1. Technology

Free Adobe Photoshop Actions and Scripts to Download

Introduced in Photoshop version 4, actions can save time and increase productivity by automating repetitive tasks. They can also be used for reproducing techniques and creating special effects that can be shared with other Photoshop users. Here you'll find links to free actions to download as well as searchable action archives online. Also included here are various scripts for automating tasks in Photoshop CS and higher.
  1. Actions & Batch Processing

One-Click Portrait Touch-Up
Download a free Adobe Photoshop one-click action for smoothing skin and concealing blemishes in your portrait photos.

Free Orton Effect Action for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements
This action creates an Orton Effect on your image to give it a dreamy quality. The Orton Effect works best on candid portraits, landscapes, and photos of children or animals. Besides creating a dream-like effect, it can be useful for salvaging photos that you didn't quite get in focus to begin with.

Free Photoshop Action for Red Eye Removal
Download a free red eye removal action for Adobe Photoshop. This action was created by site reader "Lonely Walker" an contributed for anyone to download and use.

How to Use Photoshop Actions in Photoshop Elements
Some Photoshop Actions can be used in Photoshop Elements, but they are accessed in a different way depending on the version of Photoshop Elements. Here you'll find tools to help you use Photoshop actions within Photoshop Elements, links to help you find Elements-compatible actions, and tips for Photoshop users who want to create actions that...

Double to Single Page Layout Action for Digital Scrapbooking
Use this action in Photoshop to quickly transform double-paged layouts into two single-paged layers in order to print, while preserving your original double-paged layouts. This is a time saver if you create your layouts in double-paged spreads.

Sue's Action Assortment #1
A random assortment of image effect actions: Exploding text, bumpy text, shiny text, grungy text, watermark, lightning, and rock wall.

Sue's Cartoon Effects Actions
Turn your photos into cartoons with these six free actions for comic book and cartoon effects.

Sue's Photo Effects Actions
Add artistic effects to your photos with these free actions: Paint by Number, Watercolor, Colored Pencil, Color Sketch, Old Time Color, Distant Dreams.

Sue's Symmetry Action for Photoshop 6 and up
The free symmetry action enlarges the canvas and then duplicates and mirrors the original image vertically and horizontally to create symmetry. Compatible with Photoshop 6.0 and up.

Action Addiction
Free text effect actions including electra, gaseous, terminal, plastika, concrete decay, phaser, electron, Xlight, and more. A few of the sets must be purchased on CD.

Action FX
Many free actions, plus advanced actions, tutorials, and other Photoshop and Photoshop Elements goodies available for a membership fee.

Adobe Evangelists Photoshop Actions
Some useful actions including: Density and Color Variations, Nine Different Effects, Saving out Snapshots, Saving out Layers, Stippled Effect.

Adobe Photoshop Actions
Three free actions for modifying portraits: Waterized, Comicized, and Halflit.

Adobe Photoshop Scripts from Jeff Tranberry
Jeff Tranberry provides several Photoshop scripts such as: Layers to PNG, Converting to sRGB for Save For Web, Create New Document, Create Frames from Layers, Reveal All, Close all open docs without saving, Turn off the preference for "Resize Image During Paste/Place", Turn on the preference for "Resize Image During Paste/Place", Create a .log file, and more.

Automating Panoramas
"Two Photoshop actions for assembling panoramas from two or three images on a new canvas ready for blending."

David Nagel's Color and Light 1 Actions
"This collection focuses on a few aspects of light and color in Photoshop, including six adjustable image effects and one utilitarian action."

David Nagel's Photoshop Border Effects, Series 1
"18 actions for creating borders in Adobe Photoshop... ragged edges, soft vignettes and other effects, all of which are editable, so you can modify them to your liking."

Digital Deluxe Toolbox
This action set for Adobe Photoshop 6.x is intended for use with digital photography, to aid and assist the photographer in achieving better images.

Digital Tropic Actions
Fool's gold, chrome car emblem, rocky type, bumpy rock, neon text, metal ball.

Fred Miranda Actions & Profiles
Several actions for improving digital camera images: Digital Infrared, Digital Velvia, Dynamic Range Increase, and Noise Reducer. Specific actions for Canon D30 and Olympus E-10/20 cameras. Also actions for improved upsampling and sharpening.

Harry's Actions
11 free actions for creating various effects in Adobe Photoshop 4 and up. Includes Drop Shadow from Selection, 5 Border Effects, Mist, Smog, Fog, Evening Sky, and Fire Inferno.

Kristin Bradley's Photoshop 5 Actions
"Create cool automatic effects in Photoshop. These are original actions available only through this web site."

ISO DeNoise Actions (Win/Mac)
These Photoshop actions are designed to reduce high-ISO color noise artifacts and reduce high-ISO grain.c

Monochrome & Infrared Conversion Actions
Two actions: one for advanced monochrome conversions (color to black and white) and one for a pseudo-infrared effect.

P2B Perfect Skies
"Easily replace overexposed skies with a picture perfect sky, complete with randomly generated light clouds."

Page Curl Photoshop Action
"This action simply creates a page curl in any of the four corners of an image."

Phong's Basic Actions
A collection of time saving actions that provide basic control over selections and allow you to quickly add gaussian blurs and flip layers. You just may find yourself using these every day. This site is not compatible with Netscape 4.

The Photoshop Action Pack (Mac-only)
"56 Actions that allow you to control all of Photoshop's functions. In addition, the Action Pack includes special filter operations that let you sort images based on various criteria including EXIF and IPTC tags, color mode, size, orientation and aspect ratio. With the Automator Action Pack, you can execute complex batch operations that are impossible with Photoshop's internal Actions."

Photoshop Action! Free Actions for Photoshop
Six galleries of border actions, two galleries of special effects actions, two galleries of text actions, plus tutorials on how to use them. Actions are for Photoshop 5.0 and up.

Photoshop Paint With Texture
Photoshop 6 and higher actions that turn photos into paintings. US$12.50.

Run Photoshop Actions in Elements
Richard Lynch, author of "The Hidden Power of Photoshop Elements 2" has provided this free download which allows users to play Photoshop Actions in Elements. Also includes demos of the Hidden Power tools available in the book.

Siva's Photoshop Conditional Action
"Siva's Photoshop Conditional Action allows you to execute your Actions based on Conditions. No programming needed. Just click and define your conditions."

Soft Focus for Landscapes
"Discussion and tutorial on applying soft focus to landscape images. Photoshop actions for soft focus effects are available for downloading."

Speed Up Your Design Time with Photoshop Actions
Mayhem Studios offers several free Photoshop actions including red eye removal, a brushed metal effect, sharpening, and one for finding the center of an image.

Zero-G Digital Design Actions
Free original actions for text effects, image creation, weird effects, and more.

ZWGdesign Actions
Two free actions, one creates a seamless marble design and the other creates a button.

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