More Photoshop goodness + a FREE action. Yes, free.

Okay, friends.  A couple of things before we get to the free stuff.

Thing 1: Sorry for not having blogged in a bit.  I’m really inconsistent with blogging because I have a life.  It sometimes gets in the way of spending tons of time in photoshop and on computers.   And, unless there is something worthwhile for me to share, I just don’t feel the need to bore you all to death with the minutia of my day.  There are super fascinating bloggers out there who are really great at sharing every single detail of their lives, I am just not one of them.  I’m WAY, way too boring.

Thing 2:  PROMISE ME that you will read the PLEASE NOTE and the PLEASE NOTE THIS TOO notes below.  I’M WRITING THIS IN BIG, BOLD, BLACK LETTERS WHICH AUTOMATICALLY GIVES ME THE RIGHT TO NOT ANSWER YOU IF YOU EMAIL ME WITH A QUESTION WHICH IS CLEARLY ANSWERED BELOW. Got it?  Good.  If that sounds sassy, I’m really not meaning it to, I just want to be absolutely perfectly clear  in order to keep my inbox manageable.  I never mind answering questions, but I don’t like typing the same thing over and over again.  If that sounded mean and you are offended in any way, read the next sentence.  If not, feel free to proceed to the B&A, tutorial, & free action below.

(NEXT SENTENCE:  SO SO seriously sorry if that sounded ugly in any way sweet photog friends!  Love you!  Hugs!!  Big Cyber-niceties & LYLAS!!  (Oh, and one more reminder, please make sure you read the bold notes below!!!)  I mean that in the absolute nicest way possible! Hugs again!  XOXO 🙂 )

Alrighty, moving on….

This is a simple little B&A&A which I think you’ll enjoy.

Pic 1: the Before.  Pic 2:  Ran my “Oil Painting Technique/Action”  (Technique outlined a few posts back – Action is below.)  Pic 3.   Again, ran the “Oil Painting” Desaturated a tad, and added “Clouds” from my Gallery Collection in soft light.

Finally, you can download my “Oil Painting Action”  action for free below.  I think you’re going to love it (it’s been testing beautifully – you all should SEE some of the B&A’s people have sent me.  Wowza!)  and nobody has had any downloading issues, or other problems with it.   The coolest feature?  It won’t cost you even a penny.  It was created & tested in CS5.  Don’t know what other versions it will work with, but I’m pretty positive it won’t work with Elements.  If anyone uses it in CS2,3, or 4 feel free to let me know in the comments.

PLEASE NOTE: You will need to make sure you are brushing on the proper mask (directions are included) on the last step (where you’ll be popping the eyes – this is totally optional.)  In that one step, I accidentally left the brush on the image, not on the mask.  Move it to the mask first.  You may not even notice that part (only one of my testers did, and she’s got an eye like an eagle, which I love)  and although I contemplated re-cutting, re-testing, and re-spending a whole bunch of time getting it completely foolproof & perfect by fixing that one teensy tiny thing, I just didn’t.  So, you’re going to have to press that button yourself.   It’s a free action, after all, so you can’t be too annoyed by it’s imperfection.  That violates the karma of receiving something for free.

PLEASE NOTE THIS TOO: when painting the main effect off of your skin, I suggest using a brush set at 75% opacity.  But, you can set it at 100% if the skin underneath looks too red.  Use your judgement.

Oil Painting Action……………$0.00……………..Add to Cart

ONE MORE NOTE: Remember, this action was created and tested in Photoshop CS5.  It won’t work with elements, and although it should work with other versions of CS, I can’t vouch for it’s compatibility.  But, but, but you can still visit this post and learn the technique for yourself, step by step.

As always, comments are appreciated.  Until next time, Enjoy! – PB


April 8, 2015 - 6:40 am

Wanda - Thanks so much. I look forward to giving this new action a try. Your photos are beautiful

October 16, 2014 - 6:00 pm

agata - How truly generious of you!!!! these are amazing and so very helpful when you are still learning all the tricks of photoshop

September 21, 2013 - 7:02 pm

Ashley - Thank you for offering these free actions. I am in the beginning stages of working with actions and look forward to trying these. Will keep you bookmarked for future purchases.

August 19, 2013 - 2:07 pm

Genie - Wonderful preset for portraits…thank you!

July 29, 2013 - 10:39 pm

Tami - BeaYOUtiful! Thank you!!!!!

May 6, 2013 - 7:52 pm

Jenn - Thank you so much, Patti! I have PSE 11 and downloaded anyway. Guess what? It works!! <3

April 22, 2013 - 8:29 am

Pamela Schafer - Patti, yours was the first site I ever found when I loaded my very first PS Elements program :). I was immediately in love! I have purchased several of your overlays and they are stunning. I have now moved on to CS6 and am looking forward to the CS7 upgrade. Your work is impeccable and I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us in the future :).


April 19, 2013 - 6:07 pm

karen - Way cool! thanks so much for sharing this, can’t wait to try it out!

December 1, 2012 - 10:28 am

Corne - Thank you so much

November 20, 2012 - 11:43 am

Beth - I am AMAZED at how STUNNING this action is! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

November 5, 2012 - 10:14 pm

Dora Gomez - Thank you for your generosity. Wishing you many happy returns. You deserve the best because you give your best to others. DG

November 2, 2012 - 3:40 am

sumod - Its really amazing, thank for your effort.

October 19, 2012 - 8:23 pm

Stacey - Thank you for sharing! 🙂

October 10, 2012 - 1:28 am

Meryl - Thank you so much – look forward to trying it 🙂

September 17, 2012 - 6:30 pm

Ray Sandsuky - Thank you!! I can not wait to use the Oil Painting action!!

September 4, 2012 - 12:08 pm

Sharon - Thanks so much for the very generous freebie! Can’t wait to try it out. I just found your blog and love your work. Your Photoshop class is on my wish list.

August 11, 2012 - 5:39 pm

Felicia - I love your work! Thanks for being so generous with the freebies. I can’t wait to try them.

August 3, 2012 - 12:15 pm

Allred - Love your work. Everything is so pretty6 and soft looking. I’m new to this. Thanks so much for all the free stuff you give away.

July 10, 2012 - 5:30 pm

Chamrie - Wow! I just discovered your site and I LOVE your work! Thanks so much for sharing your talent. I am excited to play around with your actions!!!

February 16, 2012 - 4:14 am

Sarah - Beautiful action, thanks so much!

January 11, 2012 - 5:43 am

Benita - Hi again Patti, thanks so much for sharing your creative genius! I look forward to trying this action on my people and pet pictures.

December 18, 2011 - 9:43 am

Kelsey - Newbie to your site – love your work and your actions & overlays. Thanks for the free action – excited to try it out!

December 6, 2011 - 10:44 pm

sue - Thanks for this action!

November 28, 2011 - 10:38 pm

ROBYN REGAN - Thanks again Patti. xxxx

November 21, 2011 - 2:25 pm

Terri - Thanks so much! Can’t tell you how much I am enjoying your products.

November 14, 2011 - 10:30 am

Tina - Thank you muchly!! 🙂

November 13, 2011 - 9:17 am

Dee Richards - Just found you this morning and have spent most of the day looking through your website, blog and tutorials and revisiting your Kaleidoscope pages because I can’t decide which overlays I should buy first to give the required boost to my wedding photography images!! Any help on that one would be appreciated 🙂

Many thanks for the enlightenment and HUGE THANKS for the freebie downloads.

November 7, 2011 - 12:11 am

Crystal Warner - Thank you!:)

September 17, 2011 - 2:59 pm

Kathy - Thank you so much!!!!

September 5, 2011 - 12:37 am

Terry - thank you for the photo actions

August 14, 2011 - 12:00 am

arlene david - thank you patti for giving the free action mwah mwah from the PHILIPPINES with love 😉

July 29, 2011 - 2:08 pm

Lisalens - Thanks so much for the free action! It looks wondeful and I can’t wait to use it.

July 26, 2011 - 1:55 pm

Stacey speck - Thanks for the free action. I can’t wait to try it.

July 18, 2011 - 6:44 pm

Lorie - Just starting out with photography. Thank you so much for giving us this free action. I just downloaded it and can’t wait to play around with it.:)

July 13, 2011 - 5:41 pm

melanie cook - Thank you for sharing the free action! Can’t wait to use it

July 11, 2011 - 9:23 am

Audra - Thanks so much for the freebies! I “liked” you on Facebook. I tried to “like” using the side bar but there wasn’t a “like” button? You have excellent tutorials. Thanks so much for taking the time to write them up!

June 23, 2011 - 3:32 pm

Ji Campbell - Thank you! I love this action!

June 17, 2011 - 1:57 am

Lori - Thank YOU!!!
I’m just getting started in Photoshop but I can’t wait to play with your action! Also I wanted to thank you for all your wonderful tutorials…I’ve been reading for the past 2 hours and I can’t believe how much I’ve learned from you!!!

June 7, 2011 - 11:51 am

su - Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and talent. It has been such a blessing!

May 27, 2011 - 5:52 pm

nicole - Thanks so much! I can’t wait to try it out!

May 27, 2011 - 11:26 am

Patti - Letitia, the beautiful thing about Photography is that it’s here & ready when you are! Thanks for taking the time to leave some sweet comments, and I hope you enjoy them! – PB

May 27, 2011 - 11:23 am

Patti - Mel, you are so welcome! Thanks for the kind words! 🙂 PB

May 26, 2011 - 6:15 am

Mel - HI Patti!
I just wanted to pop in to say two things:
firstly: You are one talented lady I LOVE LOVE your actions and textures. Both new collections are on my wishlist!
secondly: Thank you!!!!! Sharing your talent and knowledge is a gift to us novices, but to also give away free actions for us to use is super generous.
With Great Thanks!

May 25, 2011 - 1:28 pm

Rashelle Cuperus - Thanks so much!!

May 25, 2011 - 10:57 am

Stacy Judd - Thank you so much, I’m excited to go test this out!

May 24, 2011 - 12:45 pm

heather - LOVE!!!!

May 24, 2011 - 2:59 am

Joy - Thank you!

May 20, 2011 - 3:18 pm

Letitia - Thank you for being so generous as to share your work with us. I can’t wait to get back into playing around with pictures. Work has consumed my life for the past 6 months but I’m making time for snapping pictures. Thanks again!

May 19, 2011 - 10:41 am

Lacy - You are AWEOME!!! Can’t wait to try this action out~

May 19, 2011 - 8:55 am

beth - Thank you SO much – love this! 🙂

May 19, 2011 - 5:51 am

Elizabeth - Thank you so much! I’m excited to try this new action! Looks beautiful in the examples you’ve shown. Thank you for taking the time to make it and then give it away. AWESOME! 🙂

May 17, 2011 - 12:06 pm

Lori - Beautiful! Thank you sooo much!!!

May 17, 2011 - 11:25 am

Sylvia - thanks for the action!

May 14, 2011 - 8:18 am

Tali - Thank you so much for sharing! Your work is beautiful.

May 13, 2011 - 9:38 pm

Joan Mallen - Just downloaded your oil painting action. I am so anxious to try it. Thanks for sharing.

May 13, 2011 - 6:46 pm

Mel Kel - Thank you so much for sharing!! Love actions:) Sincerely appreciate your thoughtfulness.

May 12, 2011 - 2:51 pm

Ginger - Thanks for the free actions.

May 12, 2011 - 7:12 am

Meg - Loovvvve it!! You Rock!!

May 12, 2011 - 6:30 am

Laura - Thank you so much for sharing your talent!

May 11, 2011 - 11:25 pm

Amanda - Thank you soooo much!!! This is a such a refreshing action. I love it!!! You are too generous 🙂

May 11, 2011 - 9:24 pm

Eileen Workman - Awesome! I wish I would have seen this sooner. Thank you so much.

May 11, 2011 - 9:14 pm

Jenn Reno - Thanks Patti! I haven’t been on your blog in forever and saw your post through FB. You have a wealth of info on here and I must put you in my blog reader. Thanks for sharing so freely!

May 11, 2011 - 9:03 pm

Ruth - Thanks so much for the free action….going to love it!!!

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April 28, 2011 - 10:32 am

Heather - Thank you, thank you, thank you for the free action.

April 19, 2011 - 12:59 am

Nicole - Thank you for the free action!

April 18, 2011 - 9:46 am

Sara D - Patti, thank you for this free action available for Photoshop Elements!

April 16, 2011 - 10:05 am

Tavia - Thank you Patti! I messed around with this when you presented it as a tut. I love that its in action form. Thanks for all the time you put into these freebies♥

April 16, 2011 - 4:57 am

Malinda - How nice of you to share this with all of us! Very pretty!
Thank you!!!

April 16, 2011 - 4:48 am

lisa - Thank you so much! I already have a collection of your textures! Love them!

April 15, 2011 - 3:16 pm

Diane - Thanks you! How very nice of you! I am delighted to have this. I love your work! You are very talented and oh so generous! Thanks again!

April 15, 2011 - 2:54 pm

Donna - Patti:
Thank you so much for the free action! Your work is awesome! THANKS AGAIN!

April 15, 2011 - 12:47 pm

Alicia @ Alicia's Homemaking - Patti, I just downloaded your action via Texas Chicks…the version for Photoshop Elements…and I just wanted to say THANKS! 😀

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April 15, 2011 - 10:15 am

Mike - Thanks so much for a great action!

April 15, 2011 - 9:32 am

Kara S. - Thank you so much, Patti for your generosity! It makes starting out so much easier for us, and fun to play with! You are amazing, thank you for helping us out.
God Bless,

April 15, 2011 - 9:25 am

Melissa - Thanks so much for your free action found you through Texas Chicks blog.

April 15, 2011 - 9:17 am

Andrea D. - Wow, I just found your blog/website. Your work is truly stunning. Thanks for sharing your tutorials, actions and your art with us.

April 15, 2011 - 9:08 am

Zoe Says - Hi Patti! Texas Chicks sent me over to check out your oil painting action. Thank you so much. Your work is incredible. THANK YOU for the lens blog post – that was a wonderful explanation with examples!

Happy Friday to you!

April 15, 2011 - 8:33 am

Nina - New here…..and learning so much! THANK YOU!
I found you through Texas Chicks, and will be back often.

April 15, 2011 - 8:28 am

kristin - Wozzers! Awesome free action – thank you <3 Can't wait to try!

April 15, 2011 - 8:20 am

Melissa - Thank you for the action! It is definitely going to be one of my new faves!

April 15, 2011 - 8:00 am

Debbie R - Beautiful! Thank you… I’m excited that Texas Blogs and Chicks shared this…I’ve never been to your blog or site before. You are so talented!

April 15, 2011 - 7:55 am

Carrie - I saw your free action through Texas Chicks, so I jumped on over here. All I have to say is WOW. Your actions are beautiful! Thanks so much for allowing Erin to adapt this set to Elements! I can hardly wait to try it!

April 15, 2011 - 7:52 am

Debby - Just read this. Absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much.

April 15, 2011 - 7:44 am

BPM - Thank you!!

April 15, 2011 - 7:41 am

sunni - Your pictures are amazing. I am learning a lot from your blog. Thank you!

April 15, 2011 - 7:35 am

Cathy D. - Super sweet of you! Thank you!!!

April 15, 2011 - 7:33 am

Allison - Thanks for the free action. Love your work!

April 15, 2011 - 7:25 am

Kim - Thank you sooo much for the free action and the coupon!!!!

April 15, 2011 - 7:19 am

Ann Marie - Thanks so much. Can’t wait to try it.

April 15, 2011 - 7:19 am

Andrea - Thank you so much, this action is so pretty!

March 21, 2011 - 7:31 pm

Angela - It works on CS4! Thansk for the action!!! It is so pretty!!

March 17, 2011 - 3:07 pm

Melissa - Thank you sooooo much!!!!

March 14, 2011 - 5:14 pm

Cindi - Thank you so much for taking the time to make this action! I recently shot an Irish Wolfhound who is only 5 years old but dying of bone cancer, and tried the Oil Painting action on a couple of his images — it made such a nice effect and I feel brings the images a little closer to the feeling I want to convey. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

March 11, 2011 - 1:32 pm

Patti - Hi Melissa,

Maybe you don’t have the watercolor filter installed properly? I don’t know other than that what to tell you. Maybe do a google search? Hope that helps. 🙂 PB

March 11, 2011 - 9:16 am

Melissa - I have CS5 and when i tried to run it immediately says watercolor not available. Any suggestions?

March 11, 2011 - 7:31 am

Hi Dez - Thanks for the great tutorials and this action, will test it out this weekend. I truly respect your setting some limits and boundaries it’s important for all of us to do this at times.

March 10, 2011 - 10:52 pm

Stephanie - Thanks so much, Patti! Love it!!

March 10, 2011 - 10:51 pm

Stephanie - Thanks so much, Patti!! Love it!

March 10, 2011 - 10:36 pm

Jen - I loved your tutorial post using this technique, thank you so much for making it into an action and sharing!

March 10, 2011 - 6:51 pm

tynan - thanks patti! i had tested out the technique from your last post and really liked it. thanks for making into an action and giving it away! 🙂

March 10, 2011 - 6:09 pm

Margaret - so happy to have found you, can’t wait to try your edits 🙂

March 10, 2011 - 1:49 pm

cyn mcdonald - Hey! this kind-a works in elements-,well elements 9 anyway,
load the action into the “action player”-then after it runs the first part of the action, whenthe stop message appears save it press done and switch back to full edit -your layers are intact and you can finish Patti’s directions – and who-la you have a lovely, lovely granddaughter –
thank you so much Patti what a wonderful talent you are blessed with

March 10, 2011 - 10:22 am

Chelsea - Thank you so much Patti! I tried this action in CS3 and LOVE IT! You are so generous for sharing your expertise and your work is very inspiring!

March 9, 2011 - 4:41 pm

kl - Yay thank you so much, Patti! I love it. Thank you for sharing.

March 9, 2011 - 4:06 pm

Patti A - Thanks so much for sharing your techniques! I have been using your Oil Painting technique since i read your post explaining it. Love it!

March 9, 2011 - 2:13 pm

Natalie - Wow thank you so much !! I cannot wait to try it !!!

March 9, 2011 - 2:10 pm

Natalie - wow thank you so much

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