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Photoshop Actions

Top 25 Photoshop Actions for Creative Projects 2017

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, that we simply avoid thinking about the ins and outs that go into the production process of a visual piece of digital art. 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, whereas filters are usually a change of colors that we are adding to our photos. 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 that you can quickly install, and transform your own Photoshop visuals with. The choices here are truly mesmerizing, and while this might seem like a limited set, we also worked hard to create another Photoshop actions 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!

Violet delight

Violet delight

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.

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Soft pastel Actions

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.

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Ghost Stories

Ghost Stories

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.

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Best Free Photoshop Actions

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.

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Funky Curves

Funky Curves

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.

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Photoshop actions to enhance your photos

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.

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Go Boom

Go Boom

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.

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Light Leaks Photoshop Actions

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.

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Mockup Flat Shadow

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.

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Double Exposure Photoshop Action

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.

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The Golden Glow Effect

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.

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Hope Photo Action

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.

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Quick Neon Effect

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?

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Easy Watercolor Portrait

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.

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Lovely Ball Action

Lovely Ball Action

If none of the previous actions seemed creative enough for your juices, this one surely tops the list as far as personal creativity goes, and love too! A Lovely Ball that will transform a photo into a little ball of love.

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Action Fabulous

Action Fabulous

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.

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3d Big pic action

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.

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Halftone Automator Photoshop Action Set

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.

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Dribbble optimized magnifier

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.

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Artista – Mixed Media Art Photoshop Action

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.

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15 Delicious Photoshop Filters

Delicious Photoshop Filters

When someone calls their work delicious, we sure know that it is going to be as such. Nearing 10,000 downloads already, the Photolicious action pack is PACKED with stunning and creative actions that are ready to take your photography to the next creative level. It’s an exclusive freebie that is helping thousands of designers make their photos uniquely optimized, creatively beautified.

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Fire Photoshop Action

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 a price 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 customisations to it.

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Energy Photoshop Action

Energy Photoshop Action

Energy is the kind of an effect that goes heavily underusded by photoshop users who are into digital art. Yet, when it comes to designing forum signatures, it is usually the energy pattern effect that Ps users so adore to use. Give your photos some energetic kick with the following action. You won’t get any more creative than that.

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Animated Glitch – Photoshop Action

Animated Glitch

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 that will make it seem like your photos have been snapped in the middle of a moving camera crash.

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Tekniq Photoshop Action

Tekniq

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.

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Alex Ivanovs

Alex is a freelance writer with more than 10 years of experience in design, development, and small business. His work has been featured in publications like Entrepreneur, Huffington Post, TheNextWeb, and others.

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