” is not currently available.

Any ideas? reply
9:20 AM Tuesday, June 03, 2014
The sketch action was not tested for Photoshop CC. The only solution would be to debug the action and to try to fix it manually.
Insert Stop after the step Set Selection of the action and make the selection yourself. Afterwards try to resume action play to see if it works. reply
3:42 AM Monday, November 24, 2014
If you encounter the message:
- Warning: No pixels were selected.
- The command “Copy” is not currently available.
- The command “Paste” is not currently available.
Then you have not installed the pattern first!
inside the action you will find an PAT file that contains two patterns; you have to load the PAT file in Photoshop before you play the action! reply
6:00 AM Saturday, February 14, 2015
Lovely!! Excited to work with this! reply
4:05 AM Sunday, March 08, 2015
Abstract Sketch & Comic Book Creator

PJ Staley
PJ Staley
11:14 AM Wednesday, July 15, 2015
I'd love to use this action since I'm a psd dude fanatic, however, when I click on the download link, I get a different response than usual. A website opens up for "actions4photoshop" and I get a warning that it could be dangerous. With the other download links, it simply downloads the zip file. Why is this one different? reply
11:16 AM Wednesday, July 15, 2015
The sketch action was made exclusively for website so you will have to download it from there. The action was created and tested by me so it is safe to download :) reply
2:44 AM Thursday, June 29, 2017
Your PSD Action does not work. I read the instructions multiple times and with PSD CC 2017 it gets to the lasso stage and I'm not allowed to make a selection. I want my money back! reply
2:46 AM Thursday, June 29, 2017
For the premium actions you have to write a comment on that item on GraphicRiver. I might be a able to help you make it work! reply

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