Seriously...editing can take hours...
When I first purchased Photoshop Elements I had no idea what to expect. I installed it believing that I would open it up, and create amazing images! I now realize that I must have been smoking something to think it was going to be that easy. It literally took me over a year to become what I consider to be "competent" and I am sure that I still have little tweaks and "short cuts" to learn to make life even easier!
Well, little short cuts for me came in the form of Photoshop actions! After installing, just one click of the button can create the look that you are hoping for in much less time. The best part of this is that you can find amazing actions on the web for free!! Yes, you heard me right...I said "FREE!!"
If you are getting your feet wet with Photoshop and/or Lightroom (or even if you are a pro), I think you will agree that FREE may just be your favorite four letter word!! In the time I have spent educating and trouble shooting, I have come across some fabulous sites that will share these actions with you! Below is a list of some of my fave, "just can't live without" actions.
Photographic Elements is a great resource for free actions. They offer actions in formats for PSE as well as Lightroom. You can download these simply by heading directly to the website. As for many of the sites listed in this blog, they are focused on winter presets at the current time, but will offer others throughout the year as the seasons change!
Morgan Burks is a great resource for free actions. If you subscribe to her newsletter, you can get free actions delivered directly to your in box. Again, she is currently offering winter type actions, but this past fall she offered amazing autumn actions that I used consistently for my editing process.
Another fab option for PSE actions is Seasalt and Co. Now, in keeping with full disclosure, I actually purchased some action sets before they offered a free download. I am not bitter....:)
The free set is called BOHO, and is amazing! These are fully customizable, and will work with all types of images. Below is a few of the actions included. This is a no brainer! Go to their Facebook page and get them today!
There are a plethora of options out there, but I wanted to take the guess work out of it for you. A few more that I have tried that are worth checking out:
CoffeeShop Blog: This site comes chalk full of awesome actions, story boards, templates and more. All for FREE!
Colovale Actions: Head to the website and subscribe to the newsletter for free actions and much more sent directly to your inbox! How easy is that??
My4Hens, Paint the Moon, and Florabella also have options for free items on a regular basis. It doesn't hurt to write them down and check Facebook and the web options periodically!
I hope that this helps. Trust me when I say I have "been there, done that" when it comes to trying out actions/presets. You won't be disappointed with these awesome suppliers of FREE stuff!! Remember, just a click of a button and you can get the look that you are striving for. Photoshop actions can save you tons of time! Now start clicking and find your style to make your editing AMAZING!!!
Until next time
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