40+ Special Effects Photoshop Actions


Considered difficult to master, actions are often overlooked by most Photoshop users. It’s true that actions are not as simple to use as layer styles or even as Photoshop plugins, and that the concept of automation has always be beyond the scope of most users.

But if you take a closer look at Photoshop actions, you will find that they are easy to understand and can help you automate your hard work, such as applying a series of repetitive changes to a group of images, for example.

An action no more than a recording of a series of tasks performed in Photoshop. Once created, you can apply that action on an image or a series of images. You can even make an action to create an image from scratch.

The following list is a gallery of free special, color, photo and text effects actions ready to download an use in Photoshop. Although these Photoshop Actions are free, please read the terms of use in each download page.

Free Photoshop Actions Gallery

Click on each image to go the download page

Old photo effect Photo fan effect Reflective chrome text effect
Tack it effect Bent photo Photo mosaic
Tv photo effect Glossy transparent text effect Forest text effect
Las vegas text effect Retro chrome text effect Brushed Iron text effect
Color sketch Embossed tape text effect Grunge text effect
Photo mosaic Postal stamp effect Photo book
Knitting photo effect Polaroid photo effect Cross processing effect
Comic book effect Wood textures Blue marble effect
Watercolor effect Pencil sketch Cartoon effect
Sandwich text effect Outer space effect
Siral bind effect Starry night text effect Stained glass
Grungy goth paint effect Explosion effect Water text effect
Glassy text effect Candy text effect Pizza text effect
Sun action Ebookcover action Photo cube effect

Photoshop Actions Books

The Designer's Apprentice: Automating Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign in Adobe Creative Suite 3

The Designer’s Apprentice: Automating Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign in Adobe Creative Suite 3

Al Ward's Photoshop Productivity Toolkit: Over 600 Time-Saving Actions

Al Ward’s Photoshop Productivity Toolkit: Over 600 Time-Saving Actions

Photoshop CS2 Actions and Automation

Photoshop CS2 Actions and Automation

Photoshop Actions Tutorials and Resources

» Photoshop Support Actions Directory

One of the best Photoshop actions page available. It gathers links to some Photoshop actions tutorials and links to lots of other actions not featured in this article.

» Adobe Exchange: Photoshop Actions

Directly from Adobe, a Photoshop actions repository. Thousands of actions here.

» Deviant Art Photoshop Actions Section

What can I say about Deviant Art that hasn’t been said already. There are so many actions here that you will have to spend a lot of time to check them all.