Free Photoshop Actions – Creative Essentials Sampler

Update 02/2011. I’ve updated this sampler pack with fresh effects that reflects the refinements in version 1.6. Download and enjoy.

UPDATE 02/2008: I had the wrong files in the download so people were getting one of my LR preset samples instead of the PS actions. It’s been fixed now.

Hey everyone. As many of you know I recently launched the new Creative Essentials actions. I’ve been using CE like crazy because it’s filled with actions I can use on everyday images I want to look great. It’s everything from skin softening effects, and fast glows to a mix of B&W’s, and workflow enhancers all in one simple action set.

I thought I’d post up a few freebies for you all. Here’s three actions that come from the Creative Essentials set, including Boost IT, Simple Sharp, Simply Soft I and Milk Chocolate. The whole set has over twenty actions, so if you like em check out the complete set.

Here’s the direct download, no strings, FREE as in totally. Enjoy… Gavin

Download Creative Essentials sampler PS actions

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  • Christin says:

    How do you download actions into photoshop to be able to use?

  • Christin says:

    with Photoshop 4.0

  • gav says:

    Photoshop 4 is far too old I’m afraid. To run most actions you’ll need a new version like CS2, CS3

  • Tanis says:

    These samples are not photoshop files….did they change?

  • gav says:

    Sorry about that. I’ve updated the file to the correct one… Gav

  • Moreh says:

    cant run on cs2 🙁

  • Gav Seim says:

    Should work on CS3, CS3, and CS4 with no problems. It’s been tested on all… Gav

  • gfxdude says:

    There is obviously a lot to know about this. I think you made some good points in Features also.

  • Fran Matheny says:

    Can you run this on CS2 or not? If so , how do I download to use it?
    Thanks again. Love learning with you 🙂

    • Gav Seim says:

      Yes Creative Essentials (this sampler, as well as the full version listed in the menu) will run on CS2. Just download and load them and you should be good to go. If you need help learning how to use them see this video I recently posted…


  • Fran Matheny says:

    Hi Gavin, Can you tell me how to delete actions I no longer use. I see I can “clear all actions” but I just want to do them individually. Thanks again. Fran

    • Gav Seim says:

      Hey Fran. Deleting actions is pretty simple. Just select the set or individual action within a set that you want to remove from the action palette. Then look to the bottom right of the actions palette and click the little delete trash can… Gav

  • Jordan says:

    Will any of these work in elements8. Can’t afford cs5 yet.

  • Gavin MacLeod Murdock says:

    I wrote a response above so won’t try again…

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