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Random Striped Paper Action

I just released another paper maker action called Random Striped Paper Action. This was created from a request from Manda (aka Nibbles Skribbles) who was looking for a quick way to make randomly striped papers. It’s currently on sale for 30% off through July 5th. Check it out …


While the stripes created aren’t truly random, they’re about as close as you can without me having to learn how to actually script in Photoshop. Stay with me a bit and I’ll tell you how it works.

This is a VERY interactive action; that’s why there are 2 versions — “interactive” and “no-stops.” I use a lot of stops to guide you through creating your paper, but after you’ve run it a couple of times, you probably don’t want to hear about it. However, I’ve only turned off the stops. By doing it that way, if you do forget where you’re at, you can just twirl open the stop and read what it says. Yes, it’s hard to read, but you can do it. (By the way — just click on the image to make it larger.)

turned-off-stopsIn the screenshot, you can see the empty box next to the stop … that means it’s turned off. The red check-mark next to an action also tells you there are steps that are turned off in that action. If you are running this in Photoshop, you can actually turn these back on. Unfortunately, you can’t do this in PSE.




stripes1-action-listThis product is actually made up of quite a few actions, 5 are random stripes, 3 are accent (thin) stripes, and 3 are dotted stripes. You’ll also find a “start here” and “finish paper” action. They pretty much do what they say. The start here action creates your background plus a transparent layer above it. The finish paper simply flattens your layers and prompts you to save your creation.

The randomness is based on the order in which you run the various stripes actions and the number that you decide to run. I do suggest suggest that you run the random stripes first then finish up with the accent and dotted stripes. However, the fact that I don’t merge any of these layers until you run the finish paper action means you are free to play with them … recoloring, reordering, deleting OR even running another one of the stripes actions. Below is a paper I created where I’ve pointed out the action I used for that particular stripe.


As I mentioned, when you’re done, just run the finish paper action to flatten things. If you want to do more to your paper (like add some textures), you can still save the initial flattened result, or just cancel out when prompted to save.

Here’s the final result for this paper. I’ve also included the layer stack so you can tell what I used to finish it up. What you can’t see is that the overlay blend mode is set to Soft Light.


That’s it for today, but be sure to come back tomorrow to see some tricks my creative team came up with to extend this action even further. PLUS, there will be a freebie.




  1. Jill, Very cool – as always!

  2. I LOVE stripes! Does this action take a lot of ram? I am running CC2014 in Ubuntu (Linux) under WINE. Even with my fast computer, it occassionally has issues. I am just afraid if I buy it and can’t use it… 🙂

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