with Photoshop Actions
Create generative art in Photoshop without writing any code.
Download example actions(.atn) and custom brush files(.abr)
Each example action demonstrates how to use a generative design technique such as randomization and recursion.
Note: Actions are not meant to be used as a design tool. This project is a "creative misuse" of the intended functionality.
The example actions provided here are meant to be modified, combined, extended, and shared.
The screenshots below show example results of playing each action.
Note which item is highlighted in the action panel in each screenshot. Also, note that Actions are not typically used as a design tool and this is not the intended functionality.
Random Shape Generators
Examples using noise filter to generate random shapes.
Random Color Generators
Examples using noise filter to generate random colors.
Using simple transform and warp repeatedly to create arrays.
Basic simulations of "growing" organic patterns
Fractal Trees + L-Systems
Creating basic fractal patterns using simple repeated transforms.
Shapes from Shapes
Generating shapes from the interior of other shapes.
Actions with Brushes for Randomization
Combining brushes with actions is a powerful way to generate random shapes and colors. Some even begin to mimic particle effects like raindrops.
Combining random shapes, colors and using the content-aware fill tool to generate a randomized composition