Although we post a lot of tutorials that teach you how to turn your ordinary photos into professional shots, many of us still get stuck and end up playing actions. It only takes seconds and the result is often very impressive.

With so many ideas and experience I have, I decided it would be a shame if I won’t release a set of actions to help the readers of and, so here is my first release, PSWISH 3 Action (pro). Please note that this action is for personal use one, and cannot be resold or redistributed on other websites.


  • The action will work best with LIGHT photos. Any area that is slightly dark will turn black.
  • The final result’s color scheme of the photo is determent by your Background and Foreground colors set before you played the action. Play with different variations to see what works best for you. If the results turn to be too dark or too reddish, set both foreground and background colors to lighter hues. Alternatively, hide the dark clouds layer when the action is finished playing (which makes the shot significantly lighter yet keeps the professional touch the action applied).


I use CS3 so I had no chance to test it on CS2 or lower, if anyone does, please drop a comment below so that other users will know if it’s suitable for other versions or not.

What you can do with this Photoshop Action?

This is idea for retouching photos with dull colors, or those that turned to be too light and as a result — uselessly boring. It will help you to turn any ordinary shot into a professional, “old school” photo with very strong contrast, slightly cold colors and grainy texture that is pulled from photo itself, and applied without using any additional grain effect. Like I said, if the result turns to be nearly black, this means your colors were too dark, because if you hide the clouds layer (should be one before last) — you will get good results but without this beautiful dramatic dark grain.

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Professional Photo Retouching Action – Download Free Our First Release

  1. hey guys .. i like your efforts and passion

    i tried the action in CS2 and the result was weird

    and there is one step ‘layer 1 copy ‘ is not currently available

    could u feed me back

  2. The result turned out too dark, right? It all depends on the foreground and background you set, I used more light, violate shades and hence I got this result. My mistake that i did not set them by default, but that is more space for creativity!

  3. “and there is one step ‘layer 1 copy ‘ is not currently available”

    Make sure the layer you start out with is labeled ‘layer 1’.

    Pretty cool action. I didn’t have any problems with it working in CS2.

  4. Guys, if you want to get results similar to what I have, use dark violet foreground like, something like #625674, and coldly blueish as background, but light hue, something like #a6afc8 will do.

    Hope this helps.

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