Photoshop is an extremely powerful tool that gives unlimited potential to photographers. While the endless possibilities are great, editing your photos can take a considerable amount of time. One effective way to reduce the amount of time you spend in Photoshop is to make use of Photoshop Actions.
What is a Photoshop Action?
An action is basically a script that applies specific adjustments to a photo. With the help of actions, you can apply an effect in a matter of seconds, rather than spending several minutes to complete the same steps manually.
Photoshop allows you to create your own actions, or you can download and install actions that have been created by other photographers. There are many different websites that sell actions, and you can also find some quality actions that are available for free.
The problem with free actions is that you need to spend many hours browsing the internet to find free actions that are of the best quality.
But don’t worry, we’ve cut out the hard work for you by putting together this collection of 50 excellent free Photoshop actions!
Below you will find a collection that includes actions that will allow you to easily create a wide variety of effects with your photos. Browse this collection, find the ones that interest you, and download them. If you’re a Lightroom user, please see our collection of 50 free Lightroom presets.
3. Oil Painting
4. Faded Cross Processing Photoshop Action
5. Retro Cross Photoshop Action
6. Color Play
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11. Sunrise/Sunset Photoshop Action
12. Sunken Sunlight Photoshop Action
13. Intense Warm Photoshop Action
14. Glacier Ice Lights Photoshop Action
15. Skin Retouching
18. Summer Haze Photoshop Action
19. Misty Blue Photoshop Action
20. HDR Photoshop Action
34. Black & White
43. Pro Sharpening
46. Retro Effect
50. Color Grading
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How to Install Photoshop Actions
The easiest way to install Photoshop actions is to start by opening Photoshop. Once you have Photoshop open, browse your computer to find where you have saved the Photoshop actions file (it will be a .atn file). Then double click on the .atn file and it will be automatically installed. In Photoshop go to Window > Actions and you will see the list of actions and action sets that are installed. From there you can apply the action to your photos. Be sure that you save the .atn files in a safe place even after you have them installed in Photoshop. Every now and then you may open Photoshop and find that some or all of your installed actions are missing. If that is the case, just go to the place that you have the .atn file and install it again. If you need more help with installing these photoshop actions, perhaps give a read to one of these free photoshop books.
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