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EDIT 1/25/08: `LuneBleu wrote are good article about Photoshop Actions and how to install them. Check it out!

EDIT 9/18/07:
:bulletred: Fixed some issues with language versions others than EN.
:bulletred: Maybe I should mention that on square format photos it doesn't matter which action you use. Just resize the texture layer which is added at the end.
:bulletred: Added an extra .ATN for Photoshop 7 Users


A Photoshop action set including two actions (for up- and lengthwise photos) and a texture to emulate the look of Gum Bichromate Prints from the 19th century.

This action is specially dedicated to `equivoque

How to install the action:

1. Put the .ATN file from the zip in a directory of your choice. It doesn't need to be in the Photoshop directory.
2. Choose Load Actions from the Actions palette menu.
3. Select the action set file from the directory you saved it.
4. Click Load.
5. Play it.

Check out other fine pieces of german engineering straight out the Rawimage Laboratories!


DISCLAIMER: I spent a lot of time creating this action. It helps you to save time, and maybe you can even learn something new. Nevertheless, to install and use Photoshop actions you have to have at least basic Photoshop skills. I won't help you with that. There are plenty of Tutorials on dA and the www.
My actions often have the approach to mimic a certain kind of photographic process. I enjoy to study prints and to reveal its essence, while thinking of a way to empathize this essence with Photoshop. I'm aware that my actions don't create adequate substitutes for an original piece. I just mention this, because there were some purists and hardliners in the past, that shook their heads or even felt offended. Consider this simply a nerdy hobby of mine.
A weak point of Photoshop actions is, that it's not convenient to load files (like textures) during playback, if you want to use the actions on different machines. That's because the paths saved in the action are absolute. To make the outcome perfect, you should adjust the layers and values to your needs and place additional textures manually.
DeviantART has changed the submission rules (again). From now on .ATN files have to be zipped to be approved. Sorry for the inconvenience!
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Djolanderr Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
It doesn't work for me, when i play the action, it says "The command "copy" is not currently avaiable"...
im using photoshop CS6
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rawimage Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
That's odd. Make sure to start with a flat 8 bit image.
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:icondjolanderr:
Djolanderr Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
nvm, i solved it, i had to duplicate the layer...
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:icondjolanderr:
Djolanderr Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
also sorry for double comment, deviantart bugged my comment...
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:icondjolanderr:
Djolanderr Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
It doesn't work for me, when i play the action, it says "The command "copy" is not currently avaiable"...
im using photoshop CS6
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:iconautumnlotus:
AutumnLotus Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Incredible look, nice work.
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:iconpebs4ever:
pebs4ever Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
Thanks for sharing! This is very cool.
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:iconbordeauxberry:
BordeauxBerry Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
great effect! very old look, never could do this alone so well
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:iconrawimage:
rawimage Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:thanks:
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:iconzuckerzwerg:
zuckerzwerg Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
WOW!!! Very nice, thanks a lot! :)
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:iconlindasegerson:
LindaSegerson Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Thank you...I just downloaded and tried it out.....love it!
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:iconkokkkok:
kokkkok Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
thank you ^__^
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:iconmthendrickson:
mthendrickson Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
i'm a beginner,which photoshop best to start out with, i'm use to printshop but want to change. have windows 7 and xp and windows 8
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:iconjewelbug247:
Jewelbug247 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
TYVM!!
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:iconphaedris:
Phaedris Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Thanks once again! [link] :iconlawooplz:
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:iconpeterohara:
peterohara Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Thanks very much for your actions! I made a donation. Have a Happy New Year!
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:iconrawimage:
rawimage Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow! Thanks Peter, that's more than a dime. :faint:
Happy new year (why, my starts pretty happy)

PS: Consider yourself a premium user. If there's anything I can do action-wise, let me know via mail or note.
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RantiveMike Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Thank you so much, rawimage! I've used PS for years and, frankly, I had never thought of this much less tried to do it. It will have a good home. Thanks again!
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:icon3otiko:
3otiko Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
Thanks a lot!
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:iconmrpudd:
MrPudd Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
can't wait to use it. Nice one.
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:iconplutone123:
plutone123 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Thanks, looks really interesting.
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:iconmingtoi:
Mingtoi Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I am an OLD dog & VERY new to digital editing, but I am going to bite the bullet & try to use this with PSE10. I will post IF I am successful. Thank you for this Action.
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:iconrawimage:
rawimage Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello Old Dog, I'm afraid to say that PSE won't do the trick. :(
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:iconmingtoi:
Mingtoi Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Bummer. . .any ideas? or suggestions?
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:iconrawimage:
rawimage Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
No, I'm sorry. :shrug:
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:iconreverierevel:
ReverieRevel Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Professional Photographer
I love this! Played with it last night and got [link] - adjusted for more contrast and clarity. Really nice action- thanks!!
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:iconrawimage:
rawimage Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent. Works perfect here!
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:iconphaedris:
Phaedris Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
Thank you! The first action I've downloaded that's actually worked :-)
:thumbsup:
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:iconrawimage:
rawimage Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:lol:
Yeah, there's plenty of crap out there.
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:iconcillahughes1:
cillahughes1 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi, i've been using photoshop for 6 months now but have never used actions, what is it they allow you to do that i cant otherwise complete how I am working now? Thank you so much
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:iconrawimage:
rawimage Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
They allow you nothing else, they're just time savers. :D For further information consult Photoshop Help, or Google.
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:iconrobinson77:
robinson77 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Great job. Really impressive.
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:iconanarosemary:
AnaRosemary Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
Hi, I used your action here [link]
Thanks for sharing, it's awesome.
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:iconwebbb82:
webbb82 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You Photoshop action/ set has just been featured on Digital ink Magazine in our "50 Free Photoshop Actions" article. Keep up the great work, If you wish to view this article please visit
[link]
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:icondarlaguyton:
darlaguyton Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
Awesome! Thank you very much!
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:iconmevsimce:
mevsimce Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
amazing, thank you
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:iconfien59:
fien59 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
Looking great!
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:iconpicture-in-a-frame:
picture-in-a-frame Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
I used this amazing action here:
[link]
thank you so much!
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:iconc-free:
c-free Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
Love the look!
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:iconmirkypix:
Mirkypix Featured By Owner May 16, 2011
Does this work in GIMP aswell?
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:iconrawimage:
rawimage Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
unfortunately not, sorry :/
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:iconakamc77:
akamc77 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011   Photographer
Fantastic1
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:iconshinywen:
shinywen Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010
This is so fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing!!!!
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:iconhadesdecharon:
hadesdecharon Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
Okay, now this is just freaking awesome. Once I find my copy of Photoshop, I'm totally giving this a shot. A++
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:iconjgda9rs:
JGDA9RS Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010
seems like the film era/genre used quite a bit of foodie items to develop film lol
i heard these things called 'gelatin' print and stuff like that, now a 'Gum' Bichromate?
i do like the image you have here though. might give it a try, though i'm on a bit of a
ps action diet lol i dont wanna get used to utilizing them all the time, though i wanna
learn how to make them.
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:iconrawimage:
rawimage Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
haha, not exactly to develop but to print :lol:

Yeah.. making them is way more fun than using them. :nod:
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:iconumarq8:
umarq8 Featured By Owner May 19, 2010
Really nice ,I like your efforts.
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:iconanvh:
Anvh Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
Have looked a bit further it's the action "torn edge" it seems the image balance of that option is set too low, with the current settings the rendered clouds turn into one "fill"
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:iconrawimage:
rawimage Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I encountered this bug sometimes too, I think it happens if the images size/resolution is too high or low, can't remember. It's been a while :D
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Anvh Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
Ah okay thank you, I thought it would be something like that, the resolution would be too low in my case. :)

Could you tell me how it needs to look like, 50/50 for the red and white or a different balance?
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