Photoshop actions can be a tremendous time-saver for those folks who usually follow a specific style or a few in their photo editing workflow. Instead of doing the same number of steps over and over again every time you wanna post process a photo, you can just do all of that within a few seconds with the click of one button.But Photoshop actions are not only good in that area. These actions have hugely expanded lately as a great way for photographers and designers alike, to share their favorite photo effects with the world. Some even create sets of actions and offer them to their visitors for a price.
By using Photoshop Actions, designers can easily replicate repeating steps and save their time. Furthermore, with the help of Photoshop Actions one can easily edit photographs and create beautiful art work.
In this round up, we have gathered useful collection of Photoshop Actions Best for beginners and all are time saving.
Add A Realistic Rainbow To A Photo
In these Photoshop Effects, we’ll learn how to easily add a rainbow, and even a double rainbow, to a photo! As we’ll see, Photoshop ships with a ready-made rainbow gradient for us to use. We’ll learn where to find it and how to load it in. We’ll also learn how to flip the order of the colors in a gradient, which we’ll need to do to create a more realistic double rainbow effect. Of course, as with most photo effects, it helps if you start with the right type of image. In this case, a photo taken outdoors is a good place to start. If it happens to be a landscape photo taken after a rain storm, even better! I’ll be using Photoshop CS5 throughout this tutorial but any recent version will work.
If you’re after a toy-camera-style effect, this action produces just that. Nice and simple to use, but very effective and convincing results (similar to Instagram images) including over-saturated colours, bleeding and heavy vignettes.
This set of actions creates hipstamatic-style images inside Photoshop. The download includes three actions, each of which creates a recognisable treatment including borders and noise.
This excellent free action creates a simple heavily-aged photo effect.
Quickly and easily whiten teeth with a natural-looking result with this handy action from ModernActions. The script targets particular tones, brightening off-whites for a simple way to achieve a more pleasing set of gnashers!
This simple set of actions allows you to quickly change the colour of eyes in your photos. Choose from a set of different actions according to the colour you’d like, and adjust for a final result. Great time-saver when you need to alter eye colour.
This action adds a punchy high-contrast black & white effect to your photographs. It produces a nice grittiness with heavy grain and over-saturated blacks. Great for creating a stylized image.
The final stage of image preparation should be to sharpen your images according to the final delivery method – you sharpen differently for print or screen. This free action from MCP Actions offers a simple one-click solution to sharpening, with the ability to control the degree of sharpening that’s been applied after the fact by adjusting the opacity and masking of layers.
Water Reflection Effect
In this Photoshop tutorial, we’ll learn how to easily add a realistic water reflection to any photo. It’s a very easy effect to create and you can add it to any photo you like, although it tends to work best with images that don’t already contain water in them. We’ll be using a simple filter and a displacement map to create the water ripple effect, and a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to give our water a little color.
Turn any image into a Polaroid instantly with one of 10 different effects. Includes colour treatments and shadows automatically, and it’s one of those Photoshop actions you’ll use again and again.
Used in combination with an existing selection or mask, this smooths skin while retaining textures and colouring saving clean-up time.
This simple action creates a beautiful blockbuster-film look, heightening details in your photographs and increasing contrast, while introducing a blue/green tint.
Automatically turn your images into half-tone comic cells with hard outlines and simplified colours. Quirky and fun results!
That’s right: Photoshop actions can improve your skin! Skin Glow Enhacements is an action that brings skin tones to life with a healthy glow. Also has the effect of warming the entire image slightly, making for a sun-kissed tone.
How about a fun effect for your incredibly boring photo albums? Creating a old comic book effect for your photos is easy and the results are visually appealing. More fun is achieved when adding captions to your photos using comic book fonts and design elements.
This tutorial will show you how to give a comic book look to your photos using a couple of filters and some additional decorations
Want to make your images look like they’ve through a time warp? Then get experimenting with this old photo action, which adds colour and contrast.
Create highly stylised images with drastically different colours and contrast.
Creating Energy Spheres in Photoshop
For this effect you’ll want to find a photo of someone doing something that looks a bit larger than life. I used this photo that I found at the stock photo website Stock Exchange. For this tutorial you’ll need a photo that you want to manipulate and some special brush sets which I downloaded .
This will be the final result.
Remove the lack of contrast that comes with HDR photography with this set of four actions; HDR fix light, normal, heavy, and clicker.
Broken Glass Effect
This is an easy and quick tutorial on how to apply a realistic broken glass effect to a background image using Photoshop brushes.
Enlarge a low-res image so it looks great in print, or start with a larger image and blow it up to poster or billboard size. New upsampling preserves detail and sharpness without introducing noise.
Use the Pen Tool and a lot of patience to create this excellent grass effect.
This beginner-level effect allows you to create text that glows.
Set your text on fire with the Smudge Tool and some layer masking.
Using wood textures and some layer masks, you can create this “wooden inlay” effect
This is PSDTUT’s rendition of the popular glass text effect.
Here we’ll learn how to create an abstract photo manipulation that looks like you’ve just painted the subject. I’ve included lots of useful techniques for creating impressive abstract pieces, like using brushes, patterns and textures. I’ve tried to keep this simple but if you don’t understand any steps then just skip it as not all of them are compulsory.
Create Cool Watercolor Effects
Lots of famous designers such as Bruno Fujii, Margot Mace, Raphaël of My Dead Pony, Stina Person, use watercolor effect in their illustrations and it looks fantastic. These days you don’t need watercolor paint to add this awesome effect to your image, Photoshop will help you to perform this task.
Creating Depth of Field Using the Lens Blur Filter
Ever wondered what the Lens Blur Filter in Photoshop actually does? It’s pretty interesting, actually. Unlike the other blur filters you can actually control the amount of depth and where it’s applied in an image using alpha channels. Lets take a look at how this works.
First up, lets grab a good photo to experiment on. I found this awesome traffic shot by SmokingPermitted on Flickr.I like this photo because it has a very long focus. Basically items in the foreground and background are in focus.
Once the photo is open in Photoshop, switch over to Quick Mask Mode (Q) and use a large soft black brush to draw a line across the first row of cars.
Now exit Quick Mask Mode, and should should have a selection like the one below.
Now, over on the Channels Panel, click the new Create New Channel icon and fill the selection with white.
Now you can release the selection (Cmd+D) and switch back over to your layers. Lets open the Lens Blur Filter from (Filter | Blur | Lens Blur). In the Lens Blur window choose “Alpha 1″ (which is the new alpha channel you created) as the Depth Map.
Select Okay and your image should be blurred similar to the one below. I love this effect because it creates a tilt/shift style blur giving the scene a micro look.
To bump the contrast further the tilt/shift effect, lets duplicate the layer, and set the duplicate layer’s blending mode to Overlay.
Hope you enjoy these effects as much as I did. Till next time.