If you have never used Photoshop actions before then the ones mentioned below will blow your mind. If you have used them before then these will be a very valuable addition to your Photoshop arsenal.
For those not in the know, actions are Photoshop’s very own automation scripts and if you are not exploiting this wonderful feature then you are missing out on a highly efficient, time saving way to work in Photoshop.
To get you started, below are 5 amazing action sets that everyone should have listed in their actions window.
Everyone loves those Instagram filters and why shouldn’t they? Those vintage style effects, really do add a certain characters to even the plainest of pictures. In a way, you don’t even have to be a photographer to make a regular picture look like a piece of professional photography. But what if you do not have an Instagram account or a smartphone to use it with? No worries, Photoshop actions will come to your rescue.
Retrofilters contains 12 vintage effects that can be applied to your pictures in a single click. They are also non destructive, which means that they do not permanently modify the picture and can be undone in case you don’t like it.
Remember those Holga toy cameras that were all the rage in the 80’s? The ones your parents bought for you on a trip to the beach for 10 bucks a piece? With the massive popularity of the hipster culture, those old fun cameras have made a huge comeback and that style of photography is back in vogue. The only problem is that now they are retailing for way more than $10-15 bucks apiece.
For those who do not want to waste money buying these vintage cameras, there’s a better alternative- The Holgarizer Photoshop action set. These actions allow you to get the much loved surrealistic effect that the Holgas were famous for. The actions set comes with a detailed manual and is very easy to use as well.
Wedding enhancers kit
So the expensive professional photographer you hired to shoot the wedding turned out to be not so professional after all, leaving you even more hesitant to spend more money on fixing those sub-par photographers. Well, why not fix them yourself then?
Wedding enhancers kit is a set of 12 actions that is made specifically to give that dreamy look to wedding photographs. From skin enhancements to dramatic black and white looks, it all can be achieved with this single action pack and once you add the soft light filters to the mix, you will end up with the much sought after ‘fairytale effect’ that makes it all look stunning.
For those of us who work with a lot of stock images, this action is a must have. It is very rare that you will use a stock image as it is without making modifications to it. While Photoshop does provide you with tools to remove a background, the actions that we are talking about here allow us to accomplish that in a much quicker manner. It is particularly very handy when it comes to removing a background color that is segregated in many small parts of variable sizes.
Once limited to expensive DSLRs, HDR or ‘High Dynamic Range’ photography has now made its way to our smartphones too. While phone manufacturers may claim that their phone cameras can do wonders, in reality HDR effects created by phones turn out to be rather lackluster. There are others who are selling apps that claim to get the most HDR potential out of your phone cams but in truth, they can only do so much.
One sure-fire way to maximize the HDR potential of your pictures then is to process them with Photoshop and of course the easiest way to do that is by using the HDR tools Photoshop actions. The HDR tools action set has 4-set of actions that can be used on a wide variety of pictures. If you do not know much about HDR photography then it’s best to experiment with all those actions to see what works best for your pictures.
How do I use these Photoshop actions?
Photoshop actions are pre programmed .atn files that just need to be imported into Photoshop and executed for a particular task to be accomplished automatically. Virtually any task that you do on a regular basis can be converted to an action- from simple things like resizing your images to advanced saturation effects.
To get started, download the Photoshop actions that interest you, from the links provided below. Double clicking the action file will open it in Photoshop and you will be able to use the action right away. If you want to stay a little more organized then you can drop the .atn file in its default folder.
For Windows users: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop\Presets\Photoshop Actions
For Mac users: Applications > Photoshop > Presets > Actions