100+ Photography Enhancing Photoshop Actions

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Photoshop actions can be a big time saver, especially when you’re trying to add a specific effect to a photo and you’re not sure how to do it. Thanks to talented and generous Photoshop users, we can simply click a button and our photography can take on a whole new look. For this post we’ve rounded up over 100 Photoshop actions for enhancing your photos. In this collection you’ll notice a wide variety of actions, from vintage effects to amazing color alterations.

Cinema Photoshop Action

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Faux HDR Photoshop Action

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HDR Photoshop Action

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Faded and Hazy Photoshop Action

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Fashion Actions (10 actions)

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Ghost Stories Photoshop Action (9 actions)

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The Bee’s Knees Sampler Set (3 actions)

bees

 

Sun Kissed Actions (14 actions)

sun-kissed

 

Pioneer Woman Action Set 1 and Set 2 (14 actions and 10 actions)

pioneer

Nothing but Memories (10 Actions)

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Retro

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Color Action

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Pink Action

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Pinhole Effect

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sa-cool actions 2.08 colors (17 actions)

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Polaroid GENERATOR

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kream action

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Cookie Dough Action

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vintage wash ps actions

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Variety Pack Actions .3 (5 actions)

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About the Author

Henry Jones is a web developer, designer, and entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience. He is the founder of WDL and ThemeTrust.

21 Comments

  1. Theo
    April 12, 2010

    Thanks for this time saving collection !

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  2. Jae Xavier
    April 12, 2010

    Very informative! Now only if cellphone cameras can do the same thing… What a great idea!

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  3. Lena Tailor | DT
    April 12, 2010

    You are the real time saver. Appreciate your efforts in putting this together.

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  4. monica of hola!design
    April 12, 2010

    Great examples! I was looking for a collection of cool effects for a project I’m working on. I specially like the pinhole effect.
    It’s interesting how color treatment can really give a picture that wow factor. Great post.

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  5. jack parsons
    April 12, 2010

    Seriously, this is crap. All of the actions = “oversaturate”, except for that Polaroid generator. These kinds of crappy Digg fodder posts are a dime a dozen and a complete waste of your readers’ time. Simply googling list+of+photoshop+actions presented hundreds, if not thousands of listicle posts that preceded yours.

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    • kyle steed
      April 12, 2010

      Amen. Couldn’t have said it better myself Jack.

      If you are serious about photography and want to learn what makes a photograph better, take a class or buy a book, don’t depend on PS actions to save the day. Because when you break it down, a bad photo is a bad photo no matter how good at photoshop you are.

      These kinds of blog posts are exactly what the internet doesn’t need more of. Why not write an original article about how to spend time focusing on composition and lighting instead of just throwing a bunch of links to actions in there? Not to say that all actions are bad, but this is just a waste of your readers time.

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    • Robert Tutsky
      May 14, 2011

      Totally agree. If you are PS savvy, you are better off generating your own effects to your liking, otherwise it’s a waste of hard drive space.

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  6. Eddie
    April 12, 2010

    Mr. Kyle and Jack,

    Why do you take it so seriously? Maybe this is just for the fun of it? BTW, this is a big trend in consumer/prosumer/ & even professional photography right now. It looks awesome. Lighten up a little and give the author some credit for the time spent on this list.

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    • jack parsons
      April 13, 2010

      Are you kidding? Go ahead and google it, posts exactly like this one appear on instablogs every single day. They’re rife in the design community for one reason and one reason alone, and it ain’t because it’s “helpful”. It’s because it’s “easy”.

      I honestly would have been less salty if I hadn’t looked at that sidebar and seen almost *every single post* is yet another listicle, with “55 Essential Inspirations” and “101 Websites So Awesome They’ll Devour Your Eyeballs” — compiling resources that have been compiled before and will be compiled yet again.

      To the author: is this why you got involved in blogging and in design? I don’t know, I just assume that most people interested in this actually like to create things.

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  7. Website Design
    April 13, 2010

    Good work!!!
    Thanks for sharing this post.

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  8. Digital Photo
    April 13, 2010

    Wow, thanks for this list, it does make life a little easier!

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  9. mac
    April 14, 2010

    really love this post!

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  10. Web Risorsa
    April 15, 2010

    Great list of Photoshop actions.. Thanks for sharing with us…

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  11. Marty
    April 17, 2010

    Can you really ever get enough great photoshop actions?? (rhetorical question)

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  12. Super Target Me
    May 17, 2010

    Just amazing!! Thank u!

    Reply
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  14. K.F.C
    June 12, 2010

    @JAck: shut up and let people enjoy the actions themself… you are so noisy here

    Reply
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  16. HiTheSun
    July 14, 2010

    Great Effect! Love it :x

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  17. vuitton
    August 16, 2010

    Great Effect! Love it :x

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  18. Denim Geek
    June 20, 2011

    quality effects, been searching for lomography effects for some time now, are any of these transferable to lightroom presets? Cheers

    Reply

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