Photoshop Actions by Envato to Boost Your Designs

This article was originally published on Envato. Reproduced with permission.

Photoshop actions help to enhance your photographs, or create a whole new work of art, without needing to know the software inside out. They’re a great starting point for your editing or creative process, allowing you to change and customize an effect until it’s exactly what you need.

Envato Elements has lots of great Photoshop actions available to get you started, and because everything is included in a subscription, you can experiment with as many as you like.

What Are Photoshop Actions?

Photoshop actions are a series of recorded steps that create a particular effect or style when played back, meaning they’re perfect for both subtle retouching, and more artistic photo editing.

Actions are typically non-destructive, which means you can work on your image without the fear of editing and saving over it. They’re into layers which means you can see how certain effects are created and learn from them, and you can switch off layers to reduce the result of a particular part of the edit.

When you use photography in design, you usually want to make adjustments to the colors, contrast, and sharpness. You may want to go even further and completely stylize the image to make it unique. Photoshop actions are a quick, creative, and effective way to transform your photographs into art. View top 10 actions.



Trending Photoshop Actions

Perfectum 2 by profactions

Transform your photos into impressive watercolor digital paintings with this artistic and multifunctional Photoshop action. There’s also a video tutorial included.

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Fury 3 by sevenstyles

Just color over your subject and play the Fury 3 Action to get a cool, bright effect that really packs a punch. Choose from five different directions and customize to suit your needs.

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Double Exposure by Eugene-design

Create a double exposure by blending together two photos quickly and easily with this Photoshop action. Then add a color tone or gradient effect afterwards.

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Photoshop Action Tutorials

Once you’ve downloaded and unzipped an action, load it into the ‘Actions’ panel in Photoshop and you’re good to go. Action creators usually put each part of the process into logical, labelled folders, with named layers inside so you can see what’s what when you’re adjusting an effect. Turning the visibility of layers on and off is a great way to learn how an effect is created.

As actions work in different ways, it’s best to check the instructions that come with the download. It’s fun to test different actions to see the results, and you can even use more than one Photoshop action on your work to build up effects.

If you create an effect yourself that you really love and want to replicate in the future, you can learn how to create an action in Photoshop so that you can achieve the same look again fast. Learn More