Published: December 26, 2006
Here are three of my favorite actions. They were created in Photoshop 7, but should work in newer (and possibly older) versions of the program.
Infrared: Creates an effect similiar to using Infrared film. The last step adds a Hue/Saturation tint, which can be toggled on and off in the layers pallet. Works best with landscapes. This action flattens your original artwork; use on a duplicate image.
SoftFocus: Creates an effect similar to using a soft-focus film lens. Works best with high-key (bright) images of people. After the last step, a new layer with the effect is created. Change the opacity (or any other layer effect) to weaken or strengthen the effect.
SoftFocus Alt.: Creates a sort of "opposite" effect to SoftFocus. Works best with high-key (bright) images. You can change the opacity of the resulting layer to suit your needs.
Be sure to click Download to save the file!
This is Version 1.
This is my most popular deviation, with 1,111 as of this writing (January 8, 2009). I am very impressed! If you liked the Photoshop actions and use them, please show me an example of the result.