First we need to ask What is a Photoshop Action? Each Photoshop action stores a sequential series of tasks/jobs, and by hitting the ‘play’ button you get the same effect again and again without the need to repeat steps individually.
Photoshop actions can be very powerful and a great time saver because it automates a multi-step process to get the desired results. Sadly, they are often overlooked by the average Photoshop users because they find them difficult to do exactly what they want. Photoshop Actions are very useful for image-editing because in the blink of an eye you can achieve professional effects.
You can either create your own or just load ones that others have already made. Below take a look at the top 35 Photoshop actions. At the bottom you will find a tutorial on how to create your own Photoshop Actions.
Image Enhancement Actions
Photoshop Action 2
Alter the Hue and Saturation of your images with this action
This action set includes the following photography effects for your pictures. Vintage, Lomo, Velvia, Sepia, Cross Processing, High-Pass, Dramatic, and Fake HDR Effects.
This action gives you a retro color enhancement
This action gives your photos burnt and high-key effects
Give your photos an antique look with this action
This action will allow you to get easy steps in the outline of an image with a style similar to drawing in pencil.
This action will brighten and give tonal depth to your images
This action will give your image a vintage appearance as if it is from the early 1900’s. It will only work on an image on a background layer.
A simple and individual action to soften some skin
Give your image a comic book look and feel using this action.
This simple yet productive set of 12 actions will help you create several common portrait effects, and particularly wedding portraits. The set consists of 11 effects, plus an action with some brief instructions and pointers.
An action which converts your pics into black and white
Give your images a “Lomo” look and feel with this excellent Photoshop action.
Apply 3D photo cube effect to any image.
A Velvia-like effect for portraiture that doesn’t oversaturate skin tones .
As the name suggests, this action gives your images a cool lighting effect
Adjust the tones and balance of your images
This Photoshop action gives photos an old and vintage appearance.
Enhance the tone and color of your images using this set of actions
Give your images that dreamy feel
Give your photos an aged look with this action
Set of actions including eye candy and frames.
A simple action to whiten teeth and eyes.
Turn your images to old Polaroid photos
A variety of actions, such as “colorboost,” “softlight,” and “contrastboost.”
This tool simplifies the steps needed to create the impressive and popular OoB effects.
The RAINY DAY is a set of Photoshop actions that will make your images look as if they are seen through the window while it rains.
This is a free collection of older yet very good PanosFX actions.
An old Polaroid photo effect action
This action creates a beautiful reflection effect using one of your images. The image and reflection are presented before either a plain background (black by default) or a horizon.
This is an action set comprised of 6 different actions. The first creates the generic superhero text, the second gives a thinner 3-D effect, and the third takes the 3-D text into the distance. The last three actions are “Modifiers”. These actions create a different effect on the action you’ve already run.
This action takes your text, batters it, tears it, and puts it through the ringer to create this grungy effect
There are 15 action: The Bllooz Action, The Bloo Action, The Blow Hard Action, The Cap’n Joe’s Action, The Charmed Action, The Chrome and Gold Action, The Double Action, The Krystl Action, The MAC-tastick!!! Action, The Poppin Action, The Road Rage Action, The Simply Sapphire Action, The Solar Panel Action, The Sunset Blvd Action, The Water Action.
Give your text a hammered metal look
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