In this article tripwire magazine presents a very large collection of Photoshop actions (some in large bundles). A Photoshop action is a series of tasks that you play back on a single file or a batch of files. Actions can make nearly any change to an image and examples could be changing the image size, adding new layers, appling filters, saving files in a specific format etc. With the click of a button an action can help us achieve time consuming effects in no time you just need to have access to the right actions. Read on and you will hopefully find what you need.
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Free Photoshop Actions
Introducing a new huge pack of actions for Color Postwork
A Photoshop action set including two actions (for up- and lengthwise photos) and a texture to emulate the look of Gum Bichromate Prints from the 19th century. I tried this action and the effect is simply brilliant!
This action will turn your images into comic looking pictures. Will run smooth on CS2, I am not sure about the other version… Would be nice if you let me know!
With this action you can create a page curl in any of the four corners of an image.
Another Page Curl action is available here. (free but registration regquired)
Takes one click of the mouse to obtain clean black lines on a transparent background.
This small action takes the information from the background of an image (namely the outlines of a drawing) and puts it in a spare layer, where only black exists. The white pixels are now transparent, and the grey pixels are actually black with reduced opacity.
CAUTION: this is intended to work with grayscale images. RGB images are supported, as long as the background containing the artwork does not have colors.
Apply 3D photo cube effect to any image. I played with this action and it is amazing how the box is build up. But it is not easy to use as the image used is not centered on the box sides as expected. Also you need to have one layer onle called background so if you paste in the image you want to use it is necessary to flatten to the background layer.
Produces a natural ‘clean’ appearance whilst retaining important skin textures.
I tried this action and it works ok. I just used the lasso to select an area on and above the nose for a test run of the action. I found that you should lower the Gaussian Blur significantly compared to the value it suggests.
Turn your photo into a “Crystal Ball".
To make the results look like a real Crystal Ball, you’ll want to start with an image that’s been cropped to be square, but you can also get interesting effects by running the action on a rectangular image.
An action which converts your pics into black and white ..inspired by Russel Preston Brown
Action includes: Ageing; Colour; Cracks; Bending and as a bonus Old Paper Style. Please read the Instructions first, before you run the action.
Out of Bounds (free but registration regquired)
With this action you can create reallly cool effects where objects is placed out of bounds of an background image. It is a powerful effect ex. to catch peoples attention fx. a specific area on a website front page.
A collection of Photoshop Actions developed with the photographer in mind.
Automatically frame an image in a Polaroid border with this set of Photoshop actions.
These 2 sets of actions play tricks with borders and shadows to give your images a pseudo-3D look:
1. The B&B actions.
This set is one of my old classics; it contains many variations of the same border @ bending theme.
2. The Discrete actions.
An alternative, very elegant approach to the particular technique.
The actions simulate various elements, such as larger and smaller raindrops & water flowing over a foggy window. All layers are left intact at the end.
The “TackIt! Mini” action creates a web-ready picture tacked up on a bulletin board. This handy little effect has plenty of customization options, including the width of the picture border, the amount of shadow for both the photo and tack, and the color of the tack.
The action creates 20 slats and adds a number of decorative elements, making use of semi-transparent layers. In addition to the main effect, the action creates another two interesting perspectives.
This is an action for photo ageing. Photo must be larger than 200 px.
12 good color actions here and many many more at deviantart.com
1. Soft Love – A color adjustment that has a soft/pinkish/pale affect on skin with a feathery gloss over it.
2. Hard Love – Same as Soft Love but without the feathery gloss and a pinch of added contrast.
3. Missing Mile – A dark adjustment that has a tendency to turn some skin shades a pale green. Complete with a vignette and an almost diffused look.
4. Professional BW
5. Professional BW Grain – On some photos, depending on how large, the grain can be a bit overruling or too little. If it doesn’t work out, use number 4 and experiment with gaussian noise.
6. Inverted Mary – A very interesting color adjustment (my personal favorite) that has an almost pop-art affect on skin.
7. Inverted Mary Blu – Same as number 6 but with an extreme fill of blue.
8. Soft Bleach – Bleaches out the color and gives the photo a feathery gloss.
9. Dreaming – Gives a high contrasted and feathery look.
10. Summer – Gives a warm glaze, very summerlike.
11. Spring – Gives a greenish/yellowish glaze, very springlike.
12. Happy – And adjustment that I thought this piece wouldn’t be complete without. The classic, poloroid-esque remix
An individual Action to color some eyes..
Now you can create your own famous document or treasure map! All you have to do is play the action and then print it out. You get an 8 1/2×11 inch piece of paper with tears, yellowed edges and other artifacts.
Cross-processing, briefly, is a photographic technique where (usually) slide film (E6) is processed in the set of chemicals usually used to process print film (C41). (Less common is cross-processing in the other direction — print film processed in slide film chemicals) The result is images with oddly skewed colors and increased contrast and saturation.
The problem we’re running into now, however, is that this process depends on shooting with film. What happens if you’re one of the photographers who have made the jump to digital?