Photoshop Actions

I’ve ended up with a small selection of actions that I’ve created by request or for my own use. I thought it would be good to have a designated place to collect them. These are my basic actions for color workflow and web finishing. I’ve also included two brightness/contrast actions that I thought might be helpful for contrasty scenes.

Basic Color Workflow — Sets up adjustment layers for all of the main adjustments with the proper blending modes selected. Arbitrary starting values are selected, but each layer should be adjusted for the actual image.

Selectively Brighten — Brightens midtones and shadows. This can be run right after the main color workflow action to instantly brighten and smooth the image. You can also run this 2 or more times to achieve a brighter result.

Even out Shadows — Pulls down the brightness on the highlights and pushes up brightness on midtones and shadows. This evens out the tones in contrasty scenes. This can also be used after the main color workflow action, but probably should not be combined with the selective brightening action above.

Double Drop Shadow Frame (portrait and landscape) — These add a fancy double shadowed border to your image. This action also resizes and sharpens your image for web. Choose the appropriate action for the orientation of your photo if uniformity is desired.

Basic web finishing(portrait and landscape) — These add a basic black border with white keyline. This action also resizes and sharpens your image for web. Choose the appropriate action for the orientation of your photo if uniformity is desired.

Sharpen for Web only — Just what you’d think — flattens and sharpens your web-sized image without resizing or adding a border.

These actions are available for download here:

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  • Svetlana - Thanks for posting this Andrea! How do you mahe Double Drop shadow Frame if you don’t mind sharing? It looks awesome!ReplyCancel

  • DoodleBunz/DB Impressions - Awesome Andrea, thanks so much! Can’t wait to try them!ReplyCancel

  • emmma - THank you Andrea!ReplyCancel

  • Jenn - Thanks again!ReplyCancel