Photoshop actions feature prerecorded steps to help you achieve dynamic pictures in less time. Use them to instantly refresh your Instagram timeline, portfolio, or personal photography work.
Today, we'll learn how to install a Photoshop action from start to finish before applying a cool, faded duotone effect.
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How to Install Photoshop Actions
Here's a quick breakdown of how to install Photoshop actions.
- Download the action and Right-click to Extract it from the compressed .ZIP file.
- Open Adobe Photoshop and go to Window > Actions to access the Actions panel.
- Click on the Actions panel menu button (top right) and select Load Actions.
- Load the action with a .ATN extension.
- Repeat this process to load more actions.
Follow along below for the full tutorial.
1. Download Your Photoshop Action
The final effect will also be applied to this Fashion Studio Portrait.
Here's the before picture.
Hit the Download button on Envato Elements and create a name for your project. I'll just type "social media" before hitting the Add and Download button.
2. Extract the ZIP File
Once your file is downloaded, it'll appear as a compressed ZIP file with all your Photoshop action components.
Right-click to Extract these contents and click on the folder to assess what you have. In most cases, you'll have a documentation file along with the action as a .ATN extension.
3. Read the Documentation
Make sure to always read the helpful documentation file just in case it has specific guidelines on the types of photos you can use with that action.
This particular one doesn't have any specifically, but here's an example of what they may look like, taken from the Berlin Photoshop Actions pack.
4. Install the Action
Now install the action.
Open Adobe Photoshop and go to Window > Actions to bring up the Actions panel.
Select the drop-down options and hit Load Actions to load the duotone file. Once you hit Load it'll now appear as the last one in the Actions panel.
5. Test Your Action
Test out your action by opening a new photo and selecting the background layer. Then select the action you want to use before hitting the Play button.
It may take a couple of seconds or a few minutes to play out the action completely.
Here's my final result after applying the Autumn Breeze action.
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