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Tips and Tricks: Photoshop Actions

October 14, 2014

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Photoshop Actions are procedures that have been pre-recoded, so to speak, that allow you to perform specific graphics editing tasks automatically. Giving photos a retro look, for example, or doing text effects without having to follow a tutorial.

If you’ve never worked with Photoshop Actions before, you might want to take a look at this article: How to Install and Use Photoshop Actions. Some actions can also be used in Photoshop Elements. Just remember, if you want to use Actions when making greeting card designs, choose the desired results that will conform to the GCU Submission Guidelines.

If you’ve upgraded your version of Photoshop, you can save actions to your new computer or Photoshop (video tutorial).

Here are some lists of fun, free Photoshop Actions. Have fun!

50 Free Photoshop Actions

The Coffee Shop Blog – Photoshop/PSE Actions

Vandelay Designs: 45 Amazing and Free Photoshop Actions

There are lots of other sites offering Photoshop Actions for sale and for free. Have a look around for more.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 14, 2014 10:34 am

    Doreen, Thank you so much for the links to these great resources. I have been a fan of the Coffee Shop blog for a little while. This post certainly feeds my action addiction! Between new fonts, actions, and styles to try, I am really considering quitting my day job so I can play! (I can dream can’t I?)

  2. October 14, 2014 10:38 am

    Aw, thanks for featuring my card!! I actually used my own homemade actions in processing the image for that card. Actions are great! Maybe sometime you can do a tutorial teaching people how to make their own? : )

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