5 Free Photoshop Actions

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Inspired by professional artwork and traditional photographic methods we’ve custom made these Photoshop Actions for you to download and apply to your photographs. We’ve got lots more content like this to help you with your photography adventure. Join our world-class online photography courses and become a master photographer.

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What is a Photoshop Action and how do you use them?

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Photoshop Actions are automated processes that can do a variation of pre-determined functions. They are designed to cut down your editing and designing time when applying the same effects to lots of different images.

Not sure how to install a Photoshop Action? Then watch the short video…

(NB. You won’t need to crop photos for all actions)

Fractured

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)

Click Here to Download Fractured Action

Kaleidoscope Action

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Create a crazy, psychedelic kaleidoscopic view of the world with this innovative Photoshop Action. Crop your photo square before using.

Works Best: Portraits, Abstract

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Blue Vintage

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

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Little World Action

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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

Click Here to Download Little World Action

Daguerreotype

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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 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

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The other challenge when shooting through glass is the tinting. Unfortunately, architects and designers didn’t think about us photographers when creating these skyscrapers.

Their windows are invariably tinted in some way to help with heating.

This means that some of your photos may have a green/grey tint to them.

It’s not the biggest issue as you can rebalance this tint in editing with the ‘tint’ slider for example.