COMPANY: Pencil Pixels| URL: www.pencilpixels.com | TYPE: Actions | PLATFORM: Mac, Windows | PRICE: $95
Above: Original; 60's Poster
Top left: Styled Poster Art
Left: Notepaper action + GLCarved frame Style
Pencil Pixels is a unique set of Photoshop actions that offer a one-mouse-click transformation of images into realistic art media styles. Volume 1 contains 20 distinct actions and some variations for a total of 39 all together. These actions help expand the versatility of your library of images by changing stock photos, corporate photography, product images, wedding portraits or sports shots into powerful, eye catching visuals.

Pencil Pixels Information

Over many months of development and years of producing Photoshop art, Pencil Pixels has discovered methods to simulate pencil textures, brush strokes and subtle art styles. The result is a unique set of Photoshop actions that offer a one-mouse-click transformation of images into realistic art media styles. Volume 1 contains 20 distinct actions and some variations for a total of 39 all together. Three of the actions use a Style file that is included in the support folder. A read me file also provides helpful information.

These actions help expand the versatility of your library of images by changing stock photos, corporate photography, product images, wedding portraits or sports shots into powerful, eye catching visuals.

Once a very costly project to have been prepared with traditional art methods or by time consuming painting software, images can now be a one-mouse-click away from changing the ordinary into the extraordinary!

The One-Click Actions produce the best results when used on images that have balanced lighting on a subject against a simple background. Like most actions or plug-ins, starting with a dark, soft, cluttered, grainy image will yield results, but not very good ones. It's the garbage in, garbage out theory. Color and contrast corrections as well as sharpening and cropping the original image will improve the overall results, sometimes dramatically.

Pencil Pixels uses the standard filters and editing tools of Photoshop to create these incredible effects. These actions are made from combining multiple steps, sometimes as many as 150 to 200 subtle filters and layer manipulations to arrive at the one-mouse-click action.

Both a plus and a minus to these actions are that they produce the effect with one click. There are no sliders or settings to deal with. Because of this, they do work well for Photoshop users that want to produce a good effect quickly or want to create a base image for further modifications.

It's an invaluable asset of image actions for anyone who produces newsletters, annual report art, storyboards, scrapbook themes, sales literature and much more. And why be limited to photos? These one-mouse-click actions work wonders on charts and graphs, as well as clip art AND video projects!

In addition to providing One-Click Instant Art Actions, there are some free Photoshop styles on the Pencil Pixels website, so you can display your art images in a variety of one-click Photoshop Style Frames.
Original; Wet Pencil Shading + Steel Poster