Day 8: The Twelve Days of Author Goodies
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On the eighth day of Author Goodies, here’s some handy Photoshop actions.
What’s an action? Well, it’s a saved progression of steps that can run with the press of a button. Cool, right? I use actions to speed up my Photoshop work, whether using ones I’ve created or ones I’ve downloaded.
Actions are editable, so when I find an action I like, but it flattens the image, I look at the steps and delete the “merge layers” steps, so I can adjust as I need.
Here are some great Photoshop actions that might come in handy when creating your covers or marketing materials:
Photo Coloring 11 by iconmaker91
HDR Action on PhotographyPLA.net
Faux HDR Action on PhotographyPLA.net
10 Retro Actions from Spoon Graphic’s Blog. Also includes good instructions on how to run an action in Photoshop.
Lithprint Action by rawimage
Portrait Action by provity
Skin Glow Enhancement Action by iScarlett
Colorfull Action (sic) by IGotTheLook
Outer Space Action by Emanuele Feronato
Note: some of the actions on deviantart.com are .rar archive files. If your operating system doesn’t support expanding these files, you’ll need to search for and download an app to open them.
Looking for GIMP actions? GIMP refers to these as scripts. A quick google search of GIMP Scripts free will yield you lots of results.
Don’t know how to load a Photoshop Action? Here’s a link to good, step-by-step instructions.
Want to learn to create your own Photoshop actions? Here’s a good set of instructions.