Go for it - Photoshop Actions
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Hello people :wave:

More and more people are using Photoshop Actions, whether for photography, photomanipulation, or other style of art you like.
The truth is that these Photoshop Actions improve the final result in many ways and make it easy for you to achieve the most incredible effects.

What are photoshop Actions?
- Photoshop actions are a pre-recorded set of actions done in photoshop to achieve a certain effect. Instead of loosing maybe 1 hour trying to get the perfect contrast, texture, or even more complex effects, just by pressing Play, you have all these steps in 3 seconds.

After I download the Photoshop Actions, how do I install and use them?
- After you download the file, in case it's zipped, you must unzip t first. The file will be something like XXXX.atn. Then you must copy that file and paste it on the Photoshop Actions folder: My Computer > Local Disc > Programs > Adobe > Adobe Photoshop > Presets > Photoshop Actions.
After this procedure, on your Photoshop you must go to Window > Actions and, on the box where you have your actions, you must press the little button on the rigth upper corner (not the close button lol)and then choose Load Actions. After this is done, you just need to choose the Action you just pasted before and it's ready to use; press Play and see the magic happening on your image.

Now I've selected some Free Photoshop Actions available right here on deviantART.
Please feel free to Browse on Categories > Resources > Application Resources > Photoshop Actions to find many more Photoshop Actions for you to use. As I told, this is just a small selection among all the variety available on deviantART.
Take care :heart:

Cross-Processing ATN by mutato-nomine Lara Jade Actions- Free Sample by larafairie Photoshop Color Actions 2 by AliceInUnderland
Polaroid GENERATOR V1 by rawimage :thumb39165883: Photographers Toolkit 1 by WallStorm
Old Photo Action by sakiryildirim Actions: 'Retro-Vintage' by rocketlaunch 50 Photoshop Postwork Actions by mauricioestrella
:thumb65235848: :thumb64167501: :thumb72221601:
My first actions set by surrender---x3 :thumb55472849: Wedding Theme Action by ver00nika
:thumb64978297: Hand-colored Vintage Photo ATN by mutato-nomine :thumb52929059:
Color + tone enhancing by adityadigaddi :thumb54756023: Photo Coloring II by iconmaker91
:thumb45508759: Black And White by Jean31 Glass n Plastic Sphere Actions by Grasycho
Lomo LC-A Photoshop Action by klez666 Snow Text by mutato-nomine photography edit actions 1 by depairfactor
Old Black and White by Lydia-distracted Split Toning by mutato-nomine Actions_1 by ravendecay
:thumb44942017: :thumb70102937: :thumb53673550:
Action - 001 by raemaz The Classic Black and White. by hiimlucifer :thumb53298489:
Action 02 by color3d Transparent Glass Style for PS by PeterTWL Cool photo effect action by Numizmat
:thumb67255703: Stamp Maker Photoshop Action by Grasycho Photoshop Actions  Adjustments by fluorescencia
Vintage Film Effect by fallout75 Difuse + lighten by mahgnitton
:thumb71654554: Dark Sepia Action -UPDATED- by XxBirtaxX action 02 by fragmentado
Color Action V1.5 by TheSilentHero Sepia Tones by Insan-Stock Photo Coloring IV by iconmaker91
:thumb53541499: :thumb62578472: E6-C41 B-W Cross Process Set by WallStorm
:thumb64443974: Motivational Posters by Custard-Cream Actions for photoshop. by PiPiPiilu
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nicoamanta's avatar
THANKS :) (Smile) 
iMonster1's avatar
how to download it ?
Justhisgood's avatar
Thanks i used this in my action pack description
tasha-p's avatar
tasha-pHobbyist General Artist
thank u :3
dgmjh's avatar
xDania's avatar
xDania Digital Artist
Thank you! :heart:
kazimkirmani's avatar
Thanks for sharing this!

Just a quick question: If I don't want to frame it / resize the image as per the standard Polaroid size, and I want to retain the original image size, is there an option for it?
LuneBleu's avatar
LuneBleuProfessional Digital Artist
You have to ask to the person who did those Actions. :)
kazimkirmani's avatar
Yes. I realized by error. But thanks anyways for explaining the way Actions work in baby-steps.. you made it quite easy and simple for a lay-man like me to understand!
kazimkirmani's avatar
Oops! I posted the wrong comment here! Just realized!

But thanks for sharing this technique. I'm not too well-versed with Photoshop, and this article has seriously helped!!!
MsTique01's avatar
Gotta come here first if you need to know, saves searchin net forever, thanks for the info!
Jeremylasts's avatar
JeremylastsHobbyist Photographer
Thank you for writing this useful article but I have a problem :)
I do whatever you said till "you must press the little button on the rigth upper corner and then choose Load Actions" because in my screen it is grey, I cannot press it in any way. So, I cannot complete my action.

Can you recommend sth about that?
Aprilik's avatar
ah,you helped me ALOT!thank you! ;D
cateyed-art's avatar
thank you so much! :rose:
Chic-Chick's avatar
Great selections!
supermondi's avatar
Nice!but i cant load it from my photoshop..
there are nothing in my action folder T_T..
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Onyx-JadeHobbyist Writer
What you can also do is drag and drop the file to the actual action tab in photoshop.
add-dda's avatar
great collection & great article :hug:
hombre-cz's avatar
hombre-czHobbyist Photographer
gr8 resources :worship: thankieeee :thanks:
AngeL-FaLL's avatar
can i they use on Photoshop Element 5 or 6 ? Because in the Adope is no folder Photoshop Actions.
Can someone help me ??
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Onyx-JadeHobbyist Writer
Well, with my adobe photoshop I just drag and drop the .atn file to the "action" tab! HIH
takemetotheriot's avatar
like the article with the brushes, this one was really helpful too :) thank you !
DemonicxxGirl's avatar
man, that was so helpfull... thanks.
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