Adobe Photoshop has a powerful programming language built into it, allowing users to record various tasks as an ‘action’ and replay the steps to automatically complete the tasks. Not only can you record your own, you can also import actions, opening up a wide range of great effects and time-saving options.
In this article, we’ve rounded up some of the best Photoshop actions that are free to download and install.
With Polanoid Generator 3, you can finally turn your image into a Polaroid instantly with one of its 10 different effects. It includes color treatments and shadows automatically, and it’s one of those Photoshop actions you’ll use again and again. It’s perfect for graphic designers!
High key requires a credit if you use it, but offers an extremely simple way to convert a regular photograph into a stunning high-key portrait with clean lines and an almost dreamy finish, without compromising important areas of contrast.
The final stage of image presentation should be to sharpen your photos according to the final delivery method. But you sharpen differently for print or screen. This free Photoshop action from MCP Actions is ideal for photographers as it offers a simple one-click solution to sharpening, with the ability to control the degree of sharpening that’s been applied after the fact by adjusting the photo’s opacity and masking of layers.
Photoshop actions are useful but it’s even more important for wedding photographers, especially when they’re dealing with a huge number of photos. The Wedding Enhancers Kit provides a set of 11 actions that automatically create common portrait effects, especially around the theme of wedding photography. The kit includes skin smoothing and soft filter effects, as well as b/w conversion.
This simple Photoshop action is based on a tutorial on how you can create a convincing page curl effect. But with the action, there’s no need to take all the suggested steps – simply click and run for a handy time-saving effect. It’s perfect for web designers.
This unique Photoshop action from JonasFan93 creates a pseudo 3D anaglyphic image by separating out color channels within your photo and offsetting them. It offers a number of different styles that are more suitable for use in printed brochures and web design where you’re aiming for a stylized effect. The Action 3D effect is best suited for photographers and designers.
This simple set of actions allows you to quickly change the color of the eyes in your photos. You can choose from a set of different actions according to the color you like, and make final adjustments for your desired look. It’s a great time-saver for photographers who need to alter eye color.
With this handy effect from ModernActions, you can quickly and easily whiten teeth with a natural-looking result. The script targets particular tones, brightening off-whites for a simple way to achieve a more pleasing set of pearly whites!
Dramatic Sepia is a great action that offers a slightly more refined version of the standard sepia effect by adding a contrast curve to age the final result so that it feels like a faded photograph. This action offers a great way to communicate a sense of age.
With the right Photoshop actions, you can improve your complexion in photos. With Skin Glow Enhancement, you can bring skin tones to life with a healthy glow. It also has the effect of warming the entire image slightly, making for a sun-kissed tone.