Pixel Sorting is a form of glitch art that uses computer processing to resample an image to create interesting artwork. Until now, programming software was required to achieve this effect, but I’ve managed to create a Photoshop Action that realistically mimics the results. This Action actually allows you to apply and control the effect to a much greater degree than the original processing methods. Choose from a Hard or Soft result, then select the relevant Action to apply the pixel sorting effect to the highlights, midtones, shadows, or a custom area of your image.

Free Pixel Sorting Photoshop Action

My free Pixel Sorting Photoshop Action gives your photos a ‘melted’ appearance by applying the effects to a specific part of your image, this might be the highlights, midtones, shadows, or a custom area that you designate with a manually created selection. Once the Action has been run, you can also choose to ‘Add more’ to enhance the effect by applying more passes, thus extending the length of the pixel distortion.

Download the free Pixel Sorting Photoshop Action

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  1. great FX too. i get a message: The command “Wind” is not currently available. Can i solve that somehow?

  2. Thank you very much for sharing this action! I love this effect, and can’t wait to see what it can do. The sample images look awesome. Again, I just wanted to let you know that this is very much appreciated!! You’re awesome….

  3. I have never seen this! Looks cool, though! Reminds me of the witch in “Oz”, “I’m MELTING! I’M MELTING!” LOL
    Thank you very much!

  4. Thanks for the freebies.. and all the spam mail I got after signing up. Don’t list these as free if you’re going to sell my info.

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