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100 Free Photoshop Actions (And How to Make Your Own)

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Photoshop actions can be extremely useful timesavers when you find yourself performing the same steps over and over on an image. They're also an excellent way for photographers to quickly and easily pass on their favorite techniques to others. Today we'll be looking at how you can make your own, and showcasing 100 fantastic free Photoshop actions to use straight away!

In recent years, DeviantArt has become a huge storehouse for photographers to upload and share Photoshop actions. We sorted through thousands and thousands of these to bring you 100 of our favorite sets, some containing as many as forty or fifty actions in a single download.

For beginners, we'll start off with a brief explanation of how to create and install Photoshop actions and then move onto our huge list of actions that are free for you to download and use.

Although, if you’re looking for commercial quality results, and you’re in a hurry to get a professional solution, then choose from one of the hundreds of Photoshop Actions available for unlimited download with an affordable subscription to Envato Elements.

Photoshop Actions available for purchase on Envato Elements
Professional Photoshop Actions on Envato Elements

Creating Photoshop Actions

Recording an action in Photoshop is incredibly simple. Simply open up the "Actions" palette and hit the new action button seen in the image below.

Free Photoshop Actions

This should pop open a new window containing various options for the action. Here you can name the action and place it in a set. You can also assign a keyboard shortcut that will activate the action immediately in Photoshop. This is quite handy for those actions you find yourself using on a daily basis.

Free Photoshop Actions

Once you hit "Record" in the window above, all that's left is to carry out the steps you'd like to be recorded in the action. Keep in mind that selection sizes, saving and other very specific steps will be replicated exactly in the action. Try to keep your steps generic enough that they'll work on the full range of images you'll need the action to apply to.

When you've finished carrying out all the desired steps, hit the "Stop" button in the action menu. Then hit the "Play" button to perform the action on another file.


Installing Photoshop Actions

There are multiple ways to install Photoshop actions. For starters, you can drag the downloaded actions into the "Actions" folder contained within the "Presets" folder in your Photoshop application folder. Note that actions placed here may require a Photoshop restart to appear in the actions menu.

Free Photoshop Actions

Alternatively, you can hit the little arrow on the right of the actions menu and click on the "Load Actions" option. This allows you to navigate to any actions on your computer and load them instantly into Photoshop.

Free Photoshop Actions

Now that you can install Photoshop actions and even create your own, download a few of the free options below and start making your images look amazing with a single click!

Premium Photoshop Actions

Before jumping into these freebies collected form DeviantArt, first take a look at a handful of Premium options on Envato Elements. If you’re looking for professional results, then we have you covered. Here are just a handful of the Photoshop Actions available on our digital marketplace:

1. Sandstorm Photoshop Action

This mind-blowing effect is so simple to create. You simply brush onto the areas of your photo that you want to turn into a sandstorm and play the Action!

Sandstorm Photoshop Action

2. Bubblum: Bubble Generator Photoshop Action

This wonderful Photoshop Action creates the effect of bubbles around an object in your photo. It's very simple to use: just brush the area, choose the direction (up, down, left, or right), and click play. 

 Bubblum Bubble Generator Photoshop Action

3. FilterGrade Film Series I Photoshop Actions

The FilterGrade Film Series is a fantastic collection of film effects and realistic, movie-like photo actions. From wild western to horror film, loads of cool Photoshop Actions are included! Featuring the special Indie and Western Effects.

FilterGrade Film Series I Photoshop Actions

4. Conceptum - 3D Sketch Photoshop Action

This awesome Photoshop Action transforms your photo into a professional technical sketch with 3D elements in one minute. It gives a highly detailed result, with a lot of possibilities for easy customisation and improvement. A video tutorial is included, to help you make the most of this amazing Action.

Conceptum - 3D Sketch Photoshop Action

5. Carbonium - Black & White PS Actions

This huge collection of Black & White grading actions offers presets to create everything from a vintage look to a modern touch.

Carbonium - Black  White PS Actions

100 Free Photoshop Actions

Polaroid GENERATOR V1

Free Photoshop Actions

Cross-Processing ATN

Free Photoshop Actions

Stick it action

Free Photoshop Actions

Vintage Action

Free Photoshop Actions

set 28

Free Photoshop Actions

Portrait Action

Free Photoshop Actions

PS Action 12

Free Photoshop Actions

+ Action 11

Free Photoshop Actions

Action 01

Free Photoshop Actions

RedLipsAction

Free Photoshop Actions

Peace and Love Action

Free Photoshop Actions

sa-cool actions 2.06

Free Photoshop Actions

Vintage Effect - Ps Actions

Free Photoshop Actions

50 Photoshop Postwork Actions

Free Photoshop Actions

image enhancing ps actions

Free Photoshop Actions

Old Photo Action

Free Photoshop Actions

photoshop actions - 33

Free Photoshop Actions

photoshop actions - 48

Free Photoshop Actions

Photoshop Action Set o1

Free Photoshop Actions

photoshop actions - 67

Free Photoshop Actions

Vintage Photo

Free Photoshop Actions

Photoshop Dream Blur Action

Free Photoshop Actions

Photoshop Action: Diabolic

Free Photoshop Actions

Wedding Theme Action

Free Photoshop Actions

Black and White ps actions

Free Photoshop Actions

Lith Print Action

Free Photoshop Actions

HDR Fantasticalizers

Free Photoshop Actions

Black And White

Free Photoshop Actions

HolgaRoid Generator BW

Free Photoshop Actions

My first actions set

Free Photoshop Actions

Cool photo effect action

Free Photoshop Actions

Comics Photoshop action

Free Photoshop Actions

Pack Actions 01

Free Photoshop Actions

Powerful Colors 3.2

Free Photoshop Actions

Clouds Effects 3.5

Free Photoshop Actions

Photoshop Action 2

Free Photoshop Actions

Photo Coloring II

Free Photoshop Actions

Gum Bichromate Print

Free Photoshop Actions

Black white sepia PS action

Free Photoshop Actions

Vintage dream ps actions

Free Photoshop Actions

photoshop actions - 11

Free Photoshop Actions

rather large set of actions

Free Photoshop Actions

Photoshop Action 15

Free Photoshop Actions

Photoshop Action - Color 024

Free Photoshop Actions

Photoshop Action 9 Pack

Free Photoshop Actions

30 photoshop actions

Free Photoshop Actions

Split toning

Free Photoshop Actions

Photographers Toolkit 3

Free Photoshop Actions

clarity - photoshop action

Free Photoshop Actions

Skin Glow Enhancement

Free Photoshop Actions

Photoshop Action: Regressive N

Free Photoshop Actions

retro

Free Photoshop Actions

3D.Action

Free Photoshop Actions

Lovely Action

Free Photoshop Actions

Photoshop Action 05

Free Photoshop Actions

ACTION 3D

Free Photoshop Actions

Action Pack 1

Free Photoshop Actions

photoshop actions - 46

Free Photoshop Actions

Pinkish Action

Free Photoshop Actions

Photoshop Action - Bright Eyes

Free Photoshop Actions

1

Free Photoshop Actions

NAME

Free Photoshop Actions

Retro Vintage Actions

Free Photoshop Actions

Pencil Draw Photoshop Action

Free Photoshop Actions

PS Action 14

Free Photoshop Actions

InFection

Free Photoshop Actions

HDR Fake Action

Free Photoshop Actions

Variety Pack Actions .3

Free Photoshop Actions

Sedrah Photoshop Action No2

Free Photoshop Actions

Vivid Blur

Free Photoshop Actions

Sepia actions

Free Photoshop Actions

colors Actions

Free Photoshop Actions

Vintage Action Pack

Free Photoshop Actions

PS Action 3

Free Photoshop Actions

Drawing Effect Adobe Action

Free Photoshop Actions

Vintage Film Effect

Free Photoshop Actions

landscape and sky action

Free Photoshop Actions

Photo Coloring VII

Free Photoshop Actions

NoiseLess Black And White

Free Photoshop Actions

Photoshop Action 23

Free Photoshop Actions

Vectorize me babe ATN

Free Photoshop Actions

Action .7

Free Photoshop Actions

IR effect look

Free Photoshop Actions

Watermark Photoshop Action

Free Photoshop Actions

Action Pack 4

Free Photoshop Actions

Photoshop Action 3

Free Photoshop Actions

Copyright Action

Free Photoshop Actions

300 action

Free Photoshop Actions

photoshop action no.7 HIGH KEY

Free Photoshop Actions

PS Action Set 02

Free Photoshop Actions

Old Black and White

Free Photoshop Actions

Colorfull action

Free Photoshop Actions

Action : I -- Old Photo.

Free Photoshop Actions

Color Action

Free Photoshop Actions

Dreamy Light Action

Free Photoshop Actions

draindrops

Free Photoshop Actions

hard light action PS

Free Photoshop Actions

Action 2

Free Photoshop Actions

Action 03

Free Photoshop Actions

action 2

Free Photoshop Actions


Share Your Actions!

The actions above range in quality from fun and homegrown to serious and professional. Think you can do better? We'd love to see any Photoshop actions that you've created and made available for download. Just leave a link below along with a brief explanation of what the action does.

Also be sure to tell us which of the action sets above were your favorites. There are a ton to choose from and it would be great to hear your thoughts on which work the best for your needs!


100 Free Lightroom Presets

We have also published a fantastic article explaining how to make your own Lightroom Presets, with 100 amazing examples. And you can download unlimited, high-quality Photoshop Actions or Lightroom Presets with our great-value all-inclusive subscription at Envato Elements.

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