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The Best HTG Photoshop Effects in One Free Download: Action Pack #1

HTG action pack

We’ve covered the manual methods of some fun Photoshop effects—now here’s they are in automatic. Download the How-To Geek Photoshop Action Pack, and get those effects in seconds with the touch of a button.

While there’s a lot of learning and satisfaction that goes into doing something the long way, sometimes the easy way is best. Why go through all the steps when you simply want to apply an effect to 50 of your photographs? Get ready to download, install, and use a great set of actions, free from How To Geek.

Download the Action Pack


Available on the author’s site, the first HTG Photoshop Action Pack is available for download. The link is safe for work, although the rest of the site has NSFW content. Browse around at your own risk!


Install the HTG Action Pack in Photoshop


In order to use these Photoshop actions, you’re going to need a version of Photoshop, preferably from Creative Suite 1 until the current version, CS5. With the action installed, you can click and run the action on any nearly photo or graphic you choose to use.

Confused about Photoshop actions? HTG has covered how any action can be installed in Photoshop with a simple How-To. Skip ahead if you’ve already read it to learn everything that the free action pack has to offer.


What’s in The Action Pack?


Instant Red/Cyan 3D Effect

sshot-275 We recently learned how to make 3D images out of regular RGB graphics, and this action makes it easy to transform your image into a Red/Cyan 3D image in a second. 

How To Make Classic Red/Cyan 3D Photos Out of Any Image


Instant Pencil Sketch Effect

sshot-272 There are a lot of ways to use photography to create a faux “pencil sketch” look, and now you can do it automatically, without even using our how to. 

How To Make Photos Look Like Pencil Drawings in About One Minute


Instant Isolated Color Effect (2 Effects)

sshot-271 A classic look from photography and advertising, the action pack includes two versions of the isolated color effect. The first isolates pure red, the second isolates whatever color you have in your foreground color swatch. Check out the original to see how it’s done! 

Beginner Photoshop: Black and White and Red Photo Effect in Ten Seconds


Instant Pixel Art in Authentic Color Effect (3 Effects)

sshot-274 Lovers of pixel art rejoice! The action pack has three actions that automatically will convert your photo into pixel art using authentic NES, Gameboy, and Sega Master System colors. Take a trip down memory lane and see how it was done. 

Create 8-Bit Style Graphics with Authentic NES Gameboy and Sega Colors


Instant Quick and Dirty Vintage Effect

sshot-276 Last, but not least, we have a HTG classic, a quick and dirty vintage photo effect. This effect will create a hazy sepia toned image with a subtle faux reticulation effect on your images. And if you want to see how that’s done, check out the original article! 

Quick and Dirty Vintage Photo Effect in Photoshop


Image Credit: LIGHTS II by Shandi-lee, available under Creative Commons. All other images credited under their original articles.

Eric Z Goodnight is an Illustrator and Stetson-wearing wild man. During the day, he manages IT and product development for screenprinted apparel manufacturing; by night he creates geek art posters, writes JavaScript, and records weekly podcasts about comics.

  • Published 08/3/11

Comments (12)

  1. Steve O

    Sweet! Thanks a lot. How about you guys do some stuff on Illy?

  2. Zach

    This is quite awesome! How about a pack for GIMP, though?

  3. Ice Maine

    I love photoshopping, but haven’t had much time to sit and try things out like I used to. When I saw this post, it brought tears to my eyes I was so happy.

  4. Eric Z Goodnight

    @Steve O: I’m not sure what you mean and Google’s letting me down. Can you elaborate?

    @Zach: I want to provide as many GIMP resources as I can. I’ll see what I can come up with.

    @Ice Maine: Wow! Glad to hear it.

  5. Aniruddha Chowkidar

    This pack is really good tried all of them on photoshop. Please a upload a pack for gimp too, much appreciated.

  6. Steven

    @ Eric – I think Illy == Adobe Illustrator

  7. Jerry Taylor

    How about not forgetting about us poor folk using Photoshop Elements.



  8. Joydeep

    SPECTACULAR! it was fun learning these, but to have them as presets, thanks HTG!

  9. gentlemanbeggar

    @Zach & @Eric

    You might want to check out the G’MIC plugin for the Gimp. It’s got a great developer community, and it does many of these same things and more. Especially check out Tom Kheil’s add-on filters, his make3D effect and DOF modifier are really something to behold.

    Check out the flickr discussion group for more info:

    The plugin can be found here:

    GMIC really is nothing short of spectacular.

    *Disclaimer: I coded some of the add-on effects

  10. royce susilo

    i like the image efect like 667% hue & saturation 1 rgb 8 for panel transparant gods cotton panel
    wih reply for best regads < thanks

  11. sam

    great job

  12. justin

    looks like someone is a lights fan ;)

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