When you want your photographs to focus more on design and special effects, or to just stand out and look unique, then try using specially crafted Photoshop actions. Here, we’ve chosen ten of our favourites to help you get started with creating amazing FX photos.
10 Top Photo Special Effects: Unique Photoshop FX Actions
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Geometric Haze 2 Photoshop Action is a great way to transform your images into a scene layered with complex geometric shapes. An effect that brings to mind sci-fi movies and dystopian worlds, this action will add atmosphere and interest to your images.
Plunge your images into the watery depths with the Aquarium Underwater Photoshop Action. Easily add or change elements and colours within the action folders, including fish, a submarine and more!
Glitch effects and anaglyphs are en vogue, and this download for Adobe Photoshop lets you achieve the effect easily with a still image. There’s an online video included in case you get stuck.
Achieve a trendy, vintage photo special effect from any of your photographs with the Lo-Fi Photo Action for Photoshop. It’s easy to customise, simply change the adjustment layers and choose from a selection of 10 light leak effects.
Vintage Letterpress includes ten unique styles that work with text, shapes and images. This look is perfect for retro game designs, posters or fan art. There’s a link to the free fonts used, included with the download.
Create super cool photographic manipulations to turn your images into works of art, with the Fervent Photoshop Action. Smoke, light effects, clouds and colour grading will give your photographs the wow factor.
Transform your photograph into a highly detailed, transparent object with Liquidum. There are 20 presets to choose from and all the graphic elements are fully editable.
Chalk Generator is a fun action for Photoshop that produces a chalk writing special effect. There are 14 actions and several ready made icons, as well as three layer patterns and three brushes included too.
Piratum turns your photographs into vintage artwork in the style of an antique map. It creates a highly detailed result and there are plenty of ways to customise the look, so you can create something different every time.
The Aesthete Collection is a huge set of 140 actions, each designed to give your image a particular mood and tone. The collection is suitable for everything from fine art to editorial photography, and the actions work non-destructively, meaning they won’t touch your original image.
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