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25 Tried and Tested Retro & Vintage Photoshop Actions

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There’s an abundance of Photoshop actions available that allow you to quickly transform your photos with a retro or vintage effect, the problem is choosing the best actions from this vast collection. Over 40 Photoshop actions were downloaded and tested to create this showcase of the best freely downloadable retro and vintage actions.

The original photograph

It’s sometimes difficult to compare actions when they are all applied to different images, so I downloaded and tested each retro and vintage themed action on this generic photograph. Compare this original with the effects below to find your preferred Photoshop action. Don’t forget, if any of the previews look too vibrant or intense, you can always tone down the effect by applying it on a duplicate layer then reducing the opacity.

Vintage Actions by love4art

Retro/Vintage Photoshop Action

Vintage Effect Action by Irridian

Retro/Vintage Photoshop Action

Vintage Dream Action by Photography Planet

Retro/Vintage Photoshop Action

Retro Vintage Actions by Rocketlaunch

Retro/Vintage Photoshop Action

Vintage Action Set by Jules1983

Retro/Vintage Photoshop Action

Vintage Chic by ModernActions

Retro/Vintage Photoshop Action

Retro Action 1 by EceSB

Retro/Vintage Photoshop Action

Vintage Retro Film by Purp0l

Retro/Vintage Photoshop Action

Magenta Pop Action by SD-Stock

Retro/Vintage Photoshop Action

Vintage Action 9 by Beckasweird

Retro/Vintage Photoshop Action

Vintage Effect PS Actions by Photoshop-Stock

Retro/Vintage Photoshop Action

Photo Coloring by Iconmaker91

Retro/Vintage Photoshop Action

Vintage Dream by Cat-Woman-Amy

Retro/Vintage Photoshop Action

Free Vintage Photoshop Action by Photography Planet

Retro/Vintage Photoshop Action

Split Toning by ParanoidStock

Retro/Vintage Photoshop Action

Lovely Action by Orangetopatos

Retro/Vintage Photoshop Action

Photoshop Action 05 by WorthyG

Retro/Vintage Photoshop Action

Variety Pack Actions by Noise-Less

Retro/Vintage Photoshop Action

Dreamy Light Action by Onixa

Retro/Vintage Photoshop Action

Free Vintage Photoshop Action by Photography Planet

Retro/Vintage Photoshop Action

Vintage Colors by LostAnastacia

Retro/Vintage Photoshop Action

Retro Summer by ToxicActions

Retro/Vintage Photoshop Action

Old Retro Action by Waterspiritjess

Retro/Vintage Photoshop Action

Vintage II Photoshop Actions by Photoshop Stock

Retro/Vintage Photoshop Action

Exclusive Vintage by ModernActions

Retro/Vintage Photoshop Action

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30 Comments

  1. verpixelt says:

    nice collection of vintage actions. have to try it @home. thx 4 the post.

  2. Nice set of actions. Think I like the Vintage Chic one best, with that image.

  3. Marri says:

    Thanks a lot, great selection!

  4. These are so popular now with Instagram and the like. T
    Some great actions here. It should be noted that these affects can also be achieved with hue saturation, selective blurring etc…

    http://paperacrobat.blogspot.com/2012/02/show-me-way.html?m=1

  5. pauly says:

    I really could have done with this yesterday! Tried to create a vintage look myself, didnt turn out very well http://www.behance.net/gallery/Ollie-the-Yeti/3296202

    Will defo give these a try next time, thanks for the share. Love vintage looking work.

  6. Josip says:

    Great, you really think in right, different, direction. There are numerous posts with free actions, but you executed them on same photo so results are easier to notice ;)

    Cheers Chris!

  7. great examples, i would like to try it

  8. Natalie says:

    Yesssssss! These are so great!!! Thanks!

  9. WebCeo says:

    I love them. Cool attempt and great samples. Keep it coming. Cheers.

  10. Per says:

    The first from photoshop-stock seems allright except that overkill viniet.
    Got Amy fav yourself Chris?

  11. Slamnoted says:

    is there any tutorials for these vintage effects? really am in love wif tem!

  12. Moshen says:

    woooow . Gr8 . tnx

  13. McKenzie says:

    I love these! Thanks for sharing!

  14. So many styles used for one photo and every time the photo looks totally different.

  15. ushql says:

    great !!

  16. Compare this original with the effects below to find your preferred Photoshop action.

  17. amazing and remarkable!!

  18. Thank you for this nice tutorial
    it is very useful

  19. Logoswish says:

    Nice action. Photoshop Action 15 by Miss Etikate is my favorite.

  20. Barclay Domett says:

    Vintage Retro Film by Purp0l — the best looking …http://bit.ly/GDYGvu

  21. sukacita says:

    awesome… thank you

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