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I will be showing some before and after images here using my Photoshop Actions accompanied
by some details describing the steps I used to achieve the end result. ~Mike Warren
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Photoshop Actions and Templates by Mike Warren ©2011

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you all a Happy Holiday and Prosperous New Year!
(Click on image to see animation)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Frame Edge Mask Set

8" X 10" Frame Edge Mask Set
Original Photo by Ray Connolly

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Vintage Sketches and Illustrations

Color Sketch
Original Photo by Oxana Kiryashoff

Black and White Sketch
Original Photo by Oxana Kiryashoff

Colorized Sketch Blended with Original
Original Photo by Oxana Kiryashoff

Original Photo by Oxana Kiryashoff

Original Photo by Oxana Kiryashoff 

Original Photo by Oxana Kiryashoff

Pop-Art Illustration
Original Photo by Oxana Kiryashoff

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Triptych Christmas Frame Template

Paste one or three images above the background layer. Use edit-transform (while holding shift to constrain proportions) to size the image under one of the openings.
Delete the excess image that may show in another opening.
Use the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to change the color of the Triptych Mat. You may choose to not use the Triptych Mat layer and just paste a 3" X 5" image in the template.
You can change the date each year using the find and replace text tool. The finished piece will print 4" X 6". If you want to get real creative you can use this template to make an Out-of-Frame by showing part of the image over the frame border. Flatten then print at home, order prints or email to friends and family.

The mat can be easily modified to create different collage compositions.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Jessica Alba Pop-Art Color Variations

Pop-Art Color Variations Action creates this nine image set
then optionally adds the mat and frame for web presentation.

Jessica Alba Pop-Art Illustration

Original Photo

Pop-Art Illustration Action

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Lith Print Landscape

Original Image

Image after running Black and White Lith Print Action

Image after running Lith Print Toning Action

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Lisa Lutz by JW Atherton Photography

Original Photo and Post-Processing by John Atherton
using my Vintage Toning Action and Glass Mat Action.
Great job John! Check out more of John's work here:

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Illustration of Boy with Spoon

Original Photo by Ray Gerrard

Illustration Action

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Grace Park Illustration


Illustration Action

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Watercolor Rendition

Original Photo by David Perry

Removed the Halter and Replaced the Background then used my
Illustration and Hand Painted Watercolor Actions.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Original Photo by Alex Dylikowski

Black and White

Half-Sepia Look

New Black and White Photoshop Action Set
Converts images to Black and White with options for adding Sepia-Tone,
Half-Sepia, Sharpening, Blurring & Darkening of the Background.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Watercolor Renditions by Janet Nix

Original Photo by Janet Nix

Watercolor Painter Action by Janet Nix
Thanks for sharing Janet-Beautiful work!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Pen & Ink Sketch of Cat

Original Photo by Kiz

Pen & Ink Sketch Action

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Orianthi and Michael Lith Print

Original Photo by Kevin Mazur
Black and White Lith Print Action
Lith Print with Toner Action
Original Photo layered over Toned Lith Print set to Softlight

Orianthi and Michael Sketch

Original Photo by Kevin Mazur

Pen and Ink Sketch Action

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Sketch and Illustration Actions Compared

Original Photo by Thomas H. Hahn

Pen and Ink Sketch Action

Illustration Action

Sarah Palin Illustration

Here is a before and after take of Sarah Palin using my Illustration Action.
After running the image through the Illustration Action, I Sharpened it then
ran the image through the Final Blur with Texture Finisher. I stop the action
after the Blur part to paint back important details using the History Brush,
then I continue the Action to add a touch of texture.

Watercolor Renditions by Janet Nix

Janet Nix did a great job with these two rose images using my
Watercolor Painter Action! She uses many different brush tips as
she applies the image back on. I like how she leaves the pencil
lines in and feathers the edges like a real watercolor painting.
Thanks Janet!

Michael Jackson Tribute

Original photo composite

Pen and Ink Sketch Action

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Add Rain Technique

Original photo by Anna Yu.

Image with Rain.

Duplicate Layer, Add Layer Mask, Paint out umbrella and couple. 
Adjust Gamma in Levels from 1.0 to 0.8 
Gaussian Blur 1.8 Pixels 
Duplicate Layer with Mask 
Fill with 50% Gray. 
Set Layer to Screen Mode. 
Uniform Noise 12% Monochromatic 
Auto Levels 
Motion Blur 19 pixels -82 degrees 
Adjust Screen Layer to 23% Opacity 
Levels: Brought in left and right sliders to base of hill 
Gaussian Blur .2 Pixels