FilterGrade Photoshop Actions Review:
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I consider myself to be proficient with Photoshop. I know how to create images and modify them using basic effects, but I will admit there is a lot that I don’t know about the depth of the app. One feature I just learned about was Actions. This nifty option allows users to create their own sequence of steps that can be saved and reapplied at any time. This is meant to be both efficient and creative for users. It allows the recreation of a specific effect without having to go through every single step every time you want to use it. Even though I have found this to be a useful option within Photoshop, I’ve not mastered the technique. I did, however, find FilterGrade, a fantastic website that offers not only tutorials to make yourself a better Photoshop artist, but also a huge collection of Photoshop Actions ready to be used.
FilterGrade was created when its founder was faced with the problem of finding the right set of Actions for photography projects. When he couldn’t find what he was looking for, he created his own and packaged them so other could use them, too. And so, FilterGrade was born.
FilterGrade currently has 17 different sets of Actions to choose from and they range in price from $12 up to $49. There is a myriad of options to choose from depending on the photography look you are wanting to achieve. For testing purposes, I had the Color Wash, Film Stock and main Bundle to work with, which are the most popular options according to the developer.
This being my first foray into using Photoshop Actions, I wasn’t sure what to expect. As I mentioned, I consider myself to be an average user. I know my way around, but am not trained professionally, nor do I consider myself an ‘expert’ with the software. That being said, I want to tell you how easy it was to load and use these Actions. First, I simply opened the files from Photoshop. The were immediately translated into Actions and saved within the Actions menu.
To use them, I opened up a simple photo of some spring flowers. Then, I looked through the Actions menu to test out the FilterGrade options I had loaded. I selected a film effect and a light effect. Once the Action was selected I clicked on the play button at the bottom of the Action window. The Action plays through its steps and applies the filter to your photo. You can see the results of the filters I applied below.
I have been thoroughly impressed with the results of the Actions and am looking forward to using them more. If you are a Photoshop user and you want to take your photo skills to the next level, I would check out FilterGrade’s Action bundles. They can really add a lot to the beauty of your photos.
For more information, visit https://filtergrade.com.