25 Useful Photoshop Actions for Photographers
Photoshop actions for photographers are an essential part of the post-processing stage. These actions help both photographers and designers to apply enormous numbers of effects to their photographs. Even you can apply effects that you cannot apply with your digital camera, such as the vintage photo effect and Polaroid camera effect. All you need to do is to download the action and run it with one click of a button in the Actions panel in Adobe Photoshop.
Additionally, Photoshop actions for photographers have another benefit when you are editing many photos in one project. For example, when you need to apply the same effect to a hundred images or more, applying the photo effect manually would consume a lot of time and effort. Therefore, Photoshop actions can help you apply effects to a number of images at the same time, using the Batch command that you can reach from the File> Automate menu.
Photoshop actions for photographers vary based on the photo effects the actions apply to the images. Some actions change the color, or color tone of the image, and some Photoshop actions change the image by adding a vintage style, frames, or an HDR photo effect to the photos.
Before we go through today’s free Photoshop actions for photographers, let us quickly learn how to install actions to Adobe Photoshop through the following steps:
1- Download the Photoshop Action ATN file. If the downloaded file is in ZIP format, extract it to open the ATN file.
2- Open Adobe Photoshop and reveal the Actions panel. If it is not open, you can open it from the Window menu.
3- From the panel context menu on the top right, click Load Actions and navigate to the ATN action file.
To apply the action, you can follow the steps below:
1- Open the image in Adobe Photoshop
2- Select the action you would like to apply from the Actions panel
3- Click the Play Selection arrow at the bottom of the Actions panel.
Now, it is time to showcase some amazing free Photoshop actions for photographers. In the list below, you can click on the action preview image to go to the action’s page and download it.
Share with us your ideas about the most useful actions and how frequently you use Photoshop actions in your work. If you are using your iPhone to take photos, you may like to check these Must-Have iPhone Apps for Photographers.
Soft Violaceous Action
This Photoshop action for photographers lets you create a soft effect on photos, similar to the four previews below.
Photoshop Actions Set 42
This set includes 42 different Photoshop actions for photographers to edit photos. This set is compatible with Photoshop CS3 and newer versions.
Photoshop Action for HDR Photo Effects
This post-production Photoshop action set lets you create a High Dynamic Range (HDR) effect on the images, and includes two hard and soft tweak effects, three blur effects, three color effects, and three maximizer effects.
Polaroid Photoshop Actions for Photographers
Many photographers like to create Polaroid effects, but do not have the resources, such as a Polaroid camera and real films anymore. This Photoshop action for photographers lets you create high quality Polaroid photo effects. You can check the Photoshop action page by clicking the image below to see the different features and samples of the action.
Photoshop Actions Set
This set includes different actions with different effects. Each of the nine actions applies a different effect on the photo. Click on the image below to visit the profile page and download the actions with preview images.
Cool Vintage Photoshop Action
This set includes seven vintage style Photoshop Actions for Photographers. You can download the ATN file and load the action file from the Actions panel using the Load Actions command.
Snow, Summer, and Winter Actions Set
In this Photoshop action for photographers, you can find five ATN action files that let you create different effects of the seasons of the year, such as winter and summer. Make sure to set the colors of Photoshop to the default black and white from the Tools panel.
Photoshop Actions Set
In this set, there are five different actions that let you change the color theme of photos based on 5 color styles.
Set of Four Photoshop Actions
This set includes 4 Photoshop actions for photographers to help them change the color of the images based on four different photo effects.
Photoshop Action: Diabolic
This set includes 10 different Photoshop actions for photographers to edit and touch-up their photos.
Colorful Photoshop Actions for Photographers
This set includes six Photoshop actions to change the color theme of your images.
Outside Photoshop Actions
This set includes one ACR Adobe Camera Raw preset, and one Photoshop action for a vintage photo effect.
Oscar Pilch Photoshop Actions
This action creates an amazing warm photo effect on photographs.
HDR Fake Action
If you would like to create an HDR photo effect, you can use this Photoshop action for photographers to create an effect that is very close to HDR.
Landscape and Scenery Actions
This set includes Photoshop actions for scenery, landscape, and nature. Each of these four actions has a different effect on the images.
i-Dark Photoshop Action
This action lets you apply an amazing darkening effect on images. It is useful for outdoor shots such as the example below.
Hipstamatic Actions Pack
This set includes three amazing Photoshop actions for photographers that allow them to create film-like shots and simulate the ordinary lens and flash of old cameras.
A set of four nice actions that you can apply on your photographs to create different film-like effects.
Violet Shine Action
This Photoshop action for photographers creates a violet theme on the images with a subtle dark and violator vignette. This action is available both for Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom.
Free Green Antique Tint Action
This action turns the dull green in photos to bright green colors. You can use it to correct the green color level in your images.
Darker Effect 3.0 Action
This Photoshop action turns the lights in dark images to an interesting light and shade effect.
Cyan Melody Photoshop Action
This Photoshop action creates a color grading effect and gives the photos warm and dark colors.
Blue Velvet Action
This Photoshop action creates an amazing blue theme for images that you can use to create business banners or posts.
This is another blue Photoshop action that you can use to give your photos a business or corporate theme.
This amazing set includes eight Photoshop actions for photographers to apply different color effects on the photos, such as the vintage and vivid, and the black and white photography effect.