30+ Free Photoshop Actions for Adding Vintage Effects to Your Photos


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If you regularly work on a specific type of project, you likely have a set workflow, repeating the same steps to achieve a particular result. For a workflow to be truly efficient, it should save you time, and that’s where Photoshop actions come in handy.

Photoshop actions are a recorded series of tasks you can apply to a single or batch of images. They can be as simple as resizing an image or using a color overlay, or more complex, like resizing, applying filters and overlays, and renaming files according to specific rules.

Photoshop actions help achieve specific effects on your images without spending hours recreating them from scratch each time. While you can create your own actions, there are countless Photoshop actions available for download online.

Among them are actions designed to apply vintage effects to your images. In this collection, we have the best free, high-quality vintage and retro Photoshop actions. Download these actions, add them to your design toolbox, and instantly apply them to your photos or designs.

For a more general collection of Photoshop Actions, take a look at this huge collection: 50 Free Time-Saving Photoshop Actions.

Top Free Vintage Effect Photoshop Actions

Engraved Illustration Effect Photoshop Actions (Free)

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Retrograde Retro & Vintage Photoshop Actions (on Envato Elements)

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7 Vintage Actions Photoshop Actions (Free)

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Hand-Colored Vintage Photo Actions (Free)

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Analog & Retro Photoshop Actions (on Envato Elements)

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Matte Vintage Photoshop Actions (Free)

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Vintage Photoshop Action (Free)

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75 Ultra Faded Retro Effects Photoshop Actions (on Envato Elements)

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Breeze Vintage Effect Photoshop Actions (Free)

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Vintage Light Photoshop Actions (Free)

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Retro Photography Photoshop Actions (on Envato Elements)

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Retro Style Photo Effect Photoshop Actions (Free)

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Runaway Vintage Photoshop Actions (Free)

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Retro Photo Kit for Photoshop (on Envato Elements)

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Vintage Red Photoshop Action (Free)

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Retro Film Photoshop Actions (on Envato Elements)

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Action Vintage Photoshop Actions (Free)

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Ageing Photo Effect Photoshop Action (Free)

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Subtle Vintage Photoshop Actions Pack (Free)

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Grungy Vintage Photoshop Actions (Free)

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Vintage Effect Photoshop Action (Free)

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Stylish Vintage Photoshop Actions (Free)

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SweetPea Country Vintage Photoshop Action (Free)

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Mondelcore Vintage Photoshop Action (Free)

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Vintage Effect II PS Actions (Free)

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Vintage Photo Effect PSD & Action (Free)

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Vintage Effect Photoshop Actions (Free)

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Sweet Vintage Photoshop Actions (Free)

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LT’s Vintage Lightleak Photoshop Action (Free)

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Rocketlaunch Retro/Vintage Photoshop Actions (Free)

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Buttercream Vintage Photoshop Action (Free)

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Coffee Cup Photoshop Actions (Free)

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SweettEmottion Vintage Photoshop Action (Free)

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Vintage Gradient Photoshop Action (Free)

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Vintage Love Photoshop Action (Free)

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Vintage Effect Photoshop Action (Free)

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Whimsical Dreams Vintage Photoshop Actions (Free)

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Cool Vintage Photoshop Actions (Free)

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Pink Vintage Photoshop Action (Free)

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Gum Bichromate Print Photoshop Action (Free)

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Lithprint Vintage Photoshop Action (Free)

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How to Create Your Own Photoshop Action

It’s easy to create your own Photoshop actions. All you have to do is open the Actions palette in Photoshop and click New Action.

A new window will open with various options for creating your new action. You can name the action and can place it in a set.

Alternatively, you can assign a shortcut to your created action for quick access. This will help you immediately activate it when needed, and you can use this option for those actions you use regularly.

Now, hit the Record button to record your desired actions. Remember that steps like selection sizes, saving, and other specific steps will also be duplicated. So, you must be careful to keep your steps as generic and simple as possible.

When finished, click the Stop button in the action menu. If you want to apply the action on another file, click the Play button.

Installing Photoshop Actions

There are several ways to install Photoshop actions.

You can drag the downloaded actions into the Actions folder that you will find within the Presets folder in your Photoshop application folder. This is the easiest way to install Photoshop actions.

Alternatively, you can use the little arrow on the right of the actions menu, then click Load Actions. This will also install the downloaded actions into Photoshop quickly.



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