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Best Free Photoshop Actions

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If you do any photo editing work in Photoshop you are probably well aware of just how time consuming it can be to process and edit photos. Anything that you can do to streamline the process is extremely helpful, especially when you are working with a large number of photos. One of the best ways to reduce time in Photoshop and to streamline your photo editing workflow is to make use of Photoshop actions.

A Photoshop action is essentially a recording of specific steps that you can replay at any time with any photo. Those steps are then automatically carried out and applied to the photo, usually in a matter of just a few seconds (depending on the details of the steps taken in the action).

You can create your own actions for tasks that you tend to do over and over again, and you can also download actions created by others. There is a huge variety of actions available, including both free and paid options. In this post we’ll take a look at 35 awesome Photoshop actions that you can download for free.

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This action considers the needs of photographers as they have created a pack of perfect actions for any post-production work to be done in Photoshop, keeping up with the highest standards of quality that have not been released inside anywhere else on Sleeklens’ bundles.

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HDR Photoshop Action
With this action you can get an intense HDR-like look with bold colors and lots of sharpness.


HDR Photoshop Action

Bold Black & White Photoshop Action
HDR can be done in black & white too, and this action will give you bold black & whites that really stand out.


Bold Black & White Photoshop Action


Color Pop Photoshop Action

If you have a photo with dull colors you can bring them to life easily with this action.


Color Pop Photoshop Action


Boldness Photoshop Action

This one is similar in that it will give colors a pop, but it also adds some sharpness.


Boldness Photoshop Action


Old Film Photoshop Action

Get that old film look with your digital photos by using this handy action.


Old Film Photoshop Action


Faded Film Photoshop Action

This is another action for creating a film look, this time a little bit more faded, which gives it a subtle vintage feel.


Faded Film Photoshop Action


Cool Fantasy Photoshop Action

Add some drama to your photos with this fantasy-inspired effect.


Cool Fantasy Photoshop Action

Soft Haze Photoshop Action
You can lighten and soften your photos by adding a haze effect. This works well with outdoor natural light photos.


Soft Haze Photoshop Action


Matte Photoshop Action

Of course, the matte effect is very popular, especially with portraits. This action makes it easy to add a pleasing matte effect.


Matte Photoshop Action


Nightmare Photoshop Action

With this action you can give your photos a dark, intense look.


Nightmare Photoshop Action


Cross Processing Photoshop Action

Cross processing effects pla with the photos colors and work very well with a wide range of photos.


Cross Processing Photoshop Action


Cross Processing Photoshop Action

This one is another option for easily getting a nice cross processed look.


Cross Processing Photoshop Action


Faded Cross Processed Photoshop Action

This action takes the cross processed looked and gives it a little twist by also adding some fade.


Faded Cross Processed Photoshop Action


Retro Cross Photoshop Action

If you want to use a cross processed effect that will give your photos a subtle vintage or retro feel, this action is an excellent option.


Retro Cross Photoshop Action


Soft Artistic Portrait Photoshop Action

This action is great for giving your portraits a soft and pleasing look.


Soft Artistic Portrait Photoshop Action


Gorgeous Redheads Photoshop Actions

These actions were created for use with portraits of redheads, but they can certainly be useful for other types of photos as well.


Gorgeous Redheads Photoshop Actions


Fairy Photoshop Actions

This fairy action will give photos a soft and slightly faded look.


Fairy Photoshop Actions


Bold Black & White Photoshop Action

If you don’t want your black & whites to be boring, try this action that will make them really pop.


Bold Black & White Photoshop Action


Vintage Matte Photoshop Action

This action applies a matte effect and gives it a vintage feel. The vintage effect is somewhat subtle, but still gives a look that is much different than a standard matte effect.


Vintage Matte Photoshop Action


Vintage Photoshop Action

If you want to give your photos a nice vintage effect, this action is a simple way to do it.


Vintage Photoshop Action


Vintage Light Leak Photoshop Action

Light leaks are a common occurence with vintage cameras and this action will
replicate the look by applying an articifial light leak and a vintage effect.


Vintage Light Leak Photoshop Action


Prestalgia

This set includes even more vintage light leaks.


Prestalgia


Lomocam

These actions were inspired by Lomography effects, and they can add a nice
vintage flair to your photos.


Lomocam


Silver Photoshop Action

This black & white action works well with a wide range of photos and improves
upon the standard b&w conversion.


Silver Photoshop Action


Black & White Photoshop Action

This is another option for great black & whites, as it will give you a nice
high-contrast look that really pops.


B&W Photoshop Action

Ice Photoshop Action
Get a sharp and bold look for your photos with the help of this action.


Ice Photoshop Action


Cinema Photoshop Action

If you are looking to give your photos a cinema or movie-inspired feel, this action is the perfect choice.


Cinema Photoshop Action


Cinema Photoshop Action

This is another excellent option for apply a cinematic look with some added sharpness.


Cinema Photoshop Action


Striking Skies Photoshop Action

Create more dramatic skies to make your landscapes and nature shots more interesting.


Striking Skies


Sunset Photoshop Action

You can replicate the feel of golden hour or sunset with the help of this action. It works best with outdoor photos where the sun is not directly included in the shot.


Sunset Photoshop Action


Sunny Photoshop Actions

Easily give your photos a sunkissed feel with this action.


Sunny Photoshop Action


Aged Black & White Photoshop Action

We’ve already looked at some options for adding boldness and contract to black & whites, and this action will do basically the opposite. This black & white effect will give the appearance of age.


Aged Black & White Photoshop Action

Soft Colors Photoshop Action
Instead of turning up the colors with a color pop action, turn them down and get a soft color effect.


Soft Colors Photoshop Action


Intensity Photoshop Action

This action adds a lot of sharpness and contrast to give photos an intense feel.


Intensity Photoshop Action


Soft, Bright, & Dreamy Photoshop Action

This action is great for getting the soft, airy feel.


Soft, Bright, & Dreamy Photoshop Action

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