Want to speed up photo workflows? A Photoshop action can save you time and effort when it comes to processing multiple images at the same time. In this series, you’ll learn how to use Photoshop Actions and find professional examples to use in your own design work.
Use an action to create a specific filter or style or just about anything else that you can do in Photoshop. “Record” the process and use it repeatedly. Don’t want to create your own? There are plenty of great options out there ready to download.
Latest Photoshop Action Articles
14 Apr 2021
Filters are one of the best features of Instagram. Everyone loves the idea of prettifying their photos in an instant and sharing them with their friends and family. But have you ever wanted a set of Instagram filters for Photoshop? I know I have.
The good news is, you don’t just need the Instagram app to apply filters to your photos. You can actually create even more beautiful photos with customizable filters using Photoshop actions and upload them to not just Instagram, but any other social network you want.
We handpicked a collection of free and premium Instagram Photoshop actions for creating creative and stylish Instagram filter effects in Photoshop. With a single click, you can apply these effects to your photos and customize them to your preference.
We’re also sharing our tips and advice on how to use Instagram filters in Photoshop.
7 Apr 2021
The popular double exposure effect is not an easy effect to master. Only a Photoshop expert can pull it off. But, there’s a quick workaround you can use to achieve that same effect without any effort—with a double exposure Photoshop action.
Double exposure is a popular effect now being used in advertising, website designs, movie posters, and print media. Back in the day, photographers created this effect using their cameras by combining a silhouette photo and a fill photo. Designers took this effect to the next level using Photoshop. And the digital version of the effect gives you more control and freedom to achieve the perfect blend.
You don’t need expert skills to create this beautiful effect. Simply take a look through our collection of the best double exposure Photoshop actions and use it to instantly apply the effect to your photos.
30 Mar 2021
We’ve collected some of the best black and white Photoshop actions to help you easily turn your ordinary photos into stylish images and artwork. Experiment with your photos, and create a unique black and white treatment with these stunning effects!
Black and white photography is making a comeback, and it’s now one of the most popular trends in many different photography genres. It’s also often considered a method for creating art through photography.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need expensive monochrome cameras to achieve that great black and white effect. Thanks to modern technology and Photoshop, things are now much simpler, easier, and cheaper. Now, all you need is a simple Photoshop action and you can give stunning black and white treatment to even your smartphone photos.
25 Mar 2021
Today we’re bringing you a collection of Photoshop lighting and glowing effects that you can apply to your photos and graphics with just a few clicks.
Whether you want to add a neon glowing effect to text or add a unique double-lighting effect to a portrait, this collection has many creative Photoshop effects that you’ll surely find useful and fun.
Check out our handpicked Photoshop actions and effects collection below. There are a few free items in there, as well as some really powerful premium choices that can take your effects to a new level.
What Is a Photoshop Action?
A Photoshop action is a “recorded” command that you can use later to perform tasks in the popular editing software. Using actions can help you tap into creative techniques, cutting edge post-processing styles and beautiful effects.
Here’s how Photoshop describes it:
An action is a series of tasks that you play back on a single file or a batch of files—menu commands, panel options, tool actions, and so on. For example, you can create an action that changes the size of an image, applies an effect to the image, and then saves the file in the desired format.
Actions can include steps that let you perform tasks that cannot be recorded (for example, using a painting tool). Actions can also include modal controls that let you enter values in a dialog box while playing an action.
5 Places to Find Photoshop Actions
While you can create your own Photoshop actions, there is an abundance of them available from third parties, with paid and free options. The nice thing about downloading a Photoshop action is that it can help you get comfortable with this design technique if you haven’t used it before.
Here are five places to find Photoshop actions for your projects:
- Envato Elements has a huge library of Photoshop actions that are all available to subscribers at no extra cost.
- Fix the Photo has a good collection of actions for portrait touch-ups that are all free to use.
- Shutter Pulse has an extensive library of Photoshop actions, most of which are designed for photos of people with easy to see previews.
- Creative Market includes a library of nearly 300 actions in .psd format that you can purchase one at a time for as little as a few bucks.
- Creative Tacos has a collection of several hundred Photoshop actions that are grouped by category for easy search and filtering.
How to Add an Action to Photoshop
Adding an action to Photoshop is easier than you might think. Once you add an action it is part of your Photoshop library and available to use over and over again.
Here’s how you do it:
- Download and unzip the action file.
- Open Photoshop and navigate to Window, then Actions. The Actions Panel will open. (The placement often defaults to the top right.)
- From the menu, select Load Actions, navigate to the saved, unzipped action and select it. The file you want to install ends with .atn. Many downloadable actions also include readme or instruction files that are not installed.
- The action is ready for use.