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

Faux HDR Action on

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 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.

The Twelve Days of Author Goodies

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