Awesome Photoshop Actions – Free to Download

I know that some artists don’t like to use actions, preferring to create all effects through Photoshop themselves. However, actions definitely have a place in digital art. They can be both time saving and educational. For those learning Photoshop, actions provide ways of implementing effects that the learner may not know how to. Looking back through the history palette will give some clues as to how the effect was achieved.

If time is of the essence, having some good actions in your arsenal can be very useful.

Here is a list of some very effective actions – photo manipulators should have many of these on their hard drives!

Photoshop Actions

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(All images from stock.xchng)

Ghost of you Action by jonaasxlovaato

– Duplicate the background layer and name the duplicate layer ‘Capa 1’ then run the action.

Ghost of you Action

Motivation by oursolemnhour89

– Duplicate the background layer and name the duplicate ‘Fondo’ then run the action


Dreamy Soft Action by love4art

Dreamy Soft Action

hard light action PS by rosalindharrison

Hard Light Action

Skin Enhance Action by cazcastalla

Skin Enhance Action

Goddesdl action by GoddesDL

– Duplicate the background layer and name the duplicate ‘Fondo’ then run the action

Goddesdl action

Skin Glow Enhancement by iScarlett

Skin Glow Enhancement

Action Disappear by PhotographyGlam

Action Disappear

Party scene action by OurLastResort

Party Scene Action

Say Okey_Action by MademoiselleArt

Say Okey_Action

Like A Doll Action by YouAreLikeADoll

Like A Doll Action

New Action Jake Leto World 2 by JakeLetoWorld

New Action Jake Leto World 2

Warming Action by smiley8284

Warming Action

Eye Color by Jean31

– I found this action gives a better result if you set the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to Overlay

Eye Color

Action 05 by MyVampireWorld

Action 05

action 15 by night-fate

action 15

PhotoShop action 07 by xxkiriku

PhotoShop action 07

action 10 by night-fate

action 10

Movie Effect by fraggedICE

Movie Effect

PS Action by mini-mani-mo

– The resulting image from this action came out far too red, so I set the layer to Soft Light – making sure the original picture served as a background.

PS Action

Old Photo Action by shagagraf

Old Photo Action

Hand-colored Vintage Photo ATN by mutate-nomine

Hand Colored Vintage Photo

Sketch Action by cazcastalla

Sketch Action

Rainy Day Action from

Rainy Day Action

I hope you have enjoyed these actions and have may be found some of them to be ‘just what you were looking for’.

Please leave any comments below.


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