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.
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29 May 2023
45+ Best Vintage & Retro Photoshop Actions & Effects
Design trends come and go, but there has always been a trend that stood the test of time—vintage and retro-themed designs. Today we’re diving into our favourite vintage Photoshop actions!
No matter how advanced design and technology becomes, there will always be people who appreciate the beauty in classic and retro design. This is why we still see vintage themed posters, greeting cards, banners, and even photographs everywhere.
Photoshop makes it easier than ever to create authentic vintage effects. In this post, we’re featuring a collection of the best retro and vintage Photoshop actions you can use to apply retro effects to your own designs with just a single mouse click.
We’re also featuring tips for vintage and retro designs, with advice on how to use and apply these Photoshop actions.
12 May 2023
20+ Best Artistic Photoshop Actions & Filters for Art Photo Effects
If you enjoy experimenting with cool artistic Photoshop effects, you’ll want to download all of the art photo filters and effects on this list.
As huge fans of Photoshop actions, we can’t get enough of collecting cool Photoshop actions. And we know you feel the same way too. That’s why we wanted to create yet another collection of Photoshop actions.
In this collection, we focus on PS actions and filters that allow you to add artistic effects to your photos. There are many different styles of actions, overlays, and PSD templates for you to enjoy. Have a look.
9 May 2023
20+ Best Vintage Photo Filters for Photoshop
Creating a classic vintage look for your photos only takes a few seconds when using Photoshop filters. Today, we have a whole bunch of amazing vintage photo filters for you to download.
When it comes to adding light leaks and beautiful vintage film looks with Photoshop, there are so many different effects and filters you can use. However, one of the easiest and most efficient ways to create such looks is to use Photoshop actions or pre-made templates.
We filled this collection with lots of Photoshop vintage effects. There are different styles of vintage filters here for wedding photography, portraits, Instagram selfies, and much more. Make sure to download them all.
9 May 2023
20+ Best Photo to Illustration Actions & Filters for Photoshop
One of the coolest things you can do with Photoshop is transform photos into art and illustrations.
It’s fun seeing your photos turn into artworks but this Photoshop technique has a function beyond just entertainment. It’s actually commonly used in designing posters, flyers, book covers, and various other designs to create unique art and graphics.
And the best part is you can create photo to illustration artworks without any drawing or painting skills. All you need is the right Photoshop action.
We found the perfect collection of Photoshop actions that allow you to instantly transform your photos and images into illustrations. Check out the list below and start experimenting. We also included a few free PS Actions for you.
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.