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Free Photoshop Actions from Your Guide
Add artistic effects to your photos with these free actions.

Here are some free actions for you to artistic effects to your photos in Photoshop 6.0 or 7.0. They may work in earlier versions, but I have not tested them. Feel free to pick the actions apart and examine them to learn how each of the effects was created. If you find these files useful, I would appreciate a link back to this site [http://graphicssoft.about.com/]. Enjoy!

Special Note: These effects would not have been possible if I had not been inspired by Richard Lynch's technique for splitting luminosty from color as explained is his outstanding book, The Hidden Power of Photoshop Elements 2. Even if you don't use Photoshop Elements, it's loaded with useful information. Click the title to compare prices. These actions have been tested in Photoshop 6.0 and 7.0, but may be able to be used in Photoshop Elements with the help of Richard Lynch's Photoshop Actions Tool for Elements, however, I have not tested this.

Terms of Use | Unzipping Help | Loading The Actions
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Sue's Photo Effects Actions
(ATN file - right click to save.)
Or click here if you prefer a .zip file.

These small Web images do not portray the effects as nicely as they will appear when applied to a larger image. Six artistic effects are included in the action set. You will need to highlight the actual action (not the set) in the actions palette before the play option will become available. The Paint by Numbers effect has two versions, one for Photoshop 6.0 and another for Photoshop 7.0.

Original Photo

Paint by Numbers


Color Sketch

Old Time Color

Colored Pencil

Distant Dreams

Sue's Symmetry Action -->

Questions or comments about these actions? Talk about it in the forum!

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Terms of Use:
You are free to use any of the files here for personal or commercial designs, either in print or on the Web, excluding items for resale. You may not give away, sell, or redistribute the files in any way. Do not post these files on any another Web site, , electronically distribute them, or include them in any package for distribution. If you find these files useful, please include a credit line or a link back to this site [http://graphicssoft.about.com/]. If you have questions about these terms, see my usage FAQs.
Terms of use last modified 8/14/03.


Zip File Help:
To extract the files you will need an unzipping tool such as Winzip or PowerArchiver. Mac users can use Aladdin's free Stuffit Expander. Consult your software help file for specific instructions on unzipping files. Also see What's the Best Zip/Unzip Tool? and Unzipping Files from About.com's Shareware/Freeware Guide.

Loading the actions into Photoshop:
To load an action set, go to the Actions palette, then click the small arrow in the top right corner and navigate to the location where you saved the action. Select the file you'd like to load and it will be added to the actions palette. Learn more about creating and using actions from my links to Action Tips.

About the actions:
These actions were created in Photoshop 6.0 or 7.0 by Sue Chastain.

Some images from Nova Development's Art Explosion 600,000.

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