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The Ultimate Collection Of Useful Photoshop Actions

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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

Lomo
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

Vintage8
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 Parchment11
Easily create aged paper with this free Photoshop action.

Old Parchment screen shot.12
1 action

Simple Stamp Generator13
Automatically create a stamp graphic with this action.

Simple Stamp Generator screen shot.14
1 action – Download15

Pseudo HDR16
Mimic the “HDR” photo effect without having to use multiple exposures of the subject.

Pseudo HDR screen shot.17
1 action

HDR For Dummies18
Here’s another easy-to-use Photoshop action set for giving photos the “HDR” effect.

HDR For Dummies screen shot.19
3 actions – Download20

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

IR Actions screen shot.
1 action – Download21

IR Effect22
Here is another method for faking the infrared photographic effect using a Photoshop action.

IR Effect screen shot.23
1 action – Download24

Photo Effect Action25
This Photoshop action can be used for grunge designs.

Photo Effect Action screen shot.26
1 action – Download27

Comics Photoshop Action28
Give your image a comic book look and feel using this Photoshop action.

Comics Photoshop Action screen shot.29
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 Vignette30
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.31
4 actions – Download site, check the “Try Me”-section32

Edge Effects33
This set of actions allows you to give your images different types of edge effects.

Edge Effects screen shot.34
8 actions

B & Big Picture35
Create a three-dimensional collage effect using one source image with the B & Big Picture action.

B & Big Picture screen shot.36
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 Actions37
Here is a ton of excellent post-work Photoshop actions.

Photoshop Postwork Actions screen shot.38
25 actions – Download39

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 Actions40
A nice collection of color actions to process and enhance your photographs.

Photoshop Color Actions screen shot.41
10 actions – Download42

Cross Coloring Tools43
Here is a set of actions for dark, mid-range, and light cross-coloring of image tone.

Cross Coloring Tools screen shot.44
4 actions – Download45

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

Image Enhancing PS Actions screen shot.
10 actions

Watermark Photoshop Action46
Automate the watermarking of your images with this set of Photoshop actions.

Watermark Photoshop Action screen shot.47
9 actions – Download48

Photographers Toolkit49
A wonderful set of actions for photographers to enhance photos.

Photographers Toolkit screen shot.50
9 actions – Download51

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 Actions52
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 – Download53

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 Actions54
This is a large collection of useful Photoshop actions.

Rather Large Set of Actions screen shot.55
40 actions – Download56

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

Photoshop Actions - 62 screen shot.
8 actions

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Footnotes Link

  1. 1 http://mutato-nomine.deviantart.com/art/Cross-Processing-ATN-37361895
  2. 2 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross_processing
  3. 3 http://mutato-nomine.deviantart.com/art/Cross-Processing-ATN-37361895
  4. 4 http://rawimage.deviantart.com/art/Polaroid-GENERATOR-V1-42651542
  5. 5 http://rawimage.deviantart.com/art/Polaroid-GENERATOR-V1-42651542
  6. 6 http://www.deviantart.com/download/42651542/Polaroid_GENERATOR_V1_by_rawimage.zip
  7. 7 http://mutato-nomine.deviantart.com/art/Hand-colored-Vintage-Photo-ATN-37412305
  8. 8 http://www.atncentral.com/Pages/alys_vintage.htm
  9. 9 http://www.atncentral.com/Pages/alys_vintage.htm
  10. 10 http://www.atncentral.com/Zip_Actions/Aly%27s_Vintage.zip
  11. 11 http://finessefx.com/pagesactions/old-parchment.php
  12. 12 http://finessefx.com/pagesactions/old-parchment.php
  13. 13 http://bobbyperux.deviantart.com/art/Simple-stamp-generator-59288109
  14. 14 http://bobbyperux.deviantart.com/art/Simple-stamp-generator-59288109
  15. 15 http://www.deviantart.com/download/59288109/Simple_stamp_generator_by_Bobbyperux.zip
  16. 16 http://www.finessefx.com/pagesactions/pseudo-hdr.php
  17. 17 http://www.finessefx.com/pagesactions/pseudo-hdr.php
  18. 18 http://360vr.com/HDRforDummies/
  19. 19 http://360vr.com/HDRforDummies/
  20. 20 http://360vr.com/HDRforDummies/HDRforDummiesV2.zip
  21. 21 http://www.atncentral.com/Zip_Actions/Dave%27s_IR.zip
  22. 22 http://hanyasatu.deviantart.com/art/IR-effect-look-77327173
  23. 23 http://hanyasatu.deviantart.com/art/IR-effect-look-77327173
  24. 24 http://www.deviantart.com/download/77327173/IR_effect_look_by_hanyasatu.atns
  25. 25 http://namflow.deviantart.com/art/Old-Photo-Effect-Action-79772052
  26. 26 http://namflow.deviantart.com/art/Old-Photo-Effect-Action-79772052
  27. 27 http://www.deviantart.com/download/79772052/Old_Photo_Effect_Action_by_NamfloW.rar
  28. 28 http://mutato-nomine.deviantart.com/art/Comics-Photoshop-action-39643547
  29. 29 http://mutato-nomine.deviantart.com/art/Comics-Photoshop-action-39643547
  30. 30 http://www.mcpactions.com
  31. 31 http://www.mcpactions.com
  32. 32 http://www.mcpactions.com
  33. 33 http://www.panosfx.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=81&Itemid=27
  34. 34 http://www.panosfx.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=81&Itemid=27
  35. 35 http://www.panosfx.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=110&Itemid=27
  36. 36 http://www.panosfx.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=110&Itemid=27
  37. 37 http://manicho.deviantart.com/art/25-Photoshop-Postwork-Actions-65223059
  38. 38 http://manicho.deviantart.com/art/25-Photoshop-Postwork-Actions-65223059
  39. 39 http://www.deviantart.com/download/65223059/25_Photoshop_Postwork_Actions_by_manicho.atn
  40. 40 http://aliceinunderland.deviantart.com/art/Photoshop-Color-Actions-54031413
  41. 41 http://aliceinunderland.deviantart.com/art/Photoshop-Color-Actions-54031413
  42. 42 http://www.deviantart.com/download/54031413/Photoshop_Color_Actions_by_AliceInUnderland.atn
  43. 43 http://kalifbanane.deviantart.com/art/kalifbanane-cross-coloring-69061662
  44. 44 http://kalifbanane.deviantart.com/art/kalifbanane-cross-coloring-69061662
  45. 45 http://www.deviantart.com/download/69061662/kalifbanane___cross_coloring_by_KalifBanane.atn
  46. 46 http://psnick.deviantart.com/art/Watermark-Photoshop-Action-78686819
  47. 47 http://psnick.deviantart.com/art/Watermark-Photoshop-Action-78686819
  48. 48 http://psnick.deviantart.com/art/Watermark-Photoshop-Action-78686819
  49. 49 http://wallstorm.deviantart.com/art/Photographers-Toolkit-1-32945091
  50. 50 http://wallstorm.deviantart.com/art/Photographers-Toolkit-1-32945091
  51. 51 http://www.deviantart.com/download/32945091/Photographers_Toolkit_1.zip
  52. 52 http://www.completedigitalphotography.com/?p=339
  53. 53 http://www.completedigitalphotography.com/registerPhotoshopActionPack.php
  54. 54 http://rocketlaunch.deviantart.com/art/rather-large-set-of-actions-89325463
  55. 55 http://rocketlaunch.deviantart.com/art/rather-large-set-of-actions-89325463
  56. 56 http://www.deviantart.com/download/89325463/rather_large_set_of_actions_by_rocketlaunch.atn
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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.

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  1. 1

    waaao, nice collection! thank you!

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  2. 2

    Wow!!! Thanks!

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  3. 3

    nice :)

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  4. 4

    i love the cross coloring action!

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  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.

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  7. 7

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

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  8. 8

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

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  9. 9

    great stuff… thanks a lot

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  10. 10

    This is very useful, thanks a lot

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  11. 11

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

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  12. 12

    omg, thanks (:
    a simply amazing collection here

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  13. 13

    nice post.

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  14. 14

    thanks for putting these together!

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  15. 15

    Cool Actions! I´ll try them tomorrow…

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  16. 16

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

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  17. 17

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

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  18. 18

    awesome actions ^^

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  19. 19

    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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  20. 20

    Thank you for a great collection.

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  21. 21

    Very awesome collection, thank you. I am downloading them all now :)

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  22. 22

    Shoot I thought these would be useful in the batch processing and time saving way.

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  23. 23

    cool action,
    thanks…

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  24. 24

    An excellent blog post!

    -1
  25. 25

    NaldzGraphics

    October 20, 2008 7:20 pm

    Really ultimate.nice jacob and SM

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  26. 26

    The best PS actions collection I’ve ever seen. Cheers

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  27. 27

    Woahhhh!!! These are really awesome!! Thanks SM! :D

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  28. 28

    I have never seen this type of effects..

    This is very Useful.

    Thanks, SM.

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  29. 29

    really nice collection.
    Thanks!

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  30. 30

    Nice Collection !!!

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  31. 31

    great job SM!

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  32. 32

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

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  33. 33

    thanks ;) the best collection ever seen

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  34. 34

    i will try actions now! ty for this examples!

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  35. 35

    Consuelo_italy

    October 20, 2008 10:56 pm

    Some of then are really wonderfull.. and so “quick”!!! :-) Thanks

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  36. 36

    Why do I keep getting the feeling this site’s intended audience is home users (most of which don’t even use legally acquired software)?
    No offense, as it must’ve taken quite some work to get such a collection of links put together, but either only list those actions that can (also) be used commercially, or save your readers the work of having to check out every single action they deem interesting by adding some info on restrictions.

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    • 37

      Who are you to say that people don’t use legally obtained software? Don’t let your own guilty conscience convince you that everybody else is a thief too. There is no data to support what you just said and it is offensive for you to assume that. Moron…

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  37. 38

    yeah, great!! very useful stuff! thanks so much :)

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  38. 39

    A very useful collection. Thanx.

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  39. 40

    Thanks.. this encourages me to start experimenting and using actions on PS, that are a forgotten feature to me right now.

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  40. 41

    Smashing as usual!

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