What are Photoshop Actions and what can you do with them?
In the graphic design, photography, and web design fields Photoshop Actions are one of the most convenient and essential resources at your disposal. With just a single click you can transform your images into just what you wanted. Basically put, a Photoshop Action is a series of steps that are recorded that allow you to simply click a button to have all those steps done. For example, I’ve had the privilege in the past of owning and operating a t-shirt company. We would receive many orders for t-shirts through our online designer that would be digitally printed in the production area. We noticed the files that came directly out of our designer would not print the correct colors onto the t-shirt. We created a Photoshop Action that would color correct the designs so that they printed on the t-shirts in more vibrant and accurate colors. The time savings for the design staff was immeasurable. If you want to speed up your workflow day to day then Photoshop Actions are a fantastic way to do it.
Free Photoshop Actions…think about it. In the world of design consider what kind of organization would offer you Photoshop Actions for FREE? Well, in this case it is not VandelayDesign. However, we have spent some time searching the depths of photography and design on the web to provide you with a list of 45 free downloadable Photoshop Actions. Can you imagine the countless hours it would take to find such a list? As a way of saying thank you we are certain you want to grab a membership to our Design Shop where you can get access to premium downloadable vectors, badges, icons and much more. Ok, maybe we are getting carried away. Enjoy the list because in this post we’ll show you how to do the following effects using free actions:
- Vintage Effects
- Black and White Effects
- HDR Effects
- Color Enhancing Effects
There are countless actions available that can be downloaded for free, and in this post we’ll feature 45 of them. Some of these are individual actions and others are sets that include multiple actions. These actions have been created by various designers and photographers and have been made available for free download.
Keep in mind that while Photoshop actions can be extremely useful and helpful, the results will vary from one photo to the next. Not every photo will look great with every action. Experiment with them and you’ll get a good feel for which actions work best with certain types of photos.
If you’re wanting to learn more about how to properly use Photoshop – check out the courses offered on Udemy. We highly recommend their courses as a way to build up your Photoshop repertoire.
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