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50 Amazing & Cool Photoshop Action Tutorials

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With Photoshop actions, you can create cool photo effects with a single click. You can use them to apply fun filters, add color effects, or even turn a photo into art. 

So if you know how to create actions, you have a powerful tool in your hands! In this article, I'll show you a collection of our Photoshop action tutorials for photo and text effects.

And if you've never heard of Photoshop actions or are not sure how to use them, you can use these tutorials as an intro:

Painting and Drawing Photoshop Actions

Some photos would look great as a painting or a drawing, but you don't have to be an artist to achieve such an effect— you can use special actions to turn photos into paintings! You can choose from watercolors, oil, drawing, or digital painting effects. In these tutorials, you'll learn how to create such effects and how to use them as actions.

Photo Effect Photoshop Actions

If you have a good photo, you can make it even better by adding a special effect to it. You can change its colors, add some magical lighting, and play with shadows. There are so many things you can do to enhance a photo without making it obviously manipulated! And in these tutorials you'll learn how to add such effects.

Cool Photo Effect Photoshop Actions

But maybe you don't care about being subtle—maybe you want to add some magic to your photos. In these tutorials, you'll learn how to add cool photo effects that turn your photos into something completely new—works of art on their own. Give new life to your photos with these fun photo filters!

Text Effect Photoshop Actions

Actions can be applied to text as well. You can change colors, shape, and even add special materials to the letters, making them much more appealing than ordinary text. In these tutorials, you'll learn how to add such special effects to your text in Photoshop with actions.

Typography Photo Effect Photoshop Actions

A picture is worth a thousand words, but words can make a picture, too! In these tutorials, you'll learn how to use text to enhance photos and transform them into eye-catching artworks.

Animated Photo Effect Photoshop Actions

If you want to add some life to a photo, you can create an animation out of it. And did you know that it's possible to animate photos with Photoshop actions, too? In these tutorials, you'll learn how to do it!


Photoshop actions are a real life-saver if you need to apply a cool photo effect quickly. But before you can use such an action, you must create it. But did you know that many artists publish their Photoshop actions on Envato Elements, ready to download and use? Whenever you need cool Photoshop portrait actions, photo effects, or magical text effects, take a look at the gallery and see if they have what you need!

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