Photoshop CC: How To Use Photoshop Actions (+ 130 downloads)
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Photoshop CC: How To Use Photoshop Actions (+ 130 downloads)

Learn Photoshop Actions & Photography. See how to edit, retouch, color correct. Beginners To Advanced. For CS5, CS6, CC
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Created by Ustin Kompaniets
Last updated 1/2018
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 23 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
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What you'll learn
  • How to use Adobe Photoshop (compatible with versions CS5, CS6, CC, CC 2014, CC 2015, CC 2017)
  • What Photoshop actions are made for
  • How to install Photoshop actions
  • How to create professional Photoshop actions
  • How to modify existing Photoshop actions
  • Use Photoshop actions in your daily editing
  • Various editing techniques
  • Various retouching techniques
  • Various color correction techniques
  • Photoshop scripting with actions
  • Elements from which actions are made and combined
  • How to save lots of time inside Adobe Photoshop on repetitive tasks
  • How to make professional skin retouching in few minutes or less
  • Easily record any action
  • Few techniques of high-end retouch and editing of photos
  • How to use one-key shortcuts to make 10-100 operations in a few seconds
  • Add film effects to your photos
  • This course is suitable for beginners and advanced users or photographers. Everything is covered from essentials to advanced levels
  • You should have Adobe Photoshop CC already installed on your PC or Mac
  • This course is designed for Photoshop (compatible with versions CS5, CS6, CC, CC 2014, CC 2015, CC 2017)
  • This course is not designed for Photoshop Elements
  • Last software update is recommended but not necessary
  • This course mostly cover photography (wedding, portrait and other) but not web design


Updated in 2018! New BONUS videos, PDFs, infographics and 53 NEW actions added!


Also you have access to 30+ RAW and JPEG images in resource files for your own practice.

You will enjoy this course on using ADOBE PHOTOSHOP ACTIONS no matter if you are one of the beginners or advanced users of Photoshop.

Course is divided into easy to follow sections which are structured to bring you step by step from essentials of using Photoshop actions to more advanced techniques.

You’re going to learn how to rocket speed your retouching workflow with Photoshop actions.

You’ll also see how to spend twice less time on retouching with “shortcut” examples.

But wait, there’s more!

I’ll also show you how to improve your photography retouching process & how to use Photoshop actions in the right way.

You will notice results in just 7 days or less.

Really, just in that short amount of time – trust me.

And in this course I’ll walk you through this strategy, step-by-step.

No matter what kind of photography you are interested in overall retouching and color correction process is almost the same every time and can be easily applied to:

  • Portrait photography
  • Wedding photography
  • Love-story
  • Newborn photography
  • Architecture photography
  • Landscape photography
  • Food photography

And you can continue this list…


You should automate all the steps that you use most often.

And the only possible way to achieve this is to use actions in Photoshop.

Even if you’re not producing a lot of images and took photography more like a hobby I can bet that you wish to acomplish your retouching process faster everytime you do it.


  • Crop your image to the right format
  • Straighten the horizon
  • Content-aware scale – here you can change proportions of your image
  • Liquify tool – better to use it in the beginning
  • Clean the skin and background with patch and stamp tool
  • Frequency separation – add this on skin + use soft brush with color of skin (3% opacity) to paint when needed
  • Dodge&burn – use it with big, middle and small strokes to achieve natural results. Brighten and darken different parts of the image to add dimension effect
  • Brighten eyes + add some sharpening, add extra contrast to eyebrows, brighten skin around eyes with big soft brush
  • Whiten teeth
  • Add tonal contrast by “Image-Apply Image”
  • Brighten overall highlights on skin
  • Color correction – levels, curves, color balance
  • Color toning – add color mood, remember about color harmonies
  • Light correction – local brush, vignetting, local background light
  • Local sharpening
  • Resize (if needed), save for print&web by different folders, save PSD and JPEG
  • Create before/after example (if needed)


I divided all post-processing into 5 sections for better understanding.

Here are all the actions we're going to cover in this course:


This section is completely for improving image after Camera Raw or Lightroom pre-processing.

Basic Correction

  • Temperature – changes the color temperature. You can use it when there are 2 or more different light sources in the shot. This is often seen in movies and music videos when background has “cold tint”, and the main objects are “warm”
  • Exposure – this actions helps to fix over- and underexposed areas locally
  • Vibrance – I use this to add vibrance to vivid objects such as flowers, grass, leaves. Or to reduce it
  • Contrast – enhance or reduce contrast in different parts
  • Sunlight – emphasize sun in images, where it already has place
  • Warm Shine – makes the skin glowing and frequently used with previous action
  • Fog – this action is dedicated to add some fog or smoke to your image. It is very handy to part foreground from background
  • Vignetting – this one adds vignette

Basic Skin Retouching

  • Brighten Face – makes face brighter
  • Highlights & Shadows Recovery – this actions helps to recover lost details in highlights or shadows locally
  • Brighter highlights & Deeper Shadows (+Brush) – gives you the ability to paint on selected areas with a brush
  • Adding Contrast And Depth Just On Skin – this action works like magic adding more depth to skin

Final Basic correction

  • Color Noise – adds color noise
  • Film Grain – imitation of real 35mm film grain
  • Sharpen + Clarity – local pre-sharpening


This actions are not used on every single photo, but I like to add them sometimes to achieve more artistic look and feel on photo.

  • Anaglyph & Glitch – set of actions to achieve a look of stereoscopic photograph in different colors, producing a stereo effect when the photograph is viewed through correspondingly colored filters
  • Particle dispersion – add particle dispersion to some parts of your image
  • Double Exposure – combines two images into one, producing “ghost images”
  • Cross-process – shifts different colors in RGB channels and produce a fairytale look and feel
  • Painting effect – creates painty look with one click
  • Light leaks – this action adds light leaks on top of image
  • Double light – you can achieve a look similar to photographs taken with two different light sources (warm&cold)
  • Remove White – this action removes all the white color from image. Very handy to cut dark objects like text from white background


These actions are used mostly for portraits, skin and faces of people.

  • Quick Retouch 5-in-1 – I use this portrait action when don’t need to do a high-end retouching. So the approach is pretty simple – it have 5 main steps to follow to improve portraits
  • Skin color – this can help to shift color of skin. Very handy after global Raw conversion in Lightroom. Fine-tune the skin
  • Skin (4 actions) – actions dedicated to make skin look better
  • Eyes – this can brighten eyes and/or change their color
  • Teeth whitening – simply whitens teeth
  • Blusher – yes, sometimes I add a bit blusher. It can be handy when model don’t use make-up
  • Frequency Separation – must have action in arsenal of every portrait photographer. One of my best photoshop actions for portraits and it will improve any portrait by making skin soft as silk and softening shadows
  • Dodge & Burn – number 2 in arsenal. This action is very universal for any kind photo, because you can use it to add extra dimension, soften skin, perfect vignetting and much more.


Actions to create color mood on your photos, they are used to colorize and tone

  • Sepia & vintage photoshop actions – replicates the old polaroid look of vintage images
  • Pastel colors – adds soft pastel toning
  • Color fall – “indian summer” look – transform green vivid colors into autumn colors
  • Change color – helps you to replace colors on image
  • Creative color toning – adds toning effects on top of your photograph


  • Sharpen+ (Method 1) – action for final sharpening of your image
  • Sharpen+ (Method 2) – advanced sharpen technique action to export and prepare image for print
  • Sharpening + Resize – adds sharpness to images and then resizes them for web. You can choose different image sizes for your needs
  • Changing Color Space – simply converts image to sRGB color space with one click and leave all your layers untouched (no flattering)
  • Batch Export – automated action to save stack of images to desired folder and file format
Who this course is for:
  • Everyone who is using Adobe Photoshop (beginners to advanced)
  • Photographers
  • Designers & illustrators who want to save time on editing (mostly course is not about design)
  • Photoshop beginners who want to quick start with actions and learn basics of retouch portrait, skin retouching, hair retouch, beauty retouching and other essentials and elements
  • Photoshop advanced users who wants to get more useful tools and techniques to speed up color correection, retouching, post-processing and other time-consuming operations
  • If you are using Adobe Lightroom, but desire to take your skills to the next level for achieving better results on final picture in less time
Course content
Expand all 61 lectures 02:12:44
+ Photoshop Actions Introduction
11 lectures 15:17

Go to the FAQ section and ask your question ;)

[IMPORTANT] Before we start!

Retouch, color correction, toning, export

Preview 02:36

(see BASIC ACTIONS section for in depth examples)

Preview 01:53

(see ARTISTIC ACTIONS section for in depth examples)

Preview 01:01

(see RETOUCH ACTIONS section for in depth examples)

Preview 00:52

(see COLOR ACTIONS section for in depth examples)

Preview 00:29

(see EXPORT ACTIONS section for in depth examples)

Preview 00:42
Thank you
+ Setting up everything
14 lectures 25:21

Hello and welcome to Adobe Photoshop Mastering Actions Course!

With your purchase you will get not only a comprehensive step-by-step course on Photoshop CC, but also my hand-crafted actions, which you can start using straight out of the box


Download resources for this lecture

How to use course materials and downloads

1) Custom menus

2) Custom actions panel

3) Custom workspace

4) Reference windows

Preview 10:52

Download this PDF guide to see a few options how to install actions in Photoshop Elements

[April 2017] How To Use Photoshop Actions in Photoshop Elements

Lesson on how to install actions. In download section you will find all photoshop actions that we will use during this course.

Adding Actions to Photoshop
Actions Troubleshooting
What is "Action"
Saving and Loading Actions
Recording an Action
Editing an Action
Stepping Through An Action
Button Mode
How to record menu commands
Recording Photoshop Tools
+ Basic Actions
10 lectures 13:15

If you haven't download actions yet, just go to download section of this lesson and download basic actions.

Temperature Exposure Vibrance
Sunlight, Warm Shine, Fog
Brighten Face
Highlights & Shadows Recovery
Brighten & Darken With Brush
Adding Contrast And Depth Just On Skin
Adding Grain And Color Noise
+ Artistic Actions
10 lectures 41:52

Download artistic actions from Download Section of this lesson

Double Exposure

Learn how to achieve stereoscopic anaglyph effect

[May 2017] Anaglyph action

Add particle dispersion on your images

[May 2017] Particle dispersion action
[May 2017] Painting effect (pen sketch action)
[MAY 2017] Light leaks action
[MAY 2017] Remove white action

Create a double light source effect

[JUNE 2017] Double light action
+ Retouch Actions
11 lectures 23:17

Download Actions for this Section from download part of this lesson.

Quick Retouch 5-in-1
Skin Color
Skin, Eyes, Teeth, Blusher
Dodge & Burn
Frequency Separation
Your help needed
Sharpening + Resize
Changing Color Space
Batch Export
+ Color Actions
4 lectures 10:01

Learn to add sepia and vintage color toning to your images

[MAY 2017] Sepia & vintage Photoshop actions
[MAY 2017] Color fall action

With this action you can easily change colors of different objects and re-paint hair, nails, etc.

[JUNE 2017] Change color action
[JUNE 2017] Creative color toning action
1 lecture 03:42

Add amazing contrast to your images

[MAY 2017] Channel contrast trick