Published on October 15, 2023

Create an abstract pattern with Actions

In this blog I’ll show you how to create an action to make colorful abstract patterns in Adobe Photoshop!

Rather watch the video with instructions? Then click here to open the tutorial on YouTube or scroll down to the end of this page.

Step 1: Create action

First create a new file. My file is 1920 x 1080 pixels (resolution 300) with a white background.

Then navigate to ‘Filter > Noise > Add noise‘. You can find the settings I used in the image below. Copy these settings.

Add noise

Then open the actions pannel (Window > Actions).

Click on the + icon to create a new action. Name your action and then press ‘record‘.

Record action

Press CTRL+J to duplicate the background layer.

Then press CTRL+T to activate free transform. Right click on your image and select ‘rotate 180°‘.

Rotate image

Make this layer a bit larger (see image below). Then click on the ✓ icon.

You can now press ‘stop‘ to stop recording.

Stop recording

Step 2: Create pattern

Select the action you just created. Then click on the play icon to play to action.

Continue pressing play to repeat the action until you’re happy with the effect. I ended up with 9 layer copies.

Play action

Now select all your layers. Right click on them and select ‘merge layers‘. You’ll now have only one layer left.

Navigate to ‘Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp mask‘. Copy the settings in the image below.

Unsharp mask

And that’s how you create an action to make abstract art in Adobe Photoshop!

Abstract pattern

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