Does this work for anyone (Watercolor Artist Action Set from Adobe Create Magazine.zip) with Adobe Photoshop 2021? It would be an amazing action set to have, but it just errors out saying "Could not rasterize because the selected pattern is not available." and that a bunch of the actions just don't work or aren't available.
This would be so cute and useful... if it ever worked. THe original article outlining the steps of how to use it is here Transform Photos into Watercolors with a Free Photoshop Action.
... but then stops after a few seconds with a message "Could not rasterize because selected panel is not available.
The error message you posted says "pattern", not panel. Is the action looking for a pattern with a specific name? Is it a pattern you created? If so, double-check the spelling.
I deleted all the old action, pattern and brush files associated with the watercolor artist action and reinstalled them using the current links to the files on the adobe site and I'm still getting the same error showing "could not raterize because the selected pattern is not available." I assume it's looking for patterns that come with the Watercolor Artist - patterns.pat, not anything else. Those patterns are loaded and it still doesn't work so where do we go from here?
If the author is not responding, it may be time to move on. Some alternatives are Adobe's own Fresco or ArtRage Vitae. (Both solutions are obviously not like the action and will require heavy lifting on your part (mainly to get to know their UIs), but they both produce great results.)
I have the same question. It cannot find the correct pattern. I have loaded the patterns that come with the Watercolor Artist.
I have a Mac Studio with the latest version of the OS. Parts of the action work, but most do not. This actions looks like it could produce some good results, but as it is, it is worthless.
I'm having the same issue - so many of the commands can't be found so it creates a dark artistic image - really disappointed as I think it would look amazing!
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I was able to edit this action to make it work for Photoshop 2022. I have attached two screenshots. There is a step in the action that says "Select and Mask" (screenshot shows surrounding steps so you can find it - it's fairly close to the end of the action). Double click on it to edit that step. For Refine Mode select "Object Aware" instead of "Color Aware." Click OK. So far it's working fine for me now. I love using this action. Glad to have it working again.
Thank you for your fix! It worked for me also. The only difference is that the "Select and Mask" option was almost at the top of the list instead of near the bottom where yours was. So strange. And I found exactly where yours was but it wasn't there for me. For some reason it was somewhere else. Hopefully it continues to work!
So glad it's working for you. It's still working fine for me also. I'm guessing we might have different versions somehow which is why the step is in a different place? In any case, I'm glad this helped.
This action won't work in Photoshop 24.1 although it has just been promoted by Adobe in an email. I tried to follow your edits but please explain what you mean by edit the 'Select and Mask' step. Also, I have found two of these steps so assume they both need editing. Further, I can't find access in Photoshop 24.1 to the Refine Mode in your screenshot, please explain how to do so. Thanks in anticipation of your reply.
I'm using Photoshop version 23.5.3 so maybe things are different than your version. These are the notes I posted before. When you find the Select and Mask step in the Action (using the screenshot I posted to see where it is near the end of the action), then you double-click on that step to be able to edit it. A box will open once you've double-clicked on it. In that box for Refine Mode select "Object Aware" instead of "Color Aware." Click OK. I only had to do this in one place and it's been working fine for me. Hope that helps.
Great find, Laurel! I was almost about to give up on the action but this edit has done the trick. Thanks a lot!
I'm so glad this worked for you!
All of my work is created using this action set but I do use CS6. In my zoomable galleries section you can pan, zoom and soak up every little pencil sketch, brush stroke and paint splattter (on simulated paper texture as it will appear in final print)! Be sure to use the accompanying toolbar to enable FULL SCREEN mode for a truly immersive experience.
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I see the moderator removed the link to my website which shows many examples of the application of this Watercolor Artist script. Simply do an internet search for the term: Lakeshore Digital Art.
I wish even the instructional videos attached to the tutorials worked but unfortunately, all 3 play the same video, the installation part. My problem was that so many commands were "unavailable" as well and I end up with a big blob at the end of the action set.
FYI, I have tested BOTH the CS6 version and the PS 2022 version of the Watercolor Artist action set within Photoshop Elements 2023 and to my surprise they both work just fine with two minor stoppages that one can click through:
1. Box Blur is missing
2. Command "Set" cannot be found.
Just remember that you must install 3 separate components before running the two scripts (Setup; Watercolor Artist): Select the Pattern Brush and use the brush menu to load the Watercolor Patterns (navigate to your saved location). Select the Brush tool, open using the Brush menu (hidden near the brush) and load the Watercolor Brush set (navigate to your saved location). Finally, open the Actions Panel and use the menu to load the Watercolor Action (navigate to your saved location). I highly recommend images that are 4800px X 6000px (16"x20" output) for best looking results. Now that you have your ~50 layers of transformations go through each and every layer to hide/display/modify. I feel many of his settings and effects are inappropriate and need to be removed/added/adjusted.