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30 Cool Photoshop Photo Effects to Add Style & Wow

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Add stylish cool effects to your photos in less time with Photoshop effects! Check out this list of premium resources below.

30 Cool Photoshop Photo Effects

We live in an image-driven world. From social media to personal branding, cool and stylish aesthetics help your work stand out. So make things easier by using amazing premium templates to make cool photo edits and wow your friends and audience.

Cloud Cool Photoshop Edits
This cloud effect is one of many premium Photoshop actions on Envato Elements.

We've put together another great selection of the best photo filters and resources that will add instant charm to your work. From landscape photography to portraits and selfies, these Photoshop photo effects are professional and simple to use.

Just open these templates in Photoshop and let the magic begin! Featuring cool and exciting effects with retro colors, pretty bokeh, and more, these effects take the headache out of cumbersome editing.

I've hand-picked cool photo effects from the amazing selections available on Envato Elements and Envato Market. You can make amazing, cool pictures when you add these effects to photos.

Want to see these resources in action? Check out some Photoshop edits below.

Envato Elements: Unlimited Access to Photoshop Actions and Effects

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You can find many high-quality Photoshop photo effects while on Envato Elements, all included with your subscription. For one low monthly fee, you'll have unlimited access to the entire Envato Elements library. That means unlimited downloads of photo filters, stock videos, fonts, and more.

I've rounded up some of the best photo effects for Photoshop available for Envato Elements so you can get started on your projects. Get cool Photoshop ideas from browsing these photo filters.

Add these effects to photos you're working on and watch them transform into cool Photoshop edits! 

1. RGB / Glitch Photo FX (PSD)

We'll start things off with this cool glitch effect. Make cool picture edits with the included PSD file. The best part? This effect can be used without affecting your original photo. Experiment and create to your heart's content, and make changes as you see fit. 

RGB Glitch Photoshop Effect

2. Redwood Fairytale Photoshop Actions (ATN)

We have this gorgeous set of Redwood Photoshop actions that fit perfectly into a fairytale theme. Designed to add a touch of warmth and richness to your work, these actions are stylish and efficient.

Redwood Fairytale Cool Photoshop

With the same story in mind and a super adorable subject, I used this Photoshop action on this sweet Fantasy Girl photo from Pixabay. Instantly it creates a rich color scheme for more drama and tone. With this action, it won't take long to learn how to make cool Photoshop ideas. Add one of the best photo filters to your collection today!

Redwood Fairytale Cool Photoshop

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3. Shimmer Photoshop Action (ATN)

A little shimmer goes a long way. So create compelling photos for your profiles, websites, or posters with this sweet Photoshop action. Tried and tested on Photoshop versions CS3 and above, this action creates shimmering bokeh and light effects quickly and easily. Make cool picture edits in just a few clicks!

Shimmer Photoshop Action

4. Bokeh & Light Leaks Photo Overlays (JPG)

Photo overlays are a fun way to add fantastic special effects. This pack, for instance, includes 15 high-resolution bokeh and light leaks. You can quickly add effects to photos in Photoshop with this pack. Render gorgeous, out-of-focus results for a totally unique look.

Bokeh Light Leaks Photo Overlays

5. Synergy Photoshop Action (ABR, ATN, PAT, PNG)

Create trippy, psychedelic photo effects inspired by retro neon colors and geometric shapes. To use this Synergy action, just fill the area where you'd like to apply the effect, press play, and create Photoshop edits. Instantly you'll get an impressive look perfect for posters and party flyers.

Synergy Photoshop Action

6. Paints Photoshop Action (ABR, ATN, PAT)

There are many cool ways to edit photos that let you express yourself. This eye-popping, paint-inspired Photoshop action is a perfect example. It creates a unique look with drip and blob effects for a shiny, realistic result. Simply open your own photo and play the action to take advantage of this incredible effect. Give it a shot!

Paints Photoshop Action

7. Light & Dark - Photoshop Actions (ATN)

Save hours of work making rays of sunlight by hand! This quality Photoshop action creates a glorious light and dark result for dramatic portrait and landscape photography. Choose from 20 color corrections and follow the detailed video tutorial also included for more help on how to make cool pictures.

Light  Dark - Photoshop Actions

8. Cloud Photoshop Action (ABR, ATN)

The abstract nature of clouds and smoke can add a lot of mystery to your work. This smart photo effect kit helps you make fantastic abstract designs using complex shapes and elegant, cloudy waves. Get inspired to try cool Photoshop ideas with this action. 

Cloud Photoshop Edits Action

9. Artistic Smoke Portrait Photo Effect Templates (PSD)

Design stunning website headers, posters, and more with this smoky portrait photo effect. This wonderful pack of Photoshop photo effect templates uses smart objects to apply fiery smoke and fire effects to your pieces. They're easy to customize, and you have complete control over the final result. Try this effect out if you've been looking to make cool photo edits.

Artistic Smoke Portrait Photo Effect Templates

10. Hipster Photo Template (PSD)

Are you a fan of the cosmos? Create trippy, hipster-looking pieces with this cool hipster photo template. Create amazing, cool pictures with this pack of high-quality backgrounds, filters, and vector geometric elements. Just insert your photo to get started!

Hipster Photo Template

11. Matte Pastels Photoshop Action (ATN)

Some actions are a lot more subtle and unique. This matte pastels Photoshop action will add an instant dreamy appearance to any great location shot. Compatible with Photoshop versions CS5 and above, this action creates film effects styled like photographer Masashi Wakui and is one of the best photo filters for recreating film color grades.

Matte Pastels

12. Frequency Photoshop Action (ATN)

Want a photo effect that's different but still cool? This frequency Photoshop action will add just enough pizzazz to your photos for a refreshing, new appearance. Create the desired effect in just a few seconds with Adobe Photoshop and high-resolution images.

Frequency Photoshop Action

13. Doodle Mosaic Art Photoshop Action (ABR, ATN, PAT)

Love to doodle? Now you can incorporate fun doodle effects into your portraits! This next Photoshop action transforms your selfies with hand-drawn artwork in seconds! Apply this action to your compositions to try out five paper textures along with ten color presets.

Doodle Mosaic Art Photoshop Action

14. Vivid Glamour Action Set (ATN)

It can take years to master photo retouching. That's why we're bringing you this magnificent set of vivid glamor Photoshop actions. Perfect for portrait or landscape photos, this action set adds sharpness and amazing filters with the click of a button. These photo filters work to add quality to your photos, without looking cheesy. Check them out!

Vivid Glamour Action Set

15. 28 Real B&W Film Emulations (ATN, PAT)

Add real film grain and textures to your photos in just seconds! This collection is a beautiful set of cool photo effects. It has premium black-and-white film emulations, and features 15 contrast effects and eight seamless grains. The amount varies depending on your photo, so make sure to experiment for amazing results!

28 Real BW Film Emulations

GraphicRiver: Incredible Single-Purchase Photoshop Effects

Envato Elements is a fantastic subscription service, but it might not be the right fit for everyone. If you don't need access to thousands of cool Photoshop effects and just want to pay for one, choose GraphicRiver.

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Premium Photoshop effects create stunning photo effects, but you won't need to search for cool ways to edit photos for long! Let's dive into some of the best actions that can be found on GraphicRiver.

1. 15 Matte Fashion Photoshop Action (ATN)

Add that fairytale cinematic appeal with this phenomenal set of matte Photoshop actions. A recent addition to the market, this is a one-click Photoshop action with a total of 15 effects. 

15 Matte Fashion Photoshop Action

Inspired by Alice in Wonderland, I tried out this action on this lovely Fantasy Picture from Pixabay. Not only did it add more balance to the color scheme, but it also made it appear more cinematic and appealing. You won't struggle with making cool Photoshop edits with this action. Give it a try!

15 Matte Fashion Photoshop Action example

2. Realistic Dream Photo Effect (ATN)

If fantasy portraiture is your style, then you'll definitely love this dreamy photo effect. A high-quality Photoshop action, this effect slightly blurs your photo and works perfectly on fashion and makeup portraits. Download it now and get access to one action file and a helpful instructional guide.

Realistic Dream Photo Effect

3. Hello Autumn Photoshop Action (ATN, PAT)

Sometimes it's hard to create the perfect composition as a photographer. Luckily, you can add any effect you'd like with the help of Photoshop actions. This download features a phenomenal action that lets you add falling autumn leaves in just one click! Give it a try!

Hello Autumn Photoshop Action

4. Cinematic Movie Effect (ATN)

Recreate the look of your favorite movies with this bundle of cinematic effects. Great for photographers, designers, and any art lover, this photo effect package contains several high-resolution actions. Try them out on portrait, fantasy, or even nature compositions.

Cinematic Movie Effect

5. Hearts Photo Effect (ABR, ATN)

Are you a fan of the Queen of Hearts? Show off your love of hearts and romance with this beautiful photo effect. A Photoshop action that's quick and effective, this action is optimized for many languages in Photoshop. Surprise your friends and family with lovely photo effects!

Hearts Photo Effect

6. Epic Glow Art Photoshop Action (ATN)

Adding glow to your nature and animal photos can create dreamy effects like the one seen below. Try this Epic Glow Art Photoshop action packed with lots of layers and options to customize your design. Easily change the colors, texture, and glow intensity for a magical effect.

Epic Glow Art Photoshop Action

7. Dramatic Effect Photoshop Action (ATN)

Add drama to your portraits in one simple step! This one-click action creates stunning pictures with incredible contrast and intense lighting. Enjoy this non-destructive way of editing your photos without hurting the originals. Give it a try!

Dramatic Effect Photoshop Action

8. Gold Confetti Photoshop Action (ABR, ATN)

Add a luxurious gold confetti effect to your work for impressive, realistic results! Featuring a unique Photoshop action with stunning textures and shine, this effect works great with Photoshop versions CS3 and above. Choose from nine light-source directions to customize the lighting.

Gold Confetti Photoshop Action

9. Premium Oil Painting Action (ATN)

Are you an aspiring artist with a love for traditional mediums? Then you'll definitely want this premium oil painting action. Designed to create a lifelike result with beautiful warped textures, this Photoshop action contains eight awesome effects. Try it out on any selfie or family photo!

Premium Oil Painting Action

10. Gif Animated Confetti Glitter Effect Photoshop Action (ABR, ATN)

You don't have to master animation to make the most out of this remarkable art form. Just use an animated action like this confetti glitter effect. Instantly add falling confetti to any portrait or landscape photo for a fun, celebratory look. Check it out!

Gif Animated Confetti Glitter Effect Photoshop Action

11. Golden Bokeh Photo Overlay Effects (ATN, JPG)

Design extraordinary photos with magical bokeh effects. This photo overlay pack is perfect for any Photoshop pictures, fantasy or fashion! It comes with a collection of 52 bokeh overlays which instantly turn any composition into a charming, fantastical creation. Use these Photoshop effects to create stunning photo effects for posters, ads, and more!

Golden Bokeh Photo Overlay Effects

12. Modern - Painting Art Photoshop Action (ABR, ATN, PAT, PSD)

Don't have time for the messiness of traditional acrylic painting? This awesome modern painting action is great for creatives short on time. Add these effects to photos to create a textural, modern painting inspired by the masters.

Modern - Painting Art Photoshop Action

13. Concept Mix Art Photoshop Action (ABR, ATN, JPG, PAT)

Mixed media pieces combine several art forms together for new and amazing results. This next Photoshop action is great for giving your work that traditional look. Included in this download is one action file along with all the patterns and brushes needed to add more customization to your cool photo edits.

Concept Mix Art Photoshop Action

14. Drawing Essential Photoshop Action (ATN, PAT)

With many years of training and patience, you too could become an extraordinary artist. But you can also get that same traditional drawing look by using a Photoshop action. This new arrival creates realistic hand drawings inspired by the real thing! Check it out to make cool picture edits!

Drawing Essential Photoshop Action

15. Caricature Maker (ABR, ATN, JPG)

You don't have to be a professional artist to create a charismatic caricature. Just use an awesome caricature maker like this one to distort your face for a funny, cartoonish effect. Upload your photo with ease and choose from 35 caricature effects to transform your face quickly. It's one of the best hand-drawn photo filters around! 

Caricature Maker

16. Escher Ribbon FX - Photoshop Add-On (ATN, JSX, PAT, ZXP)

Many Photoshop add-ons are inspired by famous art techniques. This Escher Ribbon effect add-on allows users to add a cool ribbon effect to almost any portrait or object. Don't worry about how to make trendy pictures with this action. Follow the helpful video tutorial that's included to see how it works and create your own surreal Photoshop pictures!

Escher Ribbon FX - Photoshop Add-On

Show Us Your Photo Effects!

Tried any of these assets? Let us know! Tell us your favorite Photoshop photo effects in the comments below.

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This has been a collection of premium resources perfect for the avid designer and photographer. For more cool Photoshop photo effects, check out Envato Market and Envato Elements, or enlist the help of our talented professionals at Envato Studio. Happy designing!

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