Impressionist Photoshop Effect

Create a painting photo effect in Photoshop with a few clicks

Transform your photos into creative abstract art!

Make sure to watch the video tutorial for how to set up your Photoshop file and customize the effect.

Special thanks to Pixel_Grease for providing design examples.

The Action has been tested and working on Photoshop (English only) CS3, CS4, CS5, CS6, CC, CC 2015.5, CC 2017, CC 2018, CC 2019, 2020+

Important to know

  • Make sure you are using the English version of Photoshop to run the Action on. All Sevenstyles Actions will only work in the English version of Photoshop.
  • Check you are using a version of Photoshop that the Action supports.
  • Watch the video tutorial to ensure you have your Photoshop file setup correctly. You can view the video tutorial in the above ‘Tutorial‘ section. A link to the tutorial is also included in the ‘Readme‘ file in the download.
  • Use high-resolution photos with the Action for the best results and to avoid errors. An optimal photo resolution is between 2000px – 4500px.
  • With Adobe Creative Cloud, you can install multiple versions of Photoshop. If you like this Action but is not supported on your version of Photoshop, you can always install an additional version of Photoshop to run the Action on. Once an Action has been tested and working on a version of Photoshop, it will always work.
  • Use Jpeg images to run the Action on. Other file types such as TIFF, BMP, PNG, PSD can cause issues with Actions, as Photoshop disables various features for different file types.
  • If a Sevenstyles Action includes a brush (.abr), pattern (.pat) or shapes (.csh) file in the download, then it must be loaded into Photoshop before playing the Action.
  • Avoid using the Action on logos or clip art style images as the lack of detail and color contrast can lead to errors.

Having troubles with the Action?

  1. Double check you have your file setup correctly as shown at the beginning of the video tutorial.
  2. Check the resolution of your photo. If its a low-resolution photo (<1000px), take the shortest length of your photo and increase it to around 2500px or more.
  3. Have a look at my support topics here. I list all common errors with solutions.
  4. If you are still stuck, please email me with a screenshot of your entire Photoshop interface where the error shows. Please let me also know what version of Photoshop you are using so I can help you faster. You can find my email address in the ‘How to contact me‘ topic on the support page.

Create custom effects

Photo effect Actions can be combined to create new effects. Follow these steps below:

  1. Run the first Action on your photo.
  2. Once you are happy with the result, save your design as a Jpeg image.
  3. Close your Photoshop file and re-open the image you just saved.
  4. Now run another Action over your photo! This will then stack the second effect on top of the first.

There are so many undiscovered effects that can be created!

Thank you for your support and I hope you create some cool effects! Check out my portfolio for the full collection of photo effects and other products I recommend.


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I paid for this in my local currency which is a lot of money and I’m also a student, it’s my first time ever paying for something and it isn’t working!!!! This is just so unfair, is that why the comments are off?? I want a refund or find a way to make it work!!

actions are not working properly, I need to hit ‘OK’ for every step it makes (100s). The only results are a black mess, original image does not show or have any effect on the final image. No wonder they turned off the comments on their video. I want my money back!

Hey Robert,

If you need to hit ‘OK’ on every step, it means you have the ‘Toggle Dialog’ switch enabled for the Action. Please send me an email ([email protected]) and I will show you how to fix it. Its a quick fix and all will then work for you.

Alternatively, take a look at the support topic toward the bottom of the support page here ( There is an image referencing the toggle dialog switch.

Thanks Robert,

I was curious about these photoshop actions but was proved right. These actions are amazing and easy to use. Has given my artwork creation a whole new perspective. Have purchased others over the last few days.

Thankyou Lee!

If you need help with this Action or any other Sevenstyles Action, please visit the support page here.