5 Free Photoshop Actions

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.

What is a Photoshop Action?

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.

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Who are Photoshop Actions for?

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.

5 FREE Photoshop Actions

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.

1. Fractured Effect Action

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)

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2. Kaleidoscope Effect Action

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

Works Best: Portraits, Abstract

3. Blue Vintage Action

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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4. Little World Photoshop Action

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

5. Daguerreotype Photography Action

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

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