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25 Best Photoshop Actions With Creative Photo Effects

You can achieve very high-quality photo effects without it having to take you days, hours, or your whole work week creating them from scratch.

In this article, we showcase a selection of our best photo effect Photoshop actions from Envato Market (updated weekly), with a huge variety of commercial-quality, creative styles to work with, that will save you a ton of time. 

Best Photoshop Photo Effect Actions
Best Selling PSD Photo Effect Actions - available for sale on Envato Market (GraphicRiver)

These creative photo effects are made for designers and digital artists that work in Adobe Photoshop. They can help you transform your photos and add a number of innovative effects to them, taking your flyers, posters, or photo manipulations to the next level!

Each downloadable PSD action is easy to work with. Get results with the push of a button. Readily direct how each action works with your source photos. Most of these actions work with brushes that you can apply and control. You can then further customize the effects from the resulting organized layers to get exactly the look you’re aiming for.  

Jump into this collection, and learn more about the time-saving, professional Photoshop Actions that can transform your photos with professional creative effects!

Creative Photo Effects Photoshop Actions

Here are 25 brilliant photo effects PSD actions that you can purchase from Envato Market for  just $6 each. A number of these are designed by the prolific Power Elite Author SevenStyles, also Elite Author Eugene-design, as well as Authors Profactions and BlackNull.

There are a whole lot of creative photo effects here, that will transform your photos, such as those with: high energy and glowing sparks, to fractures and explosions, to paint splatters and charcoal.

Whether you want a style that feels hand-crafted or bleeds with digital detail, make the next work you create stand-out with one of these vivid Photoshop photo effect actions.

1. Hand Drawn - Photoshop Effect Action

With this Photoshop action you can create a professional hand drawn photo effect in no time!

Just brush over the areas of your photo that you want to have the hand drawn detail applied to, play the action, and it will run in just a couple minutes. Inside the brushed area will be detailed, and outside the brushed area will have a more sketchy edge style, which blends in nicely.

After each action has played, it creates a well-organized, easy to work with layer structure that can be customized further. Like the rest of SevenStyles PSD actions, it has been tested on hundreds of photos in Photoshop CS3 through CC versions.

Hand Drawn PSD Photo Effect Action

2. Watercolor - Effect Photoshop Action

Apply this watercolor Photoshop action to your photos to get an artistic effect. It quick to apply this expressive style to your photos and the result allows for further customization. 

The resulting layers can be further adjusted with full creative control. Be sure to apply this to high resolution photos, in the range of 1500 pixels to 3,500 pixels for best results, so you can really see all the rich details.

Watercolor - Effect PSD Photo Action

3. Energy - Photoshop Photo Action

This is the best Photoshop photo action for energy effects, and it’s very popular, with great customer ratings. The results are commercial quality. It’s made for both beginners and experts and is quick to work with. This PSD action will save you a ton of time. It also includes 50 fractal brushes at 2500 pixel high resolution.

Energy PSD Photo Effect Action

4. Legendary - Creative Photoshop Action

Control your light source with this masterful PSD photo effect action. You can apply amazing light effects in Photoshop that connect with your subject, draw the viewer's eye to your focal point, and add drama and impact to your photos. In addition, you can choose the light color so it fuses with your source photo. There are ten color options to work with.

Legendary Photo Effect Creative Photoshop Action

5. Smoke - PSD Photo Effect Action

Smoke is an effect that adds mystery to your photo manipulations. With this action, it’s quick to take your source photo from plain to magically floating within just a few minutes inside Photoshop—creating awesome smoke effect results. Make your photos appear as mystical apparitions. 

Smoke Photoshop Photo Effect Action

6. FireStorm - Effect Photoshop Action

Light your photos on fire with this intense and highly detailed Photoshop firestorm effect action. Use it to tell a story with your photos, like a shot of a dancer now burning up the stage or the rose of a love affair combusting like a forest fire.

You can control four directions of blazing flames with this action. Every time you run it, you get a fresh, completely unique result. The more brushed angles (left, right, up, down) you apply this action to, the more flames you’ll generate, until your photo is blazing like an inferno.

FireStorm Photo Effect Photoshop Action

7. Fracture - Photoshop Photo Action

Energy is unpredictable, it travels through our bodies as we move, contorting one way, while opposite forces counterbalance our actions—impacting the space we occupy. Capture that feeling with this Fracture photo effect action.

Use it to create a complex, compelling design from your photo fast! Just brush over your photo, run the action, and the resulting Photoshop file is set up with organized, color coded, properly named layers to further customize as you see fit.

Fracture Photoshop Photo Effect Action

8. PolyEx - Photoshop Photo Effect Action

This Photoshop photo effect can take your source photos and add a trendy style of triangles and polygonal mesh to your work, quickly transforming it into an energetic set of shapes. Apply a poly style to your photos with ease. It’s great for adding that bit of flair that makes your designs leap out as distinctive.

PolyEx PSD Photo Effect Action

9. Charcoal Effect - Photoshop Photo Action

Charcoal is a creative medium, and one of the core tools used early on in art schools, which allows you to quickly capture an image with raw gestural movements. It’s what you see famous painters having used to draft initial sketches of their defining works.

There’s a history and tradition attached to this medium. You can capture that quick, sketchy artistic feeling in your digital work with this photo effect action. There are five unique charcoal styles, and high resolution brushes included in this download, allowing you to create artistic charcoal designs from your photos with ease!

Charcoal Effect PSD Photo Action

10. Explosion - Photo Effect PSD Action

Give your photos the power and disruptive strength of an explosion effect. With just a few clicks unleash a driving force in your work. You can control where the explosion appears on your Photoshop canvas, brushing where it will show in your photos, so you can direct the final effect on the viewer.

Explosion Photo Effect Photoshop Action

11. Tekniq - Creative Photoshop Action

If you’re looking for a quick way to add a compelling mix of sketchy linework with colorful artistic brushes of color, then this effect is a must add to your digital toolkit. Tekniq is a unique PSD photo effect action that allows you to create an abstract digital art piece from your photo with ease.

Tekniq Creative Photo Effect Photoshop Action

12. Shatter2 - Photoshop Action Photo Effect

Breaking up your photo in a shatter of creativity is a unique effect that lends cinematic action to your work. Explode your designs into multiple pieces of triangular debris. This Shatter PSD photo effect action is quick to work with, easy to control, will save you tons of Photoshop work, while giving you an inspiring result!

Shatter2 PSD Action Photo Effect

13. Newspaper Art - Stylish Photoshop Action

This Newspaper Art PSD action turn your photos into paper style composition of words, print clippings, and bits of newspaper. It looks like mixed media with a hand-crafted printed style. If you want a unique work with a creative result that doesn’t readily look made in Photoshop, grab this photo effect action.

Newspaper Art Stylish Photoshop Action

14. 3D Dispersion - Photoshop Photo Effect Action

Add a three-dimensional effect of flying particles to your work. Simple, amazing, and quick results in Photoshop! Take your photo and apply a brush over the area you want to disperse, then play the action, and control the direction of the effect.

With this dispersion PSD photo effect action, you can make it look like someone is moving so fast that they broke through to another dimension and are leaving a trail of themselves in their wake.

3D Dispersion PSD Photo Effect Action

15. Architectum - Artistic PS Photo Action

This is a beautiful action with easy to control Photoshop effects that transform your photos into a classically painted artwork style—one that has a colored focal point, and sketchy architectural quality line throughout the rest of the image. 

In addition to the main PSD action there are ten color present options, lots of graphic elements, and completely editable layers. It’s easy to run the action and customize the results!

Architectum Artistic Effect PS Photo Action

16. Sparkler - Photoshop Action Photo Effect

Transform your photos into a compelling night shot effect with a poignant area of glowing colored sparkler. Add a striking element of text (or glowing wonder) to your posters, flyers, or next digital work.

With this Photoshop action you can control the sparkler color, the glow of light, and focal area of ground glow. Easily paint the area you want illuminated with this glowing sparkler effect. Then save the results with a transparent background and drag-and-drop results into your designs.

Sparkler Photoshop Action Photo Effect

17. Renegade - Glowing Effect Photoshop Action

Make a professional photo manipulation with this Renegade Photoshop Action. It has a number of overlapping effects that give energetic shapes and lines of glow overlaid on creative elements.

Instantly turn a photo into a work of art. Lots of customization options with a ton of tips and tricks delivered by SevenStyles in this hour long Photo Effect tutorial. Discover just how flexible it is to work with this photo effect action.

Renegade Glowing Effect PSD Photo Action

18. Grunge 2 - Grity Style Photo Effect Action

Add a darker creative theme to your work with Grunge 2, a Photoshop photo action with layered gritty effects of rough lines and splattered paint. The PSD action set includes 19 paint textures with background photos, and 12 presets in the download files. You have lots of creative control over the results after this action runs. Give your photos just the right amount of grunge styling!

Grunge 2 PSD Photo Effect Action

19. Epic - Creative Effect Photoshop Action

With dramatic colored lighting, and just the right amount of digital smoke filled with glowing particles, the Epic Photoshop Action will transform your source photo from blasé to legendary.

Add this cinematic Photoshop photo effect to your digital toolbox, and use it to quickly change smoke, backgrounds, particles and how you light the subjects in your work. Jump to a creative fully-formed composition with just a few clicks.

Epic Creative Photo Effect Photoshop Action

20. Caricature - Fun Photo Effect Photoshop Action

This is a really fun Photoshop photo effect action, which you can use to create expressive caricatures from your photos. There are four funny caricature styles included. 

You can readily control how they are applied to your photo, and adjust the eyes, eyebrows, lips, nose, and ears—picking and choosing which features you exaggerate. Get quick, professional, amusing results with this set of PSD photo effect actions.

Fun Photo Effect Photoshop Action

21. Acrylic 2 - Artistic Photoshop Photo Action

Use the Acrylic 2 artistic photo effect action to turn your images into colorful acrylic style paintings. There are numerous setting that are included in this PSD action, which you can adjust to render your composition with vivid colors and expressive brush strokes. Create great portraits, and morph your photos into works of art quickly, with this stylish Photoshop photo effect.

Acrylic 2 Artistic Photo Effect Photo Action

22. Shatter - Realistic Photoshop Action Effect

Do you want to shatter metal, disintegrate body parts, or break apart areas of your photos? If you need a realistic photo effect, that takes your image, and gives you control over shattering it into particles of tiny shapes, then this Photoshop action is a stylish choice.

It only takes a few clicks to get professional results with the Shatter PSD action. You can readily control the image areas that have shattered effects applied to your photos by just applying a brush, then running the action.

Shatter Realistic Photo Action Effect

23. Paint Splatter - Photoshop Photo Effects

Turn your image into a piece of modern art in just a few clicks. This Photoshop photo effect action automatically creates a number of paint splatter effects and graphic elements. It’s easy to use, non-destructive, and fully-editable. It also included well organized layers, a text guide, and video walkthrough.

Paint Splatter Photoshop Photo Effect Actions

24. Magic Dust - Creative Photoshop Photo Action

Quickly add colorful magic dust to your designs, photo manipulations, or photo artwork. Brush where you want to apply the magical lighting effect over your images, then play the action. 

The magical glowing particle PSD effect will be applied where you want. There’s plenty of control to add a mystical touch to your work: whether you want to indicate dark wizardry or the innocence of fairy dust.

Magic DustCreative PSD Photo Action

25. Vintage - Classic Style Photoshop Action

Create a vintage style design from your photos with ease! This Photoshop action applies a photo effect that adds a time-worn look to your images. It built with textures that were made from charcoal and watercolor scans. So, the PSD photo effect looks organically aged and authentically crafted.

Vintage Classic Style Photoshop Effect

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There are a number of intense Photoshop Action photo effects on Envato Market that trend weekly. Or browse through the thousands of new PSD photo effect Actions that are added by professional designers on a regular basis. Pick one that’s the perfect fit for your next creative work of art, photo manipulation, or fresh design!

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