So, if you've been reading for a while, you probably remember that Photoshop Elements and I started out with a love-hate relationship. Let's face it, it's a confusing program, and it takes a long time to figure it out! It took me a year of having it to really start using it, and even then it was pretty limited use.
I was this close to just giving up on it when I discovered Photoshop actions! Basically you download an "action" and install it into Photoshop Elements, and then you can just click the action and it does all the work for you! It also ended up being a win-win, because not only did it save a ton of time, it helped me figure out the whole "layers" concept a little more when I started adjusting the different layers of the actions I was using. I decided I loved the whole action concept, and I went on a hunt for more free actions.
These are a bunch of actions for Photoshop Elements that you can get for free! I know some of you have Elements as well, so I thought I'd be nice and share some of my free action finds. Hopefully you'll find some that you like from the list of websites below. I definitely have my favorites, but it's fun to experiment and see what each one does with an image. I would suggest messing around with the opacity of each layer after using an action, because a lot of them end up being pretty strong, and you can customize it to what you want better if you adjust the opacities.
Without further ado - here are some places around the internet where I've found free actions (there are over 100 free actions here)!
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The above actions are the main ones I've downloaded and used, but the following page has more resources for free actions that I don't have listed here. I haven't looked at some of these sites yet, so I might have to check them out myself!
After you download the actions, you have to install them into Photoshop Elements. I feel like the Texas Chicks explanation is a little simpler and clearer, but I included the CoffeeShop explanation as well because it's more detailed if you are having problems with one of the steps. And just a little tip: The action files have the file extension .ATN, and sometimes include an .XML file too. The action downloads usually include an image file (.PNG or .JPEG or .PND). Make sure to transfer the .ATN file, the .XML file, and one image file.
Installing actions in Photoshop Elements - Texas Chicks blog
Installing actions in Photoshop Elements - CoffeeShop blog
And after you install them into Photoshop Elements, experiment and have fun with your photos!
And just as an example from one of our Christmas photos last year . . .
And with different actions applied to it:
1. Ice Pop from CoffeeShop blog
2. Butterscotch Vintage from CoffeeShop blog
3. Little Miss Muffet from Oh So Posh Photography
4. MCP's Mini Fusion
5. Vanilla Pop from Paint the Moon
6. Pioneer Woman's Cooler
7. Urban Grit from CoffeeShop blog
8. Vintage Blush from Coffee Shop blog
9. Whisper Linen from Oh So Posh Photography
And there are lots more that I don't have time to show you! You can get a ton of different looks by combining actions too, and you don't have to spend a lot of money buying action packs (which can be rather pricey).
Though just between me and you, I love the look of Florabella's action packs, but I haven't brought myself to spend the money to buy one yet. And they unfortunately don't have any action sampler packs.
I hope you have fun with some of these free actions from around the web!