30 Amazing Photoshop Actions for your Toolkit

Editing or processing a bulk of photos may be too daunting. When you find yourself performing the same steps on an image then Photoshop actions is a useful tool for you.

What is Photoshop Action?

Photoshop is an image-editing software developed and published by Adobe Systems.Its Photoshop action allows you to change the look and feel of an image with just a click of a button. They are simply pre-recorded tasks that you can save and re-use anytime. By using Photoshop action, you can save a lot of time and effort because you can implement the same effects throughout the batch of photos without repeating the steps individually.

How to Install Photoshop Actions

Following these few steps to install actions on your computer.
  • Save the action on your computer. The file is often in a .zip, so you need to unzip the folder.

  • If you don’t have the unzipping software in your computer then you may download it, it is often free of charges. Else, if you have the existing software then go ahead and unzip the folder.

  • 3. Always ensure to make a backup copy of your actions somewhere in your computer, external hard drive, or DVD. This is to assure you that you will have another copy of the action in case you will encounter problems while installing the actions, or sometimes due to hard drive failure.

  • Open Adobe Photoshop.

  • Go to “Window” then “Actions”.

  • Once you are in the action palette, click the lines with an arrow down button to initiate a drop down box. It is located at the top right corner of the action palete.

  • In the drop down menu, click on the “Load actions” option.

  • Open the folder where you have saved your .atn file. Select the action you want to install. The file ends in an .atn then click open.

  • Your actions is already added in the actions palette and are ready to use.

Incredible Photoshop Actions

Pseudo HDR

This action creates an HDR (High Dynamic Range) look.
Link: http://finessefx.com/actions/pseudo-hdr/

Soften Skin Effect

Make a smooth and blemish free effect on your portraits.
Link: http://www.turningturnip.co.uk/photoshop/actions/soften-skin-actions.php

Efeito Action Dramatic Sepia

A popular effect in Photoshop that creates a warm yet dramatic feel to the photos.
Link: http://efeitophotoshop.blogspot.com.br/2012/04/dramatic-sepia-free-action.html

Vintage Pro

Creates a vintage effect to your photos
Link: http://friabrisa.deviantart.com/art/Instagram-Vintage-Pro-Photoshop-ATN-335594915

Sunny Actions

Gives a touch of sunlight to your photographs.
Link: http://lieveheersbeestje.deviantart.com/art/Photoshop-Actions-Sunny-292955726

Bright Eyes

This action is a favorite for many close-up photos because it gives an intense look to the eyes.
Link: http://www.creativebloq.com/photoshop/photoshop-actions-912784

Black and White Action

This creates a perfect black and white effect along with a silver/sepia tint to the final treatment.
Link: http://eekmary.deviantart.com/art/Black-and-White-Action-144996378?

Teeth Whitening

It quickly eliminates of yellowish tint on the teeth with a natural-looking result.
Link: http://modernactions.deviantart.com/art/action-056-quot-TEETH-WHITENING-quot-160716834

High Definition Sharpening

This action offers a one-click solution to sharpen your image, creating more vibrant look.
Link: http://www.mcpactions.com/actions/try-me/high-def-sharpening.html

Magic 3D

Creates an urbane pseudo-3D extrusions from text, shapes or layers with gloss and highlights.
Link: http://vandelaydesign.com/blog/tools/magic-3d-photoshop-action/

Edge Effects

This action offers variations of stylish edging for different types of images.
Link: http://www.panosfx.com/?task=view

TLR Sharpening Toolkit

Allows you to conveniently sharpen RGB, CMYK and monochrome photos.
Link: http://www.thelightsrightstudio.com/TLRSharpeningToolkit.htm

Wedding Enhancer’s Kit

This kit includes usual portrait effects, especially around the theme of wedding photography, such as skin smoothing, soft filter effect, and black and white conversion.
Link: http://finessefx.com/actions/wedding-enhancers-kit/

Cinema Action

Gives a cinema-like feel to your images.
Link: http://photographypla.net/free-cinema-photoshop-action/

Split Toning Action

Offers a slight change to your image, whether you want to create retro or an abstract image, you can surely achieve it with the split toning action.
Link: http://paranoidstock.deviantart.com/art/Split-toning-78470481

Watermark Photoshop Action

This pack offers different blending options that complements the background.
Link: http://psnick.deviantart.com/art/Watermark-Photoshop-Action-78686819

Outer Space

Gives your background with a complete space dust and nebulous gases look in the photos.
Link: http://www.emanueleferonato.com/2007/06/06/95/


This action is perfect for those creative minds. It allows you to customize your photos with cut-out stickers with border and shadow.
Link: http://www.deliciousscraps.com/2009/09/free-commercial-use-sticker-action.html

Stamp Generator

Another creative action that allows you to create a stylish stamp.
Link: http://www.psd-dude.com/tutorials/resources/stamp-generator-with-free-photoshop-action.aspx

Denim & Leather

A simple design that generates a blue denim texture and a sewed leather patch and embosses your own artwork onto the leather.
Link: http://finessefx.com/actions/denim-leather/

Remove White Background

This action saves you time for stripping off the white background of your image.
Link: http://mediamilitia.com/removing-a-white-background-with-photoshop-actions/

3D Box Generator

Gives your flat artwork a 3D box-render with shading and shadows.
Link: http://artbees.deviantart.com/art/3D-Box-generator-165392992

Page Curl

Creates a convincing page curl effect for your photos plus it saves time for web designers.
Link: http://pstutorialsblog.com/85/page-curl-photoshop-action/

Comics Photoshop Action

Dramatically turn your plain photos into a comic-looking images.
Link: http://mutato-nomine.deviantart.com/art/Comics-Photoshop-action-39643547?q=boost%3Apopular+in%3Aresources%2Fapplications%2Fpsactions&qo=90

Cloud Effects 3.5

Easily transform you plain and lifeless cloud image into a more intense one.
Link: http://sa-cool.deviantart.com/art/Clouds-Effects-3-5-165588739?q=boost%3Apopular+in%3Aresources%2Fapplications%2Fpsactions&qo=97

Vintage Dream

Offers a variety of vintage look for your photos.
Link: http://ameliethe.deviantart.com/art/Vintage-dream-ps-actions-78314611?q=boost%3Apopular+in%3Aresources%2Fapplications%2Fpsactions&qo=126

Soft Red Action

Creates a romantic look and feel to your photos.
Link: http://lieveheersbeestje.deviantart.com/art/Soft-red-Photoshop-Action-277607734

Forest Action

Ever wanted of a dreamy forest in your photographs? Then this action is just right for you.
Link: http://eliseenchanted.deviantart.com/art/Forest-actions-exclusive-264831989

Vivid Blur

This action adds great vivid color and a blurry effect.
Link: http://alenajay.deviantart.com/art/Vivid-Blur-43476882?qj=1&q=boost%3Apopular+in%3Aresources%2Fapplications%2Fpsactions&qo=279

Sketch Action

Gives a beautiful drawing effects yet very simple to apply.
Link: http://www.deviantart.com/art/Sketch-Action-185911772


There are hundreds of ready-to-use Photoshop actions in their downloadable form. But if you want to customize your own, making them is simple and easy. Whatever it is that you prefer, creating a stunning and creative images is surely at the tip of your finger.

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