When we look at a web design, or a photograph that has been beautifully aligned, we don’t often think about the process that went into producing that design or photograph. The beauty of it is so strong, and so captive of our attention. Now, we can begin to learn a little bit more about it, with the introduction of creative photoshop actions for creative projects. Photoshop actions are like filters, with the difference that actions are usually more complex, and can provide a more thorough result in a design. Sure, actions also act as filters in some cases, but more often you will find that actions represent a unique idea that you can instill on top of your existing photograph, visual, or design.
Creative artists have spent many years learning the skills of the trade, and now they are returning the favor back to the community with the release of creative Photoshop actions. The choices here are truly mesmerizing, and while this might seem like a limited set, we also worked hard to create another Photoshop action set that was more specifically collected for photographers, and designers. You will find that one either in the related posts, or through the search function.
We welcome all of our fellow Photoshop users in the community to join us in making this the best Photoshop actions post that you can find on the web. We believe in unique concepts at Colorlib, and we believe that it is important to research as many alternatives as available, to diversify the catalog of choices. So far, we are pleased with the result, but our experience tells us that our community members can sometimes come up with some truly inspiration alternatives, so back to you guys — share what you can!
Taking a good picture is only the first part of the big battle. The next step is to learn post processing techniques that can bring out features in our photos that would otherwise be hard to notice. And that’s where Photoshop actions really shine, with an action we can quickly make our photo appear in a different form, yet without the need to have it lose its original essence. The Violet Delight action will add that smooth and silky Violet color contrast to your photos, helping to bring out individual elements and make the photos much more than just unique. Particularly works great with portraits where the person’s eyes need to be emphasized more clearly, but also to simply make use of creative photography patterns.
Soft pastel Actions
Soft pastels.. well, they’re soft and they’re pastels! Seriously, get your hands on this action if you want to soften up the colors of your photos and make them more appealing to an audience that enjoys smoothness in photos. Judging by the provided samples, the action can bring out the pink color scheme to add an extra layer of creativity to the photo that you might have thought is impossible to bring towards the authentic light.
We don’t really see that many creative actions in relation to making photos more dark, meaning ghostly. Designers tend to shy away from these ‘harsh’ actions, but there’s a unique genre of photographers who in fact enjoy the actions, and are more than happy to learn about fresh choices for them too. The Ghost Stories download we’re exploring here provides a set of 8 unique photoshop actions that can be used to transform your photos into ghostly, but creative creations. From simple darkening patterns, to full emphasizing of the color schemes to provide a completely different look to a photo that otherwise might have been considered as average. Any photo you’ll run through the Ghost Stories action is going to yield a good deal of inspiration.
Best Free Photoshop Actions
When someone labels something the best.. it better be good! And we’re happy to say.. Greater than Gatbsy knows how to deliver on their own labels. You’ve got a PS action pack here that contains 12 unique actions that are free to use forever. From simple low color schemes, to more emphasized structures that can be used in professional design. The samples provide a good enough overview of what to expect, and it seems that the general theme is aimed at portraits and landscape photos — two of the most popular categories anyway.
We didn’t dub this collection creative for no reason, there’s some unique creative work at play here, and Polished Picture brings us a new download of a Photoshop action that adds a layer of curve to the photo that you’re editing. The effects after the action has been applied are clear, even if it means that all you’re doing is adding a simple curve effect. It doesn’t hurt your productivity to have these actions in one place.
Photoshop actions to enhance your photos
Just to inform you about the way action market works, we are only listing 20+ resources because many of these action pack downloads themselves contain more than 20+ creative actions that you can start using today. So yes, we try to avoid duplicates as much as possible. The actions that you’ll be granted access to here include simple stuff like high contrast enhancement, to more creative aspects like adding freckles, haze, and warmth to your photography. A range of creative matte actions is also included. Overall, a wonderful execution of actions in a single download, will be hard to match even by the most competing followers up.
Want to make your photos explode? Then Go Boom! A colorful and truly creative Photoshop action that adds an explosive color effect towards your photography. The first impressions have been wonderful. We’re pleased with the way colors are evenly distributed between the main objects of each of the photos, and it shows that there’s never too much color for a photo to handle, when the color has been adjusted evenly. Be sure to give the author some credit for his hard work, these creative artists don’t get paid when we use their work for free, and this is just one of the many examples of how the free market is giving back to the community.
Light Leaks Photoshop Actions
Just like social media, software also has trends. Photoshop has trends. And the latest trends are; vintage, film, and light leak styles. These kind of trends are used to enrich the photography with classical filters that benefit from modern modifications. The Light Leaks action from Faraz emphasizes the colorful aspects of a photo and tries to enrich the soft spots that could use a little bit of adjustment in color. The result at the end is a creative delivery of a photo that has been given a whole new meaning to itself.
Mockup Flat Shadow
Shadows will always be crucial in designing, whether for web, games, or physical creative projects. If we can perfect the adjustment of shadows for individual layers, we’re displaying a great deal of understanding about modern photography, and that’s going to earn us some big points when landing our next client. With the evolution of Photoshop as an universal photo management platform, there are now actions available such as the Flat Shadow — an action that will do what the name of it says, add a flat shadow on top of any of your elements that you’re working on editing in your designs.
Double Exposure Photoshop Action
Single exposure was already seen as a lot, what will Photoshop users says when they get their hands on an action that does double exposure? And you can apply the action as many times as you like to achieve that unique and creative look for your photos. A really well presented PS action for making your photos so creative that the next job will simply fall into your lap.
The Golden Glow Effect
We love the spirit of India and all the wonderful and beautiful people from India who dedicate their time to share free stuff with us, some of the last few creative Photoshop actions that we outlined have all been coming from designers who reside in India. It seems that their country has really inspired them to create as authentic project as one could possibly imagine. The Golden Effect Ps action is another good example of that. If you want to add some extra layer of glow (golden) to a photo you’re editing, then grab this pack while it is still available. Surely it will be up for a long time still, but you can always create your actions library as you go. A few MBs of space is nothing compared to needing a particular action when online access is not available.
Hope Photo Action
Remember when the current president of the United States was running? Barack Obama, know that guy? A popular poster emerged that said “Yes we can!” — you must have seen this photo a million times already, and if you never found a way to recreate that inspirational concept, now you can simply add it to any of your photos through the use of a simple Ps action. What an amazing time to be a Photoshop user. Designs are coming to you by themselves, with literally no extra effort on your part.
Quick Neon Effect
Neon effects will always have a special place in our hearts. These guys were the beginning creative effects in the early 2000’s when sophisticated photo editing software wasn’t available. The internet was used only be geeks, and geeks liked to create some really funky stuff in their designs, particular overuse the neon effect. Nowadays it is hard to comeby, everything is modern and modernized.. and the neon effect is fading away. But if you have some spare room, why not add it to your library of creative actions and perhaps one day you will find use for it?
Easy Watercolor Portrait
Coloring and in particular watercoloring is fun! Such a relaxing process, and if you love the process so much.. you’ll definitely enjoy transforming your digital photos to look like watercolor paintings. It’s just incredible how far the software industry has come, to enable artists to convert their photos into a completely different genre of art, all by using digital technology. We’re pleased with the outcome of designs that this action creates, and we’d love to see if you can apply this to some of your own and share with us. It’s inspiring to see what our community will be coming up with next.
Action fabolous will emphasize the fabulous aspects of a photo that you are processing. Another great example of how big of a role colors and color tones play in photography.
3d Big pic action
3D wasn’t mention too often in this collection, perhaps in the future we will dedicate a collection only to 3D actions, but for now you can get started with 3D actions right here, with the Big 3D Picture Action — any photo that you have in your photos folder will now be possible to convert into a separate 3D experience that will divide the photo in fragments and display it from a 3D perspective. Wonderful to work with when you’re looking to put a special photo up on your wall. The 3D effect really takes the cake here.
Halftone Automator Photoshop Action Set
The Halftone Automator Photoshop Action Set allows you to quickly and easily convert photos into usable halftones for your designs! You can quickly select any individual layers that you want to run the action on, and boom.. your photos are transformed. Forget about full toning and opt for halftones, just as good if not better.
Dribbble optimized magnifier
Magnifying is fun. It helps to emphasize what’s important to you as a photographer and a designer also. The Dribble optimized magnifier will help you magnify individual parts of any photographs that you run against it. Great to play with, great to use on dedicated projects.
Artista – Mixed Media Art Photoshop Action
Artista is similar to what the Grand Theft Auto Ps action can do. It converts your photos into more artistic creations where in essence they lose their true meaning, but also manage to gain a much deeper meaning where the artistic components are concerned. It will work for portrait photos, as well as it will for landscapes. What’s really wonderful to experience here is the capacity of Photoshop, the realization that we can just turn our photos into something completely unique, without any prior understanding or experience of how to do it.
Fire Photoshop Action
For last we saved some actions that come from authors who publish on premium selling marketplaces. A little monetary investment is required. But, you won’t be able to put prices on the designs that come out of the use of these actions. First we have Fire. A simple action that acts as a drawing tool that once confirmed, will add fire elements over your pictures or digital art. With a little bit of practice it’s possible to achieve designs that have not been previously designed, even the sample previews for the action showcase that possibility.
After each action has finished playing, it creates a well organised layer structure. Each layer and folder are named appropriately and color coded to create a neat working environment for you. Not only is the layer structure organised, each action comes with a highly detailed video tutorial teaching you about how each layer affects the design and how you can make customizations to it.
Energy Photoshop Action
Energy is the kind of an effect that goes heavily underused by photoshop users who are into digital art. Yet, when it comes to designing forum signatures, it is usually the energy pattern effect that users want to use. Give your photos some energetic kick with the following action. You won’t get any more creative than that.
Animated Glitch – Photoshop Action
Glitches are actively used when creating new videos. A lot of video intros for video games use glitch patterns to create more spectacular experiences for the consumer. And now is your chance to experiment with glitching your art yourself. The animated glitch effect will create the kind of glitch effect for you. It’s as if your photos have been snapped in the middle of a moving camera crash.
Painted Photoshop Effect
A beautiful Photoshop action that turns images into paintings with a simple one click process. There is nearly no experience necessary to be able to use this remarkable effect. Once you open Photoshop, let the play button do its things in an instant right in front of your eyes. Also, the customization process of your creative does not end here. You can, of course, apply other modification tweaks to make the final product appear exactly how you wish. Last but certainly not least, Painted Photoshop Effect also comes with a video tutorial, which will help you get the most out of it with ease.
Instant Sketcher is a creative Photoshop action for beginners and professionals. If you would like to turn a photography into a sketch, this is the tool that will do you well. Hence the name, the action applies in an instant in a non-destructive way. You can always go back and start all over again. While the action may work with portraits best, of course, you can use it for just about anything and everything. Instant Sketcher action is compatible with photos of 2500 to 3500px size and supports resolution between 72-300dpi. In the package, you get one action file, one pattern file and one brush file.
Sunlight Photoshop Action
Photographers, designers and other creatives, Sunlight Photoshop Action is a tool that will add a stunning effect to your works. It only takes a simple click on the play button and the action makes magic. It works with multiple Photoshop versions and comes compatible with just about any photographs you would like to decorate with the sunlight effect. Whether it’s for social media, special promotions, flyers, you name it, these tool can create a pleasant experience that will capture more users’ attention. If you happen to be new to Photoshop action, a full-blown instruction file is also available in the bundle for effortless operation.
For adding cartoon-ish vibes to your images, this creative Photoshop action will do the trick. It has this oily painting effect to it that will definitely cause the wow effect on every viewer. The action works with all Photoshop versions and only takes a single click to apply. From then on, let the effect do its trick on your imagery. Of course, you can view the above and all the other examples on the product page and see what’s possible first-hand. Boost your workflow with a special effect that will take you little to no time to put in an application.
3D Parallax Animated Photoshop Actions
You will not believe how easy it is to add life to your photographs with this impressive Photoshop action. If you dig a 3D parallax effect, you can now make it possible swiftly. You only need to mark the subject with a color and let the action take care of all the rest after you hit the play. You can pretty much animate anything and everything. With a whopping collection of well over ninety actions, you can create a total of 5500 different combinations. There are plenty of customization features and functions for you to tailor the outcome to your heart’s content precisely.
Tekniq Photoshop Action
Tekniq is a technical stylish effect that adds the artistic animation effects of modern digital art. Paying for such an art a few years back would have cost you a fortune. Whereas, the developments of technology and capacity of software has allowed these effects to be in-built within standalone Photoshop actions. Enjoy them, they were all built for you.