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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:

Free Photoshop Action Video Tutorials

There are plenty of Photoshop effects, and we know you'd like to learn how to use them all. Here, we've gathered for you some of our best Adobe Photoshop action tutorials so you can begin learning. 

We'll start with the basics, and then we'll jump into more details and teach you how to create a sketch Photoshop action, some Photoshop actions for portraits, and more.

This is only a short selection of Photoshop action tutorials. But don't forget to check our Envato Tuts+ YouTube channel to find even more useful videos. 

1. What Are Photoshop Actions?

This Photoshop action tutorial is great if you're just starting to learn the ropes. A Photoshop action is the fastest way to apply a large graphic effect to any image in a few clicks. Learn more in our video. 

2. How to Use Photoshop Actions

After you've reviewed the basic concept, it's time to learn how to exactly apply an action. Check the details in this handy Adobe Photoshop action tutorial.

3. How to Create an Action in Adobe Photoshop

Now you know how to use Photoshop actions like the ones you can get from Envato Elements. But what if you want to create your own from scratch? You can learn how in our free Photoshop action tutorial.

4. How to Create a Photoshop Batch Action

Learning how to make a Photoshop batch action can be handy when you've got a large number of pictures to edit, and you need to apply the same action to all of them. You can learn how to save a lot of time in this Photoshop action tutorial.

5. How to Create a Sketch Effect Action in Adobe Photoshop

We've shared with you some very useful basic information about Photoshop actions. Now it's time to get into some detail. If you've ever wanted to create a sketch Photoshop action, this is the tutorial for you!

6. Create a Photoshop Action to Turn a Photo Into a Drawing

This Adobe Photoshop action tutorial will come in handy for the art fans. In just a few clicks, you'll learn how to turn a picture into a drawing with our help. 

7. Make a Photoshop Action to Create a Portrait Photo Effect

Photoshop actions for portraits are a fantastic way to transform your pictures, and you can learn how to do it in our tutorial.

No doubt, this is one of the best Photoshop actions you can learn how to master.

8. How to Make a Retro Comic Book Portrait Effect Action in Photoshop

The retro comic book effect is a very funny photo filter. And you can apply this cool Photoshop action for portraits to surprise your friends!

9. How to Create a Dreamy Glow Effect Photoshop Action

Use this skin smoothing Photoshop action to give your images a dreamy glow effect. This free Photoshop action tutorial is a great one that will give your photos a whimsical touch in a couple of clicks!

10. How to Create a 3D Text Effect Action in Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop text actions are necessary, especially if you're a graphic designer or a similar creative professional. With this Photoshop action tutorial, you can learn how to master this effect really quickly.

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 Photoshop effects to turn photos into works of art!

There are watercolor Photoshop actions, painting Photoshop actions, oil paint Photoshop actions, vintage Photoshop actions, and many more.

In these free Photoshop action tutorials, you'll learn how to create such effects.

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. 

We've got black and white Photoshop actions, vintage Photoshop actions, and more cool options to choose from.

There are so many things you can do to enhance a photo without making it obviously manipulated! And in these Adobe Photoshop action tutorials, you'll learn how to add such effects.

Cool Photo Effect Photoshop Effects

But maybe you don't care about being subtle—maybe you want to add some magic to your photos. In these free Photoshop action 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!

Adobe Photoshop Text Actions

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

Typography Photo Effect Photoshop Actions

A picture is worth a thousand words, but words can make a picture, too! In these Photoshop action 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 free Photoshop action tutorials, you'll learn how to do it!

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You've seen our amazing Photoshop action tutorials. Now, you need to know about this: Envato Elements has a fantastic, all-inclusive offer you can't ignore!

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In addition, one of the greatest benefits of Envato Elements is that it saves you the time and energy needed when you're designing and editing from scratch.

10 Best Photoshop Actions to Download From Envato Elements

Here, I've gathered ten of the best Photoshop actions from Envato Elements. We've got some oil paint Photoshop actions, cartoon Photoshop actions, skin smoothing Photoshop actions, beauty Photoshop actions, and everything in between. You'll be able to transform any image in just a few clicks!

1. Photoshop Action for Portraits (ATN)

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Get this Photoshop action for portraits to give your pictures a warm and attractive look. The photo filter features six toning actions that can be used in portraits, fashion, editorial, or fine-art images.

2. Watercolor Photoshop Action (ABR, ATN)

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This watercolor Photoshop action will transform your pictures into true artworks in a couple of clicks. It's very easy to use. Just brush onto the areas of your photo that you want to turn into watercolor art and play the action.

3. Cartoon Photoshop Action (ATN)

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This is a very cool cartoon Photoshop action that you can use in any image. This photo filter also doubles as an oil paint Photoshop action. Don't hesitate to try this action made for designers and photographers who wish to create new and attractive designs. 

4. Painting Photoshop Actions (ATN)

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Ever wanted to turn your portraits into a painting? With this painting Photoshop action, you can do it in a breeze. This photo filter works in layers, and the good thing is that it works in a non-destructive way to achieve a high-quality look. So, the original image layer will remain unchanged. Try it out!

5. Sketch Photoshop Action (ABR, ATN, PAT)

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This cool sketch Photoshop action was designed with architects and designers in mind. It will save you hours of work and will turn your designs into professional sketches very quickly. We recommend you try this photo filter in Photoshop CS3 and higher.

6. Vintage Photoshop Action (ATN)

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We've got this really nice vintage Photoshop action that will turn your images into vintage film shots. The best news is that this photo effect actually is a pack of ten vintage Photoshop actions to turn your images into retro works of art.

7. Black and White Photoshop Actions (ATN)

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Monochrome tones are always attractive and give pictures an elegant and sober look. The advantage of using one of our photo filters is that you'll get a very professional result in minutes. Try this amazing black and white Photoshop action on your pictures and surprise yourself!

8. Skin Smoothing Photoshop Actions (ATN)

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Skin smoothing Photoshop actions are very useful for professional photographers. This pack of 24 retouching actions lets you retouch portraits in a fraction of the time with only a beginner's knowledge of Photoshop. You can mattify, airbrush, and heal skin using the same techniques professionals use.

9. Beauty Photoshop Action (ATN)

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This beauty Photoshop action offers everything you may need, from high-end magazine-quality editing to quick retouching for everyday use.

It's one of the best Photoshop actions we've got. It comes with a 30+ page in-depth Beauty Guide, plus a plethora of Adobe Photoshop action tutorials you can view.

10. Adobe Photoshop Text Action (ABR, ATN)

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Get this cute Adobe Photoshop text action and get your text written in the sky with airplanes. It's really easy to use and a very cool effect. If this isn't your cup of tea, we have plenty of Adobe Photoshop text actions to choose from!


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 best Photoshop actions on Envato Elements, ready to download and use? Whenever you need a beauty Photoshop action, cool cartoon Photoshop actions, black and white Photoshop actions, oil paint Photoshop actions, photo effects, or magical text effects, take a look at our libraries, and you'll find what you need!

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