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100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

Photoshop actions are a huge time saver in the photo editing process, especially when you need to apply the same image adjustments to multiple photos. This allows you to apply the same photo effect to multiple images in seconds, shaving hours off the editing time you would usually spend in the editing process within Photoshop.

This round up is an essential roundup of the very best free Photoshop actions from all across the web, which you can download and incorporate into your design projects. There’s a variety of actions included in the post from vintage actions to Matte & film style actions, regardless of your preference there’s certainly an action suitable for your design project.

This post is to serve as a one stop shop for finding the very best Photoshop actions, and I certainly hope that it ticks that box. We will also be sharing three fundamental parts of Photoshop actions how to install Photoshop actions, how to apply actions to your Photos and how to create your very own actions.

How to load and apply actions into Photoshop


We want to start of by selecting “Window > Actions” or Press “ALT +F9 “which is the shortcut key to open the Photoshop action panel. Then we want to select the hamburger menu icon which opens a popup menu where from their want to select this option “Load actions”. Then find the location where the action file is stored.

The action has now been loaded into Photoshop the next step is applying the action to your Photography. In the action panel we want to take a look at the action loaded into Photoshop. We then want to select the Photoshop action then press the play button and that will apply the effect to the Photo in Photoshop in matter of seconds. The process can be repeated to multiple photos to instantly apply the same effect.

How to create your very own Photoshop action


We want to start off by selecting Windows > Action to open the actions panels. We then want to select the record icon from this point forward any filters, adjustments etc we apply to our images will be recorded.

Where going  to make a few adjustments to an image in Photoshop once we are happy with the final adjustments where  going to hit the stop icon. We then have created an action we can apply the same effect to multiple photos in Photoshop.

We want to duplicate the existing  layer. Then select filter Filter > Other > highpass change the high pass to be 5.0 then select the confirm button. We then want to change layer blend mode to be soft light, and bring down the opacity to 50%. Then finally we want to select the stop icon to stop the recording of our Photoshop action.

Now we have created our action we can now apply it to any photo. By simply opening a new photo and selecting the play icon.

Finally

Hopefully we have covered all basis in the post in terms everything you would possible need to know about Photoshop actions, as well a comprehensive list of the very best free Photoshop actions. Please do feel free to ask any question in the comments section below, or even share an awesome photoshop action not included in this post.

100 Must download free Photoshop actions:

1. Free Summer Haze Photoshop Action

This Photoshop action, Turquoise Haze, is a free sample from our set of Summer Haze Photoshop Actions.summerr haze 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

2. HDR Tools

New set has 4 actions, HDR Fix light, normal, heavy and Clicker.

hdr4 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

3. Blue Evening

Blue Evening is a Photoshop action that is a part of our set of Touch of Drama Photoshop Actions. The full set includes 10 different actions for adding drama and intrigue to your photos.blue evening 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

4. Bella

Create a romantic, nostalgic feel with a pink cast.

bella2 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

5. Bella

Create a romantic, nostalgic feel with a pink cast.

colord 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

6. Polanoid Generator

Creates a unique polaroid effect for you photos.

polaroid 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

7. Bold B&W HDR

This free action you can easily apply a bold black & white HDR-inspired look to your photos.

bwhdr 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

8. Long Shadow Photoshop Action

There are a lot of Long Shadow Generator Actions for Photoshop but I am not satisfied with anyone of them because they don’t let you customize the shadow.long shadow 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

9. Free Glitch Effect Photoshop Action

Do you like that grunge, glitched look on old VHS tapes? Now you can create Corrupted VHS 3D Glitch Effect using our PSD Photoshop Kit.glitch 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

10. Removing a White Background

Remove the background and then bring it to your design. I created some actions that use alpha channels to remove the white background.

white bg 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

11. 1930’s Glitter Text Effect

This action recreates the era of glitz and glam by putting these colorful sequins all over your text! You have the option of changing the color of your glitter, and when the action finishes all layers are in tact and placed into a handy layer set for maximum flexibility.

glitter 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

12. Free Bold Black & White

This Photoshop action will turn your color photos into bold and impressive black & whites.

black and white 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

13. Free Faded Film

This Photoshop action will give your photos a beautiful faded look reminiscent of photos taken with film.

fade film 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

14. Retro Cross

This free Photoshop action used a cross processed effect to give your photos a nice retro touch. retro cross 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

15. Sunset Photoshop Action

This free Adobe Photoshop action will allow you to enhance your sunset photos or give your photos the feel of being taken during golden hour or at sunset.sunset action 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

16. Vintage Matte

A unique matte effect.

vintage matte 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

17. Film Effect

Film-Inspired Photoshop Actions.

film inspired 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

18. Free Cross Processed

Cross Processing Photoshop Actions.

cross proocessed 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

19. Vintage Pro

An instagram style Photoshop action.

vintage pro 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

20. Lomo action

The action applies a lomo-inspired effect that works well with a wide variety of photos.

lomo action 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

21. Vibrant Film

This preset/action gives photos a film type of look, and does so with vibrant colors.

exposure 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

22. HDR

This Photoshop action is a free sample from Faux HDR Actions – Vol. 2.

hdr 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

23. Artista

Create awesome artistic shots from your photos / images in few clicks! Save hours of work with this action, it’s easy to use just pick an image, brush the interested area and click play! artista 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

24. Photoshop Filters

This exclusive freebie is brought to you thanks to FilterLicious – a bundle of 15 delicious Photoshop filters, created with precision and love. filter 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

25. Cinematic Photo Effect

This collection of Cinematic Photoshop Actions contains 12 effects based on the colour grading aesthetics of popular movie genres, such as Horror, Western, Action, Romantic and more.cinimatic 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

26. Dribbble optimized magnifier

An optimized magnifier.

magnifer 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

27. Easy Watercolor Portrait – Free Action

This free Photoshop action is great to turn portrait images into watercolor portrait painting in seconds. Consist of ATN Photoshop Action format that is easy to install and to use.

watercolor action 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

28. Quick Neon Effect – Free Photoshop Actions

Add neon effect quickly in your text with this Photoshop action. Cute result and easy to use, just follow the instructions included in the download package.neon text 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

29. Quick Neon Effect –

Add neon effect quickly in your text with this Photoshop action. Cute result and easy to use, just follow the instructions included in the download package.double rexposure effect 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

30. Retro Effects & Polaroid Frame Generator

Add neon effect quickly in your text with this Photoshop action. Cute result and easy to use, just follow the instructions included in the download package.

frame 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

31. Instant Hipster

10 Instagram Photoshop actions

hipster 1 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

32. Vintage Wedding

This Wedding Photoshop Actions Workflow gives you everything you need to professionally process your images. This premium bundle of Photoshop actions are designed for wedding photographers.

vintage action 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

33. Black And White

This Wedding Photoshop Actions Workflow gives you everything you need to professionally process your images. This premium bundle of Photoshop actions are designed for wedding photographers.

black 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

34. Autumn Effects

This Autumn Effects Photoshop Actions Workflow gives you everything you need to professionally process your images. This premium bundle of Photoshop actions are designed for photographers.

autumn effects 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

35. Golden Glow Effect

Free Photoshop Action, turn your simple photographs to awesomeness, and also these action are Non-Destructive it means your original image is safeglow 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

36. 5 Beautiful Wedding Effects

These Photoshop actions simulate the popular subtle faded looks used in wedding photography and they’re extremely easy to use. Simply play one action and pick from any of the 5 effects.

wedding effects 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

37. Ultra Faded Light Leaks

Give your photos a retro and nostalgic feel with this pack of 24 actions; 12 ultra faded effects and 12 light leaks! These actions make your photos look like they were taken with on an lomo camera with expired films.

light leaks 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

38. Pixelator

Give your photos a retro and nostalgic feel with this pack of 24 actions; 12 ultra faded effects and 12 light leaks! These actions make your photos look like they were taken with on an lomo camera with expired films.

pixelator 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

39. Mystical light

A mystical light photo effect.

mystical 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

40. Hope

This photoshop action recreate the President Obamas Hope poster which is one of the most recognisable pieces of street art of all time. This poster was used during this presidential campaign in 2008.

hope 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

41. Halftone Automator

This action doesn’t destroy your original image, and creates the halftone effect on a new transparent layer that is easy to modify and layer if desired.halftone 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

42. Bold black white

It works in Photoshop CS3 and newer versions (not compatible with Photoshop Elements). Try it for yourself!black and white bold 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

43. Faded Films

It works in Photoshop CS3 and newer versions (not compatible with Photoshop Elements). Try it for yourself!faded films effect 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

44. Faux HDR free Photoshop action

A HDR effect is such a popular photo effect that is used very commonly among photographers. This free action can be downloaded and applied to your photographs to make an awesome visual impact on your photographs in a matter of seconds. Download and enjoy.

faux 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

45. Hand drawn free Photoshop action effect

This is a single click Photoshop action, which will turn any photograph into a black and white hand sketched photo effect. Your original layer remains 100% untouched, the original photo will remain intact if you ever want to revert back to the original.

pencil effect 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

46. Old film

Give your photos a film-inspired look with this free Photoshop action.

old film 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

47. Vintage Matte

Give your photos a film-inspired look with this free Photoshop action. vintage 2 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

48. Black & White

This Photoshop action will turn your color photos into bold and impressive black & whites. black and white 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

49. Lomo Action

Multiple hard lomo effects actions.lomo action 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

50. Haze

Soft Haze is ideal for outdoor photos, including portraits. It will soften and lighten the photo to give it a beautiful look without an overpowering effect.haze 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

51. HDR

This free Photoshop action will give your photos a strong HDR-like effect.HDR effect 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

52. Retro Cross

This free Photoshop action used a cross processed effect to give your photos a nice retro touch. retro cross 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

53. Vintage Light Leak

This Photoshop action is a free Vintage Light Leak Actions. vintage light leaks 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

54. Pencilpencil 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

An authentic pencil effect action.

55. Retro Styleretro 1 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

his latest set named RetroFilters contains 10 preconfigured Action files that will dramatically transform your photos with retro style effects inspired by classic 35mm film and processing techniques.

56. Sepia

Dramatic Sepia Photoshop Action sepia 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

57. InfraRed

InfraRed Photography PhotoShop Actioninfared 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

58. Comic

This action will turn your images into comic looking pictures. comic 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

59. Cinema

This action is for giving your photos a cinema-like feel.cinmiea 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

60. Faux HDR

You can replicate HDR effects with this set of amazing Photoshop actions.HDR faux 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

61. Intensifyintensify 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

The download includes two different versions of the Tension action. One version is for Photoshop users (for PS CS4+) and a separate version is included for Photoshop Elements users (for PSE 11+).

62. Double sketchdouble sketch 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

This action offers a “double” sketch effect, just like if you painted the sketch twice, once from left to right, and once from right to left.

63. Cross Processedcorss porcessed 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

Give your photos a nice cross processed look.

64. Film Effect

Apply a subtle film-inspired effect to your photosFILM 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

65. Free Engraved Illustration Effect Action for Photoshopengraved photoshop actions 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

66. Free Black and White Photoshop Actionblack and white 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

67. Free Daydream Photoshop Actionday dream 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

68. Free Daydream Photoshop Actionwaldron photoshop instagram 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

69. Photoshop Action Sunkissedsunkissed thumb 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

70. FreeWatercolor Painting Photoshop actionfree watercolor thumb 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

71. Dispersion Free Photoshop Actiondispersion 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

72. Dispersion Free Photoshop Actionultimate 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

73. Sunny Effect 01sunny effect 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

74. HD Effecthd thumb 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

75. tebrek actionblack and white 1 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

76. Jungle effectjungle effect 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

77. Vintage Actionvintage action 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

78. Light skin actionlight skin action 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

79. Enhanced contrast actionenhanced 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

80. Sweet Sunshine Actionsweet sunshine 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

81. Cinematic FX by SparkleStockcinmatic fx thumb 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

82. Instant Hipster – 10 Retro Actionsinsatnt hipster thumb 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

83. Skin – 5 Retouching Actionsskin retouching thumb 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

84. Instagram 13 Filters – PS Actionsinstagram actions thumb 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

85. Bokehlicious Action for Photoshopbokeh thumb 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

86. 24 Ultra Faded & Light Leak Photoshop Actions

ultra photoshop actions thumb 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

87. PSD – PW N’ C

effect pwc 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

88. HDR Tone Mapping Photoshop Actionshdr action thumb 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

89. Del Reydel rey thumb 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

90. 2 Photoshop actions – Blue Picchu and Green Tea

2 photoshop actions 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

91. Sweet Summer

sweet summer thumb1 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

92. Black and White Actions

black and white thumb1 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

93. Quality photo actions

photo effects 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

94. Action – Vintage 3D

3d action thumb 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

95. Psd – Instashville

instaville thumb 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

96. Silver by SparkleStock

silver thumb 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

97. Action 60actions 60 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

98. Pile of Prints

pile of prints 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

99. Special FXSPECIAL FX thumb 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

100. morning lightmroning light thumb 100 Must download free Photoshop actions (And everything else you should know)

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