Saving repetitive tasks as Photoshop actions can save you a lot of time, allowing you to automate your work and improve workflow efficiency. An action is a recording of a sequence of commands and operations that you can save and access later on. [Updated Dec/31/2016]
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.
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Quick Introduction to Photoshop Actions
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.
Create HDR-like effects with this Photoshop action.
Some amazing free retro Photoshop actions, a free kit of light leaks, and some free vintage Photoshop brushes.
I like the kind of coloring created here.
Express Eye Bright is perfect for a quick eye enhancement.
A Photoshop action set including two actions and a texture to emulate the look of Gum Bichromate Prints from the 19th century.
10 different film actions simulating Polaroids.
Add beautiful light leak affects to your photos.
Free High Contrast Black & White Photoshop Action.
Retro Effects & Polaroid Frame Generator Actions.
15 aesthetic vintage wedding Photoshop Actions.
Retouch skin like a pro with these Photoshop retouching actions that will let you heal, mattify, and airbrush skin with one click.
Whether it is a text or an icon, you can use this free Photoshop Action to apply long shadow effect.
Make your own tri fold brochure with just 1 click using our fold paper action.
Create round photo stickers or photos with sticky tapes.
Free Dramatic Sepia Photoshop Action.
Hard boiled Lithprint action adding a generated texture.
Bold Black and White HDR Photoshop Action.
Create gorgeous hipstamatic inspired images right in Photoshop.
Vintage Photoshop Action with some strong colors.
Photoshop Actions to Turn Night Photos into Twilight Photos.
Adding drama and intrigue to your photos.
Another free pack of retro style Photoshop Actions.
Brilliant Photoshop Actions that make your Photos look Vintage with Light Leaks.
Cross-processing is a photographic technique where slide film is processed in the set of chemicals.
Set of 10 Photoshop actions to prettify your female portraits.
Free artistic Paint, Sketch and Ink Photo Effect Actions.
This free Photoshop action will allow you to add some intensity to your photos.
Free Pack of 14 Quality Photo Effect Photoshop Actions.
This free Photoshop action will allow you to enhance your sunset photos taken during golden hour.
Give your photos an autumn feel very easily with this action.
Free Vintage Effect Photoshop Actions.
A Photoshop action that emulate the aesthetic you get with toy cameras.
Give your photos a retro look similar to those found in Instagram.
37 free Photoshop Actions to enhance your Photos.
If you want to give your photos an aged black & white look this Photoshop action will make it easy.
A really pretty hazy action that looks gorgeous on portraits or still life.
Create a Dark, Cinematic Effect in Photoshop.
A Starter Pack Photoshop Actions Collection.
There are 48 actions in this download, all free!
Apply those Instagram video effects using Photoshop.