New ABM Actions for Photoshop + Lightroom!

 Check out the new ABM actionsWe are beyond excited to share our new ABM actions with you guys today! We've been developing our new actions with Sarah and Mandi for months and months now. And after lots of testing and tweaking, we are finally ready to share them with you all—hooray!

First, some of you may be wondering what the heck is an action (sometimes called presets)? Photoshop or Lightroom actions are a fast and easy way to apply a wholly edited look to your photos. If you're familiar with how to apply filters within smartphone editing apps (like A Color Story), this is similar but is for Photoshop or Lightroom, but with different looks and even more customization options. Actions are easy to download and load into Photoshop or Lightroom, and they make editing photos lightning fast without sacrificing quality. Whoa! So if you love the look of the photos you see here on ABM, then you'll love using our actions on your own images. 

Why new actions? Good question! As many of you know and may have experienced firsthand, we created our first round of ABM actions and launched them in early 2014. Over the past few years, we've grown in our photography skills and watched photography styles change slightly over that time as well. Our entire team uses the ABM actions for almost every post you see here on our site, and we all began to feel it was time to refresh them. So we used what we've learned over the past few years to develop new sets for ourselves, to help with our own workflow. And of course, we are happy to offer them to you all as well! 

Basics exampleWe've created three collections for Photoshop and one big collection for Lightroom, so no matter which program you prefer to edit with, we've got you covered! We're going to show you everything you get in each collection along with some example images so you can get a feel for what you might like most. 

First off, every Photoshop collection comes with 5 basic editing actions. In the above images, I used only two basics to brighten and enhance my image. These are super useful as a starting place before you apply other actions in case your image is just a bit underexposed, overexposed, or just needs to be a little sharper. There are also times when I will edit an image with an action and then apply a basic afterward just to pump up the color, saturation, or sharpness before saving my final look. Our Lightroom Magic collection also includes a few basic editing actions. 

Natural Beauty Collection by ABMFirst up is our Natural Beauty Collection. This Photoshop collection comes with 15 actions in addition to the 5 basics. Our inspiration for this pack was all about enhancing everyday beauty. Most of the actions help to brighten your images while bringing out the colors that are already found. This collection is especially great for portraits, still life or product images, as well as everyday photos. 

Here's a few examples where I applied only one action from the Natural Beauty Collection to an image:

Just kissed exampleJust Kissed gives your photos warm afterglow, which is subtle but super flattering. 

Summer lovin exampleSummer Lovin' brings out those colors while still keeping whites bright and natural looking. 

Timeless exampleTimeless is a go-to for editing food images. We added just a touch of the Color Enhance basic that comes with this collection to the above image as well. You can decrease the opacity on all our Photoshop actions to lessen their effect, giving you TONS of control over your editing process. 

Clean and bright ex 2 wide box Next up is our Clean and Modern collection. This Photoshop collection is all about increasing the mood in your images. We've developed a wide range of actions in this pack to help deepen and enhance your images no matter what feel you are aiming for. This collection comes with 20 actions in addition to the 5 basic editing actions. This collection is especially great for landscape or nature photos, as well as everyday images of people, still life and everything in between.

Here's a few examples:

Hello california exampleWe used two actions from this collection to bring out the warm of this interior shot.

Sweet caroline ex  Sweet Caroline is another action we love for food or still life images—so pretty!

Dusk ex  Look how much one click with the Dusk action changed the depth and feel of this image!

ABM bw actions exOur third Photoshop action collection is called Black and White + Enhance. This collection comes with 10 black and white actions, 10 enhancing actions, and the 5 basic editing actions. We LOVE this collection because it allows you to get really artsy with your images. You can see a quick example of all the black and white actions above. The enhance actions are all about adding artistic elements like: light leaks, lens flare, color fogs, and holga blur. This collection is perfect for taking a cute image and turning it into something truly special! 

Here's a few more examples from the Black and White + Enhance collection:

Bw exMuddy Waters softens while keeping all the beautiful texture in your image. 

Enhance exYou can add a little flare to your images with this pack—photo pun!

And yes, you can buy ALL the Photoshop actions in our Total Collection—you'll even get a discount plus a bonus action just for fun! 

Presetcollage low res Blackandwhite low resAnd for all you Lightroom users—we didn't forget about you! Some of the ABM team prefers to mostly use Lightroom while others are Photoshop lovers for life. We totally get the appeal of both programs, and know that many photographers like using both for different functions during their own workflow. Therefore we've created the ultimate actions collection for you all—Lightroom Magic. Here's a few examples:

ColorEnhance low res Lightroom-ImListening low res Lightroom-mantauk low resOur Lightroom Magic collection includes 30 actions, with both color and black and white options—everything you need to make editing a breeze!

ABM-actions-email-final-1-animatedTo learn more about the A Beautiful Mess action packs, just check our shop site. Got questions? Check the shop FAQ or let us know in the comments. We can't wait to see what you guys will create with these—happy editing! xo. The ABM Team

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman. Photography: Emma Chapman, Elsie Larson, Sarah Rhodes, and Janae Hardy. Actions created in collaboration with Mandi Johnson and Sarah Rhodes. 

  • Yes!!! These are just what I was hoping for from you guys! Now to pick out what I might want to grab later on (while secretly holding my breath for a bundle deal with all of them together to come out on Black Friday or Boxing Day!).

  • I’m new to this whole Photoshop thing but I just love your picture quality so much and would love to download these actions. I am confused on what photoshop program it’s compatible with. Would it work with Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 – Windows|Mac or would you please link the Photoshop program I need to purchase. Thank You so much!

  • I was literally just thinking how awesome it would be to have a refresh of your actions since I’ve been sending all my images to my phone and editing them with A Color Story. Do these actions work with Photoshop Elements? Also, would you consider doing a Basics package for a reduced price? Like 5 basic actions (I love the clean and modern looks) for $15? I usually hone in on one or two actions to create a cohesive feel to my pictures, so that would be a great option:)

  • I love that Just Kissed effect! Do any of your A Color Story filters produce a very similar effect that you can think of?

  • Hey Chloe! Mandi here. I would say probably a combination of mostly “sweet” and a little of “film camera” from the Blush pack would give you a similar vibe. I designed all of those three (including Just Kissed,” and I used techniques from both “sweet” and “film camera” to make the Just Kissed action. I love the Natural Beauty actions, hope you enjoy them! -Mandi

  • These look awesome! I would love more information about how they compare to the previous actions you had available to purchase. I own the old signature collection and I don’t want to purchase a new set that is going to do basically the same thing. Also, I second what Kari said about being able to purchase in smaller bundles or a la carte…that would be amazing!!