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The Ultimate Collection Of Useful Photoshop Actions

Saving repetitive tasks as Photoshop actions can save you a lot of time, allowing you to automate your work and improve workflow efficiency. A Photoshop action is a recording of a sequence of commands and operations that you can save and access later on.

We’ve searched for the best downloadable Photoshop actions that can help you improve your workflow and perform complex techniques with the push of a button. In this collection, you’ll find more than 350 free hand-picked Photoshop actions that you can use to speed up your graphics creation.

Note: It’s important to check the license of each action set you download and use.

Quick Introduction to Photoshop Actions Link

For those unfamiliar with Photoshop actions, they’re simply pre-recorded tasks that you can save and reuse anytime. Photoshop actions commonly have an .atn file extension. Installing a Photoshop action for more recent versions of Photoshop is easy: simply drag the .atn file onto the Actions palette or place it directly inside your Adobe PhotoshopPresetsPhotoshop Actions folder. For a more comprehensive discussion of Photoshop actions, check out this complete guide to Photoshop actions.

Image Effects and Graphic Creation Actions Link

Cross-processing ATN1
Simulate the Cross-processing2 (Xpro) photography technique using this Photoshop action.

Cross-processing ATN screen shot.3
1 action

Give your images a “Lomo” look and feel with this excellent Photoshop action.

Lomo screen shot.
1 action

Lomo Cross-processing
This Photoshop action is a combination of two popular photography effects: Lomo and Cross-processing.

Lomo Cross-processing screen shot.
1 action

Polaroid Generator4
Automatically frame an image in a Polaroid border with this set of Photoshop actions.

Polaroid Generator screen shot.5
5 actions – Download6

Hand-Colored Vintage Photo7
This is a handy Photoshop action set for giving images aged, dirty effects.

Hand-colored Vintage Photo screen shot.
4 actions

Aly’s Vintage action set is a nice collection of six vintage image effects that you can use on modern digital photos.

Vintage screen shot.9
6 Actions – Download10

Vintage Wash
Give your images an old, vintage effect with this set of ten different actions.

Vintage Wash screen shot.
10 actions

Old Parchment
Easily create aged paper with this free Photoshop action.

Old Parchment screen shot.
1 action

Simple Stamp Generator11
Automatically create a stamp graphic with this action.

Simple Stamp Generator screen shot.12
1 action – Download13

Pseudo HDR14
Mimic the “HDR” photo effect without having to use multiple exposures of the subject.

Pseudo HDR screen shot.15
1 action

HDR For Dummies16
Here’s another easy-to-use Photoshop action set for giving photos the “HDR” effect.

HDR For Dummies screen shot.17
3 actions – Download18

IR Actions
Give your photos the popular infrared effect using Dave’s IR Photoshop action.

IR Actions screen shot.
1 action – Download19

IR Effect20
Here is another method for faking the infrared photographic effect using a Photoshop action.

IR Effect screen shot.21
1 action – Download22

Photo Effect Action23
This Photoshop action can be used for grunge designs.

Photo Effect Action screen shot.24
1 action – Download25

Comics Photoshop Action26
Give your image a comic book look and feel using this Photoshop action.

Comics Photoshop Action screen shot.27
1 action

Retro Love
Achieve a retro-colored image effect using the Retro Love action.

Retro Love screen shot.
1 action

Soften Skin Effect
Smoothen skin and remove blemishes with the Soften Skin Effect action.

Soften Skin Effect screen shot.
1 action

Burnt Edges Vignette28
This action gives your photos burnt and high-key effects (available for low- and high-resolution images, see the “Try Me”-section).

Burnt Edges Vignette screen shot.29
4 actions – Download site, check the “Try Me”-section30

Edge Effects31
This set of actions allows you to give your images different types of edge effects.

Edge Effects screen shot.32
8 actions

B & Big Picture33
Create a three-dimensional collage effect using one source image with the B & Big Picture action.

B & Big Picture screen shot.34
4 actions – Download

Photo Enhancement and Processing Actions Link

Black and White Photoshop Actions
This is a set of useful actions for processing black and white images.

Black and White PS Actions screen shot.
8 actions

TLR B&W Toning
TLR B&W Toning is a large action set for enhancing and processing black and white images.

TLR B&W Toning screen shot.
30 actions – Download

Photoshop Postwork Actions35
Here is a ton of excellent post-work Photoshop actions.

Photoshop Postwork Actions screen shot.36
25 actions – Download37

TLR Sharpening Toolkit
This is a useful Photoshop action pack for sharpening RGB, CMYK and monochrome photos.

TLR Sharpening Toolkit screen shot.
33 actions – Download

TLR Tone Enhance
Enhance the tone and color of your images using this Photoshop action set.

TLR Tone Enhance screen shot.
30 actions – Download

Color Enhancing Actions
Here is a variety of actions, such as “colorboost,” “softlight,” and “contrastboost.”

Color Enhancing Actions screen shot.
10 actions

Photoshop Color Actions38
A nice collection of color actions to process and enhance your photographs.

Photoshop Color Actions screen shot.39
10 actions – Download40

Cross Coloring Tools41
Here is a set of actions for dark, mid-range, and light cross-coloring of image tone.

Cross Coloring Tools screen shot.42
4 actions – Download43

Image Enhancing PS Actions
These are ten brilliant image-enhancing Photoshop actions.

Image Enhancing PS Actions screen shot.
10 actions

Watermark Photoshop Action44
Automate the watermarking of your images with this set of Photoshop actions.

Watermark Photoshop Action screen shot.45
9 actions – Download46

Photographers Toolkit47
A wonderful set of actions for photographers to enhance photos.

Photographers Toolkit screen shot.48
9 actions – Download49

Assorted Sets of Actions Link

Photoshop Actions – 53
This is the 53rd set of Photoshop actions by =night-fate of deviantART.

Photoshop Actions - 53 screen shot.
9 actions

Productions Action
This is a set of useful actions that will simplify your workflow for common Photoshop tasks.

Productions Action screen shot.
20 actions

Photoshop Automator Actions50
This is one of the biggest sets of useful actions to cut down on repetitive tasks such as watermarking images, scaling images, and fitting images in the canvas. You need to register before being able to download the set.

90 actions – Download51

Photography Action Set
This is an excellent collection of popular photo effects, such as HDR, Lomo, Velvia, Xpro and more.

Photography Action Set screen shot.
8 actions

Rather Large Set of Actions52
This is a large collection of useful Photoshop actions.

Rather Large Set of Actions screen shot.53
40 actions – Download54

Photoshop Actions – 62
Another beautiful set of assorted Photoshop actions by =night-fate.

Photoshop Actions - 62 screen shot.
8 actions


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Jacob Gube is the Founder and Chief Editor of Six Revisions, a web publication for web developers and designers, and the Deputy Editor of Design Instruct, a web magazine for designers and digital artists. He has over seven years of experience as professional web developer and web designer and has written a book on JavaScript.

  1. 1

    waaao, nice collection! thank you!

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    Wow!!! Thanks!

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    nice :)

  4. 4

    i love the cross coloring action!

  5. 5

    I like – I LOVE – super smashing keep it up

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    Praveen Sewak

    October 20, 2008 1:44 pm

    amazing collection, this one… i am not much of a designer (more a developer) but Photoshops Actions have helped me alot achieve some of the nicest effects i would imagine.

    Thanks SM.

  7. 7

    A feature that isn’t expressed very often in designing sites, great resource! Thanks!

  8. 8

    wow, another smashing collection! keep up the good work.
    greets pandu

  9. 9

    great stuff… thanks a lot

  10. 10

    This is very useful, thanks a lot

  11. 11

    wow.. that’s a very nice compilation..
    I’m sure it can be so useful
    I’ll start to download it..

  12. 12

    omg, thanks (:
    a simply amazing collection here

  13. 13

    nice post.

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    thanks for putting these together!

  15. 15

    Cool Actions! I´ll try them tomorrow…

  16. 16

    Absolutely fantastic post! These are going to be really useful. Thank you ;o)

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    I can wait to try some of these out. Thank you!

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    awesome actions ^^

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    Boring. There is nothing creative using actions. You just click and get instant effects without thinking what happened with your image. Thats why there is a lot of same looking garbage photos everywhere. You can get far beter color and LOMO effects if you spend 5 minutes in Photoshop with open mind. And thats what I call Photoshop Fun.

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    Thank you for a great collection.


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