Let these Photoshop Actions for Photographers do the work for you
These actions for Photoshop will help you go from raw, unedited photos from the camera to amazing in no time.
The Photoshop Actions for Photographers are designed to help you achieve both the everyday Photoshop tasks you do again and again and special tasks, that are difficult to remember from time to time.
The Photoshop actions are fully adjustable and transparent in letting you see, what they do. Being adjustable means that you won’t have to do with the settings the action use, as you can double click on the layers generated by most of the action to modify the settings, so it fits your particular image. However, the ‘hard work’ of doing a number of specific things in a particular order has been taken care of with these PS actions that can help all Photographers using Photoshop to speed up their workflow.
Check out the product photos above for a few samples of what you can get with the Photoshop Actions for Photographers.
For further information about what’s included in this package with PS actions, please see full product details below.
Who are The Photoshop Actions for Photographers Useful For?
The short answer is all photographers. You can use these Photoshop actions for all kind of images. However, I have designed these Photoshop Actions with landscape, cityscape and nature photographers in mind. This means that there are not an endless number of actions to give your photo an airbrushed glamour look to your photos like you see in commercial photography.
Instead, you get a bundle of the best Photoshop actions for photographers that want to quickly take their images to the next level using Photoshop actions to take care of complex processes and techniques in Photoshop.
Alternative Photoshop Action packages have a significantly higher price point, but I wanted to make a package of Photoshop Actions that are affordable to most photographers, no matter whether you are just a beginning photographer beginning to learn Photoshop, a serious photography enthusiast or a professional photographer.
Bonus added: 8 Web sharpener Photoshop actions
When you resize your images to use them online on social media or on your website, your images will lose sharpness, get a bit brighter and on top of that lose a little hue. You can counteract that by following a number of steps, like resizing in two steps, adding sharpness, converting your image to sRGB, adding hue and making it a bit darker, every time you resize your images. However, as an added bonus to all the great Photoshop actions you get in this package, you also get these extra web sharpener actions for Photoshop.
The web sharpener actions are 8 actions to suit the most common web sizes (1920px, 1200px, 800px, 600px). All of the actions are made for these 4 heights/widths in both landscape and portrait mode.
What’s included in Photoshop Actions for Photographers package?
- Compatible with: Tested on Photoshop CC / Reported by users to work on Photoshop CS6
- Easy to use and adjustable to fit your particular image
- Works on both Windows and Mac
Included Photoshop CC Actions:
- Dodge and Burn Layer
- High Pass Dodge and Burn Brush
- Structure & Contrast
- Detail Enhancer
- Remove Color Cast
- Long Exposure Photostack
- Orton Effect
- High Frequency Sharpening
- Boost Contrast
- Warmth Effect
- Photo LAB Color Boost
- Luminosity Masks
- Glow and Soft Focus
- Atmosphere and Mist
- Gloomy BW Split Tone
- Surface Smoother
- Lomo Effect
- Retro Effect
- Remove Hot Pixel Noise
- Border: Black Narrow / Medium / Wide
- Border: White Narrow / Medium / Wide
- Border: Black (5%) / (10%) – Keep Size
- Border: White (5%) / (10%) – Keep Size
- Border: Crystalize
- Sephia Toning
- Sephia Yellow Split Toning
- Movie Coloring Effect 1 & 2
- Fall Foliage Effect
- Web Sharpener Actions (Use only on output/copy images, not original)
How to Install the Photoshop Actions?
Installing the Photoshop actions is very simple, just follow these few steps:
- Download the product file that you get a link to after you complete the payment process. Alternatively, follow the link in the email, that you will also get after completing the purchase. The file you download is named: Dam-Photo – Photoshop Actions for Photographers.zip
- Once downloaded find it using Finder (Mac) or Windows Explorer (Win) and double-click the .zip file to extract it.
- Next, open the extracted folder and just double-click the file: Dam-Photo – Actions for Photographers.atn. Double-clicking will install the actions in Photoshop ready for you to use.
- To install the Web Sharpener Photoshop actions you should double-click the file: Dam-Photo – Web Sharpener Actions.atn.
- Now the Photoshop actions should be ready for you to use from the Action Panel in Photoshop CC.
- If your experience issues or would like to know other ways of installing Photoshop Actions have a look at this page explaining how to install PS-actions.
How to Use the Photoshop Actions?
- Go to the Photoshop Action Panel. If it is not visible go to the menu: Window -> Actions to activate it.
- In the action panel, you will find a folder/action set called: Dam-Photo: Photoshop Actions for Photographers. If it isn’t open already click on the small arrow just left of the folder icon. Clicking the arrow will open the action set and reveal all the actions included in the Photoshop Action for Photographers Package.
- To run an action select by left-clicking on it (only once) and the press the “play” or “run” button at the bottom of the actions panel. Pressing “play” will execute the selected action and apply it based on the active layer in your image.
- For advanced users: If you prefer to have more control of what each Photoshop action does, you can turn on dialogue windows for either a whole action or individual ‘steps’ of an action. Click the small gray square to make it white and thereby activate that setting dialogue windows appear when you run the Photoshop action. To only enable setting dialogue for a single step of the action, you need to click the left-pointing arrow to the right of the box, to unfold the detailed steps of the Photoshop action. Then you can locate the exact step you wish to see the settings for so you can modify them as the action runs.
- For a better overview of the actions, you can also switch the view mode of the Action panel in Photoshop to use button mode. Button mode displays all actions as buttons. All the included action in the package has a green color in button mode. In button mode, you just need to click the action button once to run it.
The downside to using button mode is that you cannot toggle the dialogue windows on for more control. Furthermore, in button mode, you cannot exclude particular action steps from running.
Detailed Description of Each Action included in Photoshop Actions For Photographers Package
All actions (except for border actions) can be adjusted with the layer opacity slider if nothing else is mentioned below. Also, note that each PS action will create a “before” snapshot so you with a single click can go back to the before state using the history panel and clicking on the latest snapshot at the top.
Dodge and Burn Layer
The Dodge and Burn Layer gives you the possibility to burn and dodge your image in a non-destructive way. To use it run the action and choose a brush suitable for your darkening or brightening specific areas in your image. With the Dodge and Burn Layer selected, choose white and paint on the areas you want to brighten. Choose a black color for the brush to darken areas. If the effect is too strong, just turn down the opacity of the brush. Usually, between 12-20% brush opacity gives you a nice subtle darkening or brightening effect to your image.
High Pass Dodge and Burn Brush
This Photoshop action utilizes a high-pass filter, which is usually used for sharpening, to dodge and burn. However, it will also help bring out details, but focusing on much larger details than you would normally use for sharpening. Running the action will result in a blank/dark mask where you just need to brush over the areas where you want to dodge and burn. The brush already activated and ready for you to sweep over your image where you want extra highlights or shadows.
You don’t need to switch between a separate dodge and burn tool as the high pass filter will automatically darken and brighten when you use the brush. If you want a more subtle effect, you can change the blend mode of the “High Pass Dodge and Burn Brush” to Soft Light. The default setting is Vivid Light. Alternatively, you can also lower or raise the opacity of the layer to decrease or increase the effect.
Structure & Contrast
This photoshop action increases the amount of visible details in the image along with the contrast. If you find that it is too much, just lower the opacity of the Structure & Contrast layer.
The Detail Enhancer action uses a method of inverted surface blur filter to bring forth the details that are already within the image, but not visible. The action might be a little slow, but the result is fantastic.
Remove Color Cast
Remove the color cast of any image with just a single click. Many ND filters are known to add an unwanted green, magenta or blue color cast to long exposure images. However, under different lighting conditions, every image can get a subtle color cast. Just run this Photoshop action to get rid of it. Straightforward and efficient.
This action runs a script that allows you to blend several long exposure photos (of the same subject) into one single smooth long exposure image. It is useful for those situations, where your equipment or the weather conditions don’t allow for longer exposures. Just blend them automatically in Photoshop by running this Photoshop action. When you execute the action, Photoshop will ask you to select the files to blend. Either load the images already open into the stack or select images from your image folder. Remember to check the align images checkbox.
Add a dreamy, soft, fantasy-look to your images with this photoshop action. The Orton effect is achieved by blending a sharp image with an “out of focus” version of the same image.
Adds subtle sharpening to your photo. Use a layer mask to enhance or remove sharpening from specific areas.
Create a cross-processing effect by adjusting the RGB curves individually.
This PS action will create an adjustments curve layer with a typical s-curve shape. Simple but quick.
The Pro Contrast Photoshop action adjusts the dark, bright and mid tones separately, by using luminosity masks. After running the action, you can modify the contrast curves to fit your image.
Give your photos a warm color tone, like it was shot during the golden hour.
Photo LAB Color
Make the colors in your photos pop more by using LAB color space.
You can use the create luminosity mask action to create very precise masks based on the luminosity values in your image. After running the create luminosity masks action select the channel panel to view all the different selection possible. You will find 6 bright masks, 6 mid-tone masks, and 6 dark masks. Hit CMD /Control + left click on the channel thumbnail to activate it as a selection. You should see the “marching ant” indicator enclosing the selection. Ie., select Bright 6 to get a narrow selection of the most highlighted areas in your image based on luminosity values.
Select Bright 1 to get a wider selection of highlights. You can use the selection to make curves adjustments that only affect the particular selection, or use it to limit the brush tool, so it only affects the selected area. Finally, a common use is as a basis for manual exposure blending. A note on using the dark luminosity masks:
A note on using the dark luminosity masks: since dark masks are inverted bright masks, they work a little different which can cause issues for your photo unless you subtract several from channels from each other. You can do this by selecting Dark 1 (CMD/CTRL + left click on Dark 1 and then subtract Dark 3 and then Dark 4) to create a selection that is not reverse). Technical stuff aside, I have done this for you. So when you, for instance, want a good selection for boosting contrast in the only the darker parts of your image, just use the channels Dark Range 1 or Dark Range 2 as your selections of darks.
Since Luminosity Masks increases the file size quite a bit, you might want to use the Delete Luminosity Masks action, when you are finished editing your image.
If your image contains too little data, like being too dark or too bright, the Create Luminosity Masks action will encounter some errors/issues, which means that it cannot 18 luminosity channels based on your image. Just press continue until you step through the action workflow, and you will still have maybe 15 luminosity channels to work with.
Glow and Soft Focus
Easily add a soft focus and glow effect. Furthermore, this photoshop action will boost the image contrast and saturation.
Atmosphere and Mist
Create an early morning mist atmosphere to images.
Gloomy BW Split Tone
Black and white with a blue/yellow twist which results in a gloomy Sephia/selenium split tone effect.
Use this Photoshop action to smooth surfaces like skin and so on. After running this action create a layer mask and fill it with black. Next, use a white brush to add the effect selectively to the areas you want.
Create Lomo style images with blurred edges and cross-processing and soft focus.
Add a trendy retro effect to images with a single click. Both the Lomo and Retro effects are very often used on photos on social media websites.
Remove Hot Pixel Noise
When shooting long exposures, your camera sensor might overheat some pixels, which shows up as small white specks in your image. It can be very tedious work to remove all of them one by one. This action cleans up your image with a single click.
Border: Black Narrow / Medium / Wide
These Photoshop actions add a black border with a single click. This PS action expands the canvas size to fit the border, keeping your image the original size. The border comes with a small white stroke around the image, which can be turned on/off by making the layer style called “Stroke” visible or not.
Border: White Narrow / Medium / Wide
These Photoshop actions add a white border with a single click. This PS action expands the canvas size to fit the border, keeping your image the original size. The border comes with a small black stroke around the image, which can be turned on/off by making the layer style called “Stroke” visible or not.
Border: Black (5%) / (10%) – Keep Size
Add a black border with a single click, while keeping the image size. This means it doesn’t expand the pixel size. (Accurate down to 1-2 px.) The action uses percentage (%) to calculate how much the image should be resized to make room for the border.
Note that the border is i.e. 5% of the height and 5% of the width, which typically makes the width and height of the border uneven. It gives a balanced look to between the border and the image. The border comes with a small white stroke around the image, which can be turned on/off by making the layer style called “Stroke” visible or not.
Border: White (5%) / (10%) – Keep Size
These two PS actions do the same as the Black (5%) or (10%) above, but just with a white color and the optional black stroke.
Create a white border with a crystalize effect.
Basic Sephia toning effect with a single click.
Sephia Yellow Split Toning
Basic Split toning effect using Sephia for the shadows and bright yellow for the highlights.
Movie Coloring Effect 1 & 2
This PS action makes the dark shades a cool blue/green tone while the brighter shades get a warm orange look. The effect makes persons stand out more because the of the complementary colors relation used in the toning.
Fall Foliage Effect
Give your fall images a color boost with the Fall Foliage Effect action. This photoshop action will create a hue adjustment layer, that targets specific fall colors to increase the saturation. In addition, it adds a high pass filter for increased sharpening. To adjust the strength of the colors double click the thumbnail for the hue adjustment layer and modify the settings.
Web Sharpener / Resize Actions (use on output images)
To resize an image to one of the image sizes stated in the action name, just click it and watch it do its magic. If you think that the result is too sharp, just lower the opacity of the Extra Sharpening layer or simply turn it off.
You also have the option to modify the hue adjustments or levels adjustments by double-clicking on these layers. The web sharpener photoshop actions correct the loss of saturation when resizing with the hue adjustment layer. Furthermore, the levels adjustment layer adds a tiny bit of darkness back into your image since sharpening an image often makes it a bit brighter. If you think the settings are a little off, you can easily change it to get the result you want.
Note: this action converts the image to 8-bit which makes you lose the layers. Also, avoid to save the resized images and replacing your original image.
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