Free Photoshop (and Elements!) Actions

I’ve been asked a bunch lately about my editing. It’s so super, super simple. There are really just a few steps. I edit each image using different items in the Adjustment Panel (almost) exclusively. I’m really a huge advocate of coming up with your own “recipe” but hopefully these free Photoshop actions will give you a good starting point. You can change the colors of the gradient, adjust opacity, add more contrast…you should really, really tweak any action that you use and make it your own. I always encourage people who mentor with me to simply jump into the Adjustment Panel and play around to make their own concoction.

About these – Alex is a cooling action meant to be combined with your own editing steps. It just cools off a too-warm image. Carter is a warming action with the same intent… combine it with your own steps. Warm & Soft is something I use on about 90% of my images… you will spy “Carter” written in there too. I love the warm sweetness of this one!

Before you use these, make sure that you have proper exposure…lack of great exposure will throw off any image!  Great lighting and getting it right in camera is the absolute most important thing always, always, always.


Click here to download your free Warthan Farms actions! 


Here is Warm & Soft for Elements users. (Disclaimer… I am not an Elements gal but this worked for me and a few others in PSE)


I would really love to see your results! Feel free to post them on my Facebook page!


An image I love using Warm & Soft:





and a quick before-and-after I grabbed off my hard drive… no charge for the Kool-Aid mouth!




August 10, 2012 - 7:23 pm

Jennifer Higginbotham - Thank you! Looking forward to using these in my upcoming sessions. :)

August 16, 2012 - 12:01 pm

Lindsay - Hi! I love this action! I was wondering though how it downloads into my PSE since there was no ZIP file or anything to open? If you could help me out that would be awesome! Great job!

September 20, 2013 - 10:43 am

Alicia Jones - Thank you so much.

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