Inspired by professional artwork and traditional photographic methods I’ve custom made 5 Photoshop actions for you to download for free and apply to your photographs.
A Photoshop action is a series of tasks that you play back on a single file or a batch of files. You can build an action that alters that size of a photo, applies an effect to it, and then saves the file in the desired format.
Photoshop CC comes with a few predefined actions. They help you perform common tasks. You can use these actions as they are or customise them to meet your needs.
They are designed to cut down your editing and designing time when applying the same effects to lots of different images.
It’s not the same as a Lightroom preset because a Photoshop action can apply more adjustments.
Basically, anyone working in a creative digital space. If you are looking to make photo edits and enhancements, then Photoshop actions could be useful to your workflow.
If you search online, you’ll find other Photoshop developers who have already made actions that you can download.
Browse through places like Envato or CreativeBloq for available actions online. Once you have installed the Photoshop action, you can apply it to any or all of your images. Certain actions will look better on certain types of photos. While you can apply it to any image, it’s not a one-action-suits-all as you’ll find.
Not sure how to install a Photoshop action? Then watch this short video below to find out what you need to do to make actions appear in your Photoshop panels.
If you’re inspired to use Photoshop actions in your photo editing workflow here are 5 FREE actions to download and use straight away. I’ve outlined what type of images they work best on, but feel free to get creative.
Create a heavily stylised and abstract finish with our Fractured action. Most effective on portrait orientated images but will work for horizontal photos too. Great for the trendsetting hipsters out there!
Works Best: Portraits (vertical)
Create a crazy, psychedelic kaleidoscopic view of the world with this innovative Photoshop Action. Crop your photo square before using.
Works Best: Portraits, Abstract
If you’re a bit of an adventurer and love taking landscape photographs. Try adding a bit of a retro vibe to your photographs with iPhotography’s Blue Vintage Photoshop action.
Works Best: Landscapes
Make a little globe out of your photographs with this super simple action. Crop to a panoramic ratio before you play the action (3:1 or 4:1).
Works Best: Cityscapes, Landscapes
Go back in time and make your photographs look like a vintage style created by the father of photography Louis Daguerre himself!
This heavy contrasted sepia-tinted Photoshop action will suppress all colour in your photographs and make them look like they were taken years ago.
Give it a try on old grainy photos, or even pictures taken on 35mm to complement the feel of the action.
Works Best: Any Image