The best free Photoshop resources

Our colleagues at Digital Arts have trawled the web to bring you the best free resources for Adobe Photoshop that every designer should own.

For more workaday PSD files for corporate work, PSGalaxy tinyurl.com/dhtmgj has a huge collection of layered files, including filmstrips, business cards, Web 2.0 stickers, frames and stamps.

For out-and-out creativity, pay a visit to Design Bum tinyurl.com/cpn3e7 to see inspirational artwork. Best of all, you can download each piece as a project file, with each one around the 200MB mark.

For Designer tinyurl.com/cqjeve has a huge directory of layered PSD files, along with lashings of vector files for download. Topics covered range from people to landscapes, and fashion to food PSD files.

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Free Photoshop actions

Actions in Photoshop were designed to remove the multi-stage drudgery of repetitive tasks in Photoshop, such as colour-converting images. Yet with some creative know-how, designers have been creating and sharing Photoshop actions that push the tool to its limits.

Photoshop actions pull together a series of steps, including menu choices, filters, and resizing — and you can even batch-process a folder of images for instant creativity.

The UK’s Turning Turnip site tinyurl.com/ca9wps has a great collection of free actions for photographers and artists, ranging from comic and watercolour effects, to pop-art and photo-grain actions.

PanosFX has 38 high-quality actions to download from its site tinyurl.com/d7aja, including its excellent Rainy Day action, jigsaw-creation action, and spiral-bind action.

For a unique take on Photoshop actions, Finesse FX tinyurl.com/ce7uky includes over 65 free actions that are geared to artistic output. Highlights include the excellent Old Parchment, TackIt mini action, and lots of actions for creative text effects.

If you need more traditional photographic actions, Shutter Freaks tinyurl.com/amxzao has a directory of actions, including photo frames, bleaching, B&W conversion, and canvas painting.

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RainyDay_after

Before and after PanosFX’s brilliant Rainy Day action is applied: the action mimics the effect of raindrops on glass over the image.

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