30+ Very Useful Photoshop Text Actions for Your Designs

In this post, I rounded up more than 30 very useful Photoshop text actions that you can use to simplify tasks in Photoshop. To use these files, just go to the actions palette (if it is not opened yet, go to “Windows” and make sure that “actions” is checked or just press the shortcut “Alt+F9”) then click “load actions” or “replace actions”. A “load” dialog box will pop up and then select these files (the saved actions) from your disk. The load actions command will load the new actions while the replace actions command will replace the default actions or the current actions in the actions panel.

I am new to Photoshop actions. In fact, I started using actions since last year ago only. Photoshop action is one of those least explored features of Photoshop. If you do not know what is a Photoshop action, it is actually a series of tasks that you play back on a single file or a batch of files. The Photoshop actions may include menu commands, tool actions, palette options, and so on. You can create a Photoshop action that changes the size of an image, applies a filter to the image for a particular effect, and then saves the file in the desired format.

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However, if you want to use Photoshop actions it is best if you learn how to create them first. Photoshop Support.com has a video tutorial on how to create Photoshop actions titled Recording Actions To Automate Tasks”. It is a must-see video for those who want to give Photoshop action a try.

In my last post about Photoshop action, I listed down some free Photoshop actions for portraits that you can use for editing photographs, such as sepia and black and white effect, soft skin effect, and so on. And since we also find ourselves needing to put effects in texts, I think it will be worthwhile to also look at free Photoshop text actions. By the way, if you are not interested in using Photoshop text actions and would rather create the text effects from scratch, I also have a post about Photoshop Text Effects Tutorials. Please also check that out as well.


DOWNLOAD THESE PHOTOSHOP TEXT ACTIONS

To download the Photoshop text actions that you want, simply click on the direct link to the original source provided below each preview image. The first 10 Photoshop text actions are free to download while the last 3 entries are commercially available for a few dollars.

01-Trees for the Forest

Make your text look like it was just carved out of the woods with this Photoshop text action! This effect actually contains two actions. The first one, “Bark”, creates the wood border and barky interior while the second action “Foliage” adds the leafy appearance on top. These Photoshop text actions are compatible with Adobe Photoshop CS and higher.

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02-Auburn Xtacy Photoshop Text Actions

It seems rather difficult to describe in words exactly the appearance of this free Photoshop action. As you can tell, it forms a dark brown textured border around the text, with the inside being a lighter, streaky yellow.
Requirements: Photoshop CS or higher

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03- Starry Text Effects

This looks exactly like what it sounds like — an endless star field encapsuled by a glossy blue border. You get text full of a multitude of stars, novas and dying novas. At the end, the file is left unflattened and all the layers are put into a set for easy manipulation and movement.

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04- 1930s Glitter Text Effect Actions

Be transported back in time to the age when the upper class ladies adorned themselves with long, flowing dresses covered in sequins. Relive the glitter and glamor!

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05- Merry Christmas Text Actions

This Photoshop text action gives your text a bright, smooth red center encased in a textured green border. For an added touch, a little snow is added! The action is left in layers for optimum customization, and also organized in a layer set for easy movement and incorporation into your project.

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06- Fluid Text Effect

Create a beaker of fluid inside your text with this free Photoshop text action. The appearance is rather like a lava lamp or perhaps you might describe it as an “oil in water” clone. The substance is covered with a glossy glass case, surrounded by a textured white border.

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07- Tape Photoshop Text Actions

This Photoshop text action set contains 3 free Photoshop text actions that simulate realistically the popular look of an embossing plastic tape. Just enter your text and let Photoshop punch the letters on the tape. You can choose from three tape colors (Red, Green, Blue).

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08-Superheroes Photoshop Text Effects

This set of Photoshop text actions actually comprises 6 different actions. The first creates the generic superhero text, the second gives a thinner 3-D effect, and the third takes the 3-D text into the distance. The last three Photoshop text actions are “Modifiers”. These actions create a different effect on the action you’ve already run. However, you must stop the text effect as directed (at the prompt which asks whether or not to continue and merge layers) in order to run the Modifier actions.

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09- Six Text Shatter Actions by Creative Minds (Commercial License Available)

A set of six Photoshop text actions for creating shattered text effects. Each action gives a different shatter effect.

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10- Melt It – The Premium Incandescent 3D Text Maker

Here is a pack of Photoshop text actions that transforms your text (and other layers) into 3D incandescent objects. The pack contains all the 3 Photoshop text actions. The first action produces an intruding (whole in surface) 3D effect. The other two creates extruded 3D objects, with two different look.

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11- 3D Box & Text Styles

This pack of Photoshop text actions includes 4 stylish text styles and a 3D box generator. Each text style is very easy to use and edit. The pack also includes, in addition to the action (ATN) files, the .PAT and .ASL files so you can simply load and use in Photoshop.

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12- Embossed Label Photoshop Text Actions

This set of Photoshop text actions contains 3 free Photoshop text actions that simulate realistically the popular look of an embossing plastic tape. Just enter your text and let Photoshop punch the letters on the tape. You can choose from three tape colors (Red, Green, Blue).

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13-Sketch iT – Convert To Sketch

This amazing set of Photoshop text actions lets you convert any fonts or vector shapes into cool looking sketches. There are now 4 sketch render modes which help the Sketch iT action produce better results across a wider range of sizes.

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