Photoshop Action: Old Grainy Image Effect (Sepia tone)

And now something completely different: Photoshop Action – Old Grainy Image Effect by me :)

I hope that you all know what Photoshop Actions are and what can those do for you. If not, you will find out shortly. They’re, actually, quite easy to use and are a real time savers.

Basically, Photoshop action is a sequence of commands that are executed in order to apply formatting, setting or some effect on the image. For this post I prepared an action that will apply an old grainy effect on image.

I made this action for HiQuality images. So, please don’t use small images and then be grumpy about it :) For successful finishing you’ll need a photo or image not smaller than 2500x2500pix.

First open your image. I used a photo of my friend Mirta, simple portrait that we made in my living room (as you can see, I used one huge red and orange bed cloth to serve as a background).


To load PS Actions you have to open PS Action Window on Windows main menu or hit ALT+F9.

How to: Photoshop actions

Photoshop comes with actions that you can use, but now click on small arrow in the upper right windows corner to get the drop down menu

How to: Photoshop actions

and go to “Load Actions” – then choose Old Grainy Image Effect wherever you seved it, on your Desktop or somewhere else (in PS they come in C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop\Presets\Photoshop Actions folder).

Now, select the folder (open it so that the arrow is pointing bellow), and select the name of the Photoshop Action “Old Grainy Image Effect” and finally hit the PLAY button at the bottom of the Actions window.

How to: Photoshop actions

Sit back and wait.

Actions will do the rest. And now we have one Old Grainy Image in sepia tone. You can download my Photoshop Action Old Grainy Image here without subscription for the next 5 days.

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I don’t know about you guys, but I really like sepia toned photos, they add some romantic and nostalgic atmosphere… oh, well, maybe I’m just old.

Photoshop Action - Old Grainy Image Effect

Have fun creating,

P.S. This Photoshop Action is compatible with Photoshop 7.0, CS, CS2, CS3, CS4 and CS5.

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  1. Thanks! The action, and model, are beautiful!

  2. Thanks!
    –> Micki :) – I’m doing my best :)

  3. Thanks so much. Can’t wait to try it. I love grunge effects. I’ve learned more from your posts than all the books I’ve got at home. :-) Plus your posts are fun to read and make me want to try new stuff… :-)

  4. This is great. I’m looking forward to trying it out. Thank you very much.

  5. I love this grungy photo action – Thanks so much for sharing!!!!

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