Jun 03 2011

80+ Time Saving and Free Photoshop Action Sets To Enhance your Photos

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Photoshop is a wonderful tool that not only lets you create amazing graphics but also automate your work and improve your workflow. With Photoshop Actions, you can perform your repetitive tasks with a simple click that not only saves you time but helps improving your efficiency.

Photoshop actions allow you to record a sequence of commands and operations that you can set aside and can access afterward. They can also perform some extremely complex techniques with just a push of a button.

Here we have compiled a list of 80+ top-quality Photoshop actions to share with you, so you can expedite your design work. Before presenting our hand-picked collection of downloadable Photoshop Actions, however, we would like to offer a short explanation on how to install and create your own Photoshop Actions.

Creating Photoshop Actions

Creating Photoshop actions is very simple. All you need to do is open up the “Actions” palette and click the New Action button as seen in the picture below:

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A new window pops up giving you different options for creating actions. Name the action and then place it in a set. For quick access, you can assign a shortcut to your action that will immediately activate it in Photoshop. This is a useful option to be used for those actions that you use with regularity.

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Hitting the “Record” button allows you to record your desired actions by carrying out the necessary steps. The only thing that needs to be remembered here is selection sizes, saving and other specific steps will be duplicated precisely as you perform them in the action. So, you need to keep your steps as generic as possible so that they will work on the complete range of the images you want the action to apply to.

Once you’re done, hit the “Stop” button in the action menu. Your action has been recorded. Now you can hit the “Play” button if you want to perform the action on another file.

Installing Photoshop Actions

There are numbers of ways to install Photoshop actions. Dragging the downloaded actions into the ‘Actions” folder enclosed within the “Presets” folder in your Photoshop application folder is the easiest way. Note: you may need to restart Photoshop so that the installed actions can appear in the actions menu.

On the other hand, hit the little arrow on the right of the actions menu and then click the “Load Actions” option to quickly install the downloaded actions into the Photoshop.

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Useful Photoshop Action Sets

Photoshop Actions – 4

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Red Action

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Action Contagious

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Polaroid GENERATOR V1

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Antique Action

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Infection

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Once Upon a Time – Vintage ATN

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Magical effect 4.0

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Toasted Photoshop Actions

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Ghost Stories Photoshop Action

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JJ’s Durazno-Melon Actions

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LIGHT BULB

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Action 01

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Oldmatic Photoshop Action

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Forest Action

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Photoshop Action 15

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Landscape Action

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Photoshop Action: Foliage

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Photoshop actions – 11

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Polaroid Generator 2

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Fearless Action

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Photoshop Color Actions 2

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Black white sepia PS action

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Bright Eyes

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Retro Action

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Blue action

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Photoshop Action: Diabolic

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300 Action

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Vintage Photoshop Action

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sa-cool Action 2.02 Retro

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Cool photo effect action

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Thinking of you action

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Action Set 1

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set 28

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Portrait Action

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Coffee

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Dazzle Effects

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Action Set 07

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Teeth Whitening Action

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Black And White

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Alibi

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Summer Heat Action

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Photoshop Action 25

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Fairytale actions

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24 Photoshop Actions

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Not Like the Movies Action

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Remember Me Action

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Almost Exclusive Action

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Vanilla Tones II Action

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Cross-Processing ATN

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FrostBite

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16 yellow fog

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Ghost Stories

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HDR Tools

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Darker effect 5.0

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Action Liberty walk

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10 dark vintage

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Supernova Effect

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The Photographer Photoshop Action

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Photoshop Action 1

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Create round photo stickers or add sticky tapes!

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OUT OF BOUNDS Photoshop actions

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Lomography Action

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Blurred Frame Action

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Soften skin effect

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Crystal Ball Action

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Old Parchment

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Fun FX: Digital Corruption

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Fun FX: Film Urban Blue

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Magic Skin Action Set

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FilmStrip Action!

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2011 Calendar – Photoshop Action

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Color Correction Action

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InfraRed Photography Action

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Action 008

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Magical effect 4.2

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Photoshop Action Variety

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Crime Action

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Unspoken action

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Vintage action set 4

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About the Author

Aquil Akhter is a web graphic designer and has been working in this field for 8 years. He also runs the blog webdesigncore.com, which focuses on free web resources and inspiration for designers and developers.

Comments and Discussions
  • Christina, 03 June 2011

    This is absolutely amazing photo’s…

  • Emprego, 03 June 2011

    Excellent collection of actions. I’ve been testing some, but sometimes exaggerates the effects. Still nothing better to do by hand.

  • Tom Ross, 03 June 2011

    These are beautiful! I always tend to create my own actions, but these look like a real time saver.

  • S.K. (Insfired), 03 June 2011

    Some of those are just what I was looking for! will surely save us a lot of effort and time, thanks!

  • gohewitt, 03 June 2011

    These are some best images I’ve ever seen!

  • lee, 04 June 2011

    you havnt seen much!

  • Abhi, 04 June 2011

    This is really amazing..Awsome Pics

  • Parth, 04 June 2011

    This is a great collection! Thanks!

  • Snoggle News, 06 June 2011

    Yes truly great time saving suggestions. I often feel struggling to work in Adobe Photoshop without some sort of enhanced agenda. These actions will do the trick!

  • Doug Peters, 07 June 2011

    Great collection of actions. Thanks for putting these together.

  • inspirationfeed, 07 June 2011

    Very helpful resources, thank you!

  • Ramya S, 08 June 2011

    This is just a great collection… Extremely time saving for people like me who spend lot of time in image editing…. Red and blue action are the simple yet useful actions.Thanks!

    • R.sarwes, 28 September 2011

      This is just a great collection… Extremely time saving for people like me who spend lot of time in image editing…. Red and blue action are the simple yet useful actions.Thanks!

  • Kirill, 10 June 2011

    Wow! Tnx for this helpful resources

  • Stacy, 21 July 2011

    One of the best lists I’ve seen in long time! I’ll definately be using these. Have you seen wbactions.com free photoshop actions? They are awesome too.

  • Scott, 15 September 2011

    Sick list! =D Thanks for putting this together.

  • Orlando, 21 September 2011

    Some beautiful effects. How far back does this work on photoshop versions? I have 5.5 at work but ony my home ocmputer I have CS2….

  • Mark Armstrong, 03 October 2011

    A truly astounding collection– some of the best PS actions I’ve seen. Thank you, Aquil, for your wonderful kindness and generosity in making these resources available– very sincerely appreciated.

  • Kevin Pham, 29 October 2011

    Wow! Thanks for helpful post

  • chinnu, 29 December 2011

    Sick list! =D Thanks for putting this together.

  • Mubariz, 30 January 2012

    It’s amazing <3 Thanks alot :]

  • Daniel, 03 September 2012

    This is a really cool collection of Photoshop action, thanks!

  • AfroMerry, 01 November 2012

    Beautiful collection of Photoshop actions you’ve got here. Thank you for sharing!

  • Danielle, 22 November 2012

    These are great and thanks, but, the only problem is, these are all professional looking photos that don’t need any tweaking in the first place. My regular old photos (even with similar lighting) don’t look the same with the actions applied to them.

  • Deanne, 04 December 2012

    Thank you, much appreciated… beautiful work

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