Here are some free Photoshop Actions that you certainly might find useful. We haven’t given Photoshop much love lately, and still, it’s such a ubiquitous tool. We hope you find these to be as much fun as we have!
Free Black and White Photoshop Action
Photoshop Supply has an action that makes your color photos look great in black and white. Make sure you scroll down, past the examples, to instructions and the download link. It’s free for personal use and commercial use with attribution.
Blacknull’s Modern Artist Photoshop Action Set
This fun effect preset creates a really cool modern art look on your images. There are instructions on this page too.
How to Create a Vintage Photo Effect Action in Photoshop
This is a tutorial from Envato TutsPlus that gives an interesting aged effect. The example with the car actually reminds me of something from the gorgeous film, Roma. There’s a tutorial here as well.
100 Free Photoshop Actions (And How to Make Your Own)
Finally, Tuts+ has a link to 100 free actions. In other words, this should cover almost everything you’d like to do with a Photoshop Action. There are some really cool effects here. In particular, a pinhole photography action. Similarly, the cosmic action to make your subject appear as if they’re a superhero could be especially fun.
Sometimes a Photoshop Action isn’t enough, therefore, this is where plug-ins come into the picture. Here are a few plug-ins, for example, that we really like. These plug-ins can indeed extend Photoshop’s own talents.
Extreme makeover for every skin type.
Beauty Box Photo is a new kind of digital retouching tool. The Adobe Photoshop plugin allows you to quickly and easily erase skin blemishes and even out skin tones – achieving a consistently professional result. Beauty Box Photo uses advanced skin smoothing techniques that enhance the work of photographers at all levels.
Create stunning and realistic light ray effects quickly and easily.
Known as volumetric lighting in computer graphics or crepuscular rays in atmospheric optics, this dramatic effect adds polish and style. Since the rays are only added to highlight areas, they have the effect of passing through objects and add a third-dimensional quality.