15 Photoshop Effects To Add Life to Your Photos

Everyone loves taking photos — but unfortunately not everyone is a professional photographer. Many photos we amateur photographers take are quite lifeless and boring. They do not have the flair and look rather dull. This is because we lack expert techniques and equipment. This is where are beloved and ever trusted Photoshop comes in handy — as it lets us recreate some awesome photo effects, simply by pressing a single button! So today we have a list of 20 Great Photoshop Effects to Add Life to Your Photos. It includes some popular effects, like HDR, Soft Focus, Lomo and Velvia etc. Know how to make scary photoshop effects perfect for halloween. Check out the list!


HDR Effect


Using HDR Effect you can create own high dynamic range photo without using any special techniques. This action is from Forfie

HDR Effect

High Contrast Vintage Photo Effect


This one is for all the vintage fans. This action from SD Stock lets you create amazing high contrast vintage effect. Some of its main features are high contrast, adjusted colour balance and heavy vignette.

High Contrast Vintage Photo Effect

Fallen Action


Create a high contrast cold effect with this action from SD Stock.

Fallen Action

Amatorka Action 2


This awesome colour adjusting action by Amatorka lets you produce a typical retro.

Amatorka Action 2

Split Tone Photo Effect


This one is my favourite effect. This popular action is from Paranoid Stock.

Split_toning

Retro Photo Effect


This one is yet another treat for the retro effect fans. Use this fab action from Marissaxxx to add the typical retro colour tones to your photos.

Retro Colors

Vivid Blur Photo Effect


As the name suggests, this action from AlenaJay adds great vivid colour and a blur effect. This effect will look awesome on portraits.

Vivid Blur Photo Effect

Grainy High Contrast Effect


Grainy High Contrast Effect is from Alejandro Herrera. It adds a similar effect that was used in the movie 300. Quite dramatic!

Grainy High Contrast Effect

Cross Colouring Photo Effect


This action is from KalifBanane. It lets you add a cross colouring effect and is available in 3 different settings to give dark, medium or light effects.

Cross Colouring Photo Effect

Infra Red Photo Effect


This action is from Hanyasatu. It lets you create the famous Infra Red photo effect without using any special techniques.

Infra Red Photo Effect

Dutch winter 3


We will be applying the effects to the same photo so that you can compare them against each other. This sample image has been downloaded from SXC. Compare the effects and pick your favourite!

Dutch winter 3

Fuji Velvia Effect


Add this effect to recreate the famous effect created using Fuji’s Velvia range of film. This awesome action is from Pibweb.

Fuji Velvia Effect

Sepia Effect


This is the ever famous and loved effect. Add a vintage Sepia toning effect with this action from 4thDynasty

Sepia Effect

Dark and Cold Photo Effect


Give your photos a dark and cold effect to make them look spooky! This fab action is from David Nanchin.

Dark and Cold Photo Effect

Soft Focus Effect


This effect creates a bit blur photo with high contrast and a slight green tone. This Soft Elegance action is from HD Stock.

Soft Focus Effect

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7 Comments

  1. Hi, I’m not a Photoshop expert… can you explain to me how install those filters?

    Thank You!!!

  2. Marco says:

    Love these tutorials but always forget to bring them back when I am editing photos. Need a sticky on my head, pronto :)

    Anyway, thanks for the tutorial, hope I can use it this time!

  3. Sonny Burnett says:

    Unhopefully, PS Actions became just a bunch of “LOMOesque” effects. Things used to be cooler time ago…

  4. Abi Darwish says:

    Snapseed also can do those effects. Got it free on promotion long time ago.

  5. Aleina says:

    Nice List. Now I can Draw One Beautiful Girl Out Of Nothing with the Power Of Photoshop.