40 Free Photoshop Actions for Adding Vintage Effects to Your Images

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If you regularly work on certain type of projects, you probably have your workflow down path, which means you probably repeat the same steps over and over to achieve a specific result. But for a workflow to be truly efficient, it should also save you time. That’s where Photoshop actions come in handy.

Photoshop actions are nothing more than a series of tasks you can record and apply to a single file or a batch of files. They can be as simple as resizing an image and applying a color overlay to more complex such as resizing an image, adding a filter, applying an overlay, and renaming them according to a specific rule.

In most cases, Photoshop actions are used to achieve a certain effect to your images without spending hours recreating the effect from scratch every time. While you can certainly create your own Photoshop actions, don’t forget that there are countless of Photoshop actions available for download online.

Among them are Photoshop actions designed to add vintage effects to your images and in this post, we’ve rounded up the best of them. Below, you’ll find a collection of free, high quality vintage Photoshop actions that you can download, add to your design toolbox, and apply to your designs. These actions are a great choice whenever you need to age a photo and you’ll find actions for adding vintage colors, dripping gold actions, molecular effect actions, and many more.

For a more general collection of Photoshop Actions, take a look at this article: 50 Free Time-Saving Photoshop Actions.

Photoshop Vintage Actions (Free)

Photoshop vintage actions

Hand-colored Vintage Photo ATN (Free)

Hand-colored Vintage Photo ATN action

Moleculum – Corpuscular Photoshop Action (with Envato Elements subscription)

Moleculum - Сorpuscular Photoshop Action

Dripping Gold Photoshop Action (with Envato Elements subscription)

Dripping Gold Photoshop Action

Actions Vintage (Free)

Actions Vintage photoshop free

Vintage Breeze Action (Free)

Vintage breeze action photoshop

Action Vintage Light (Free)

photoshop Action Vintage light

Destrukt Photoshop Action (with Envato Elements subscription)

Destrukt Photoshop Action

Double Light Photoshop Action (with Envato Elements subscription)

Double Light Photoshop Action

Runaway (Free)

Runaway photoshop Action light

Photoshop Vintage Action III (Free)

Photoshop vintage action III

Vintage Colors Photoshop Action (Free)

 Photoshop Action Vintage Colors

Cloud Photoshop Action (with Envato Elements subscription)

Cloud Photoshop Action

Perfectum – Photoshop Action (with Envato Elements subscription)

Perfectum - Photoshop Action

Photoshop Action Vintage (Free)

Action Vintage

Photoshop Action Vintage Photo (Free)

Vintage Photo

Vintage Photoshop Action I (Free)

Vintage Photoshop Action I

Vintage II PS Actions (Free)

Vintage II - PS Actions

Photoshop Action 11 (Free)

Photoshop Action 11

Vintage Effect PS Actions (Free)

Vintage Effect photoshop Actions

Vintage Photoshop Action Efex (Free)

Vintage Efex - 3 Photoshop Actions

Sweet Vintage Photoshop Action (Free)

Sweet Vintage Photoshop Action

LT’s Vintage Lightleak Photoshop Action (Free)

LT's Vintage Lightleak Photoshop Action

Actions “Retro Vintage” (Free)

Actions Retro Vintage Photoshop Action

Vintage Photoshop Action Effects 5.8

Vintage Effects 5.8

Retro Photoshop Action Vintage Actions (Free)

Retro Vintage actions

Buttercream Vintage Photoshop Action (Free)

Buttercream Vintage Action

Photoshop Action 2 (Free)

Photoshop Action 2

SweetPea Country Vintage Photoshop Action (Free)

SweetPea Country Vintage PS action

Coffee Cup Photoshop Actions (Free)

Coffee Cup photoshop actions

Photoshop Action Vintage 21 (Free)

Action Vintage 21

Fashion Vintage Action (Free)

Fashion vintage action

Vintage Action Set (Free)

Vintage Action Set Photoshop

Ps Action Vintage 6 (Free)

Ps Action Vintage 6 Photoshop

Vintage Gradient Action Pack (Free)

Vintage gradient action Photoshop

Vintage Love Action (Free)

Vintage Love Action Photoshop

Grungy Vintage Actions (Free)

Grungy Photoshop Vintage Actions

Dark Vintage : Action 1 (Free)

Photoshop Dark Vintage : Action 1

Vintage Effect Photoshop Action (Free)

Vintage Effect Photoshop Action

Vintage Actions (Free)

vintage Photoshop actions

Vintage Burn Action (Free)

Vintage burn Photoshop action

JJ’s Vintage Photoshop Actions (Free)

JJ's Vintage Photoshop Actions

Vintage PS Actions (Free)

Vintage PS Actions

LT’s Vintage Style Action (Free)

LT's Vintage Style Action

Vintage Summer Action (Free)

Vintage summer action

Photoshop Actions Pack 1 (Free)

Photoshop Actions pack 1

Photoshop Actions 7 (Free)

Photoshop actions 7

Pink Vintage Action (Free)

Pink Vintage Action

How to Create Your Own Photoshop Action

It is very easy to create your own vintage Photoshop actions. All you have to do is open up the “Actions” palette in Photoshop and click the “New Action” button as seen in the picture below:

It is very easy to create your own vintage Photoshop actions

This will now open a new window offering you different options for creating your action. You can name the action and can place it in a set.

Alternatively, you can assign a shortcut to your created action for quick access. This will help you immediately activate the action in Photoshop, and you can use this option for those actions that you use on regular basis.

you can assign a shortcut to your created action for quick access

Now, hit the “Record” button to start recording your desired actions. Here, you should remember one thing that steps like selection sizes, saving, and other specific steps will be duplicated exactly in the action. Therefore, you need to be very careful in keeping your steps as generic as possible. In this way, you can apply them to the complete range of the image on which you want to apply your action to.

When you are done, click the “Stop” button in the action menu. Now, if you want to apply the action on another file, you can simply click the “Play” button.

Installing Photoshop Actions

Installing Photoshop actions is also very easy and there are several ways to install Photoshop actions. You can simply drag the downloaded actions into the “Actions” folder that you can find enclosed within the “Presets” folder in your Photoshop application folder. This would be the easiest way to install Photoshop actions.

Installing Photoshop actions is also very easy and there are several ways to install Photoshop actions

Alternatively, you can also use the little arrow on the right of the actions menu, and then click “Load Actions” option. This will also install downloaded actions into your Photoshop quite quickly.