FREEBIES for Photoshop Elements
FREE Actions for PS & PSE!!!
*Before downloading, confirm that the actions are compatible with your version of PS or PSE and with your operating system (Mac, Vista, XP).
- Here's how to install the Actions you download. You may google "how to install actions to ____" whichever version you have and double check that it's the same instructions if you have an older program. I used these instructions for PSE 10. And just so ya know, PSE 3 seems to be too old to work any actions I've found, so if that's what you have, it's definitely worth it to upgrade!!!
- TIP: I save the image to my computer that shows what the action can do, and I have these images in a desktop folder that I can browse through when deciding what action I want to run. It's a lot more helpful than the teeny tiny thumbnails or names that show in PSE.
- The CoffeeShop Blog! Love this site; this gal ROCKS! She has oodles and oodles of Actions that work in both PS and PSE... most of them have a walk-through tutorial... and they're all FREE! I just love them; a couple of my favorites include the "Two Minute Miracle," "Perfect Portrait 3," "Eye Bright" (my favorite eye action), "Creamy Chocolate B&W," "Denim," "Hot Cocoa," "Magic Sunset," and "Sunny Pop." I'd definitely START HERE downloading your first actions, then use her tutorials so you can get more comfortable with how to use them.
- The Pioneer Woman is kindof famous in the blogging world, and she's even an Okie! She blogs about photography (among other things) and this is her page with free action downloads for PSE. (She also has them available for PS.) Unlike the CoffeeShop Blog, she doesn't give tutorials with each action, and I was trying to find a place w/ a before/after shot showing what each action does and couldn't find one, so I made my own. Click here to see my Pioneer Woman PSE Actions in Action!
- Panos FX... Kindof a weird name for a site, but here's a link to their free actions for both PS and PSE. I was required me to make a (free) account with their site which I found rather annoying. My favorites include "Reflections" and "Out of Bounds."
- More from Panos FX... Here are a few more actions from the same site- some of them are free and some of them aren't.
- MCP Actions... The first four are free, though they seem like things I've either gotten free elsewhere or wouldn't need an action for.
Individual FREE Actions for download
- Reflection action... handy to get a lake or mirror effect. She says it runs on PSE 4-7.
- Magic Blog it Board... prepares photos into web-ready collages.
Free Downloads to enable more advanced functions...
- Caves Office Here are ten free downloads for those using OLD versions of Elements, specificly 1-6, but even up to 8. He has tools that help make up the difference for old versions to be able to do some of the newer functions- specifically Layer Masks, Channels & Curves.
- Elements Plus... After you get more advanced using PSE, try this downloadable add-on that enhances PSE to include many features only available in PS. I'm still learning the features that ARE available in PSE, so I haven't tried this yet.
- Here's how to do circular text on older PSE versions.