Free Actions to Create Before & After Previews
Today I have to share actions for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements which will help you to quickly and easily create before & after previews. You can also use actions to simply arrange (place) two images, one next to another or one above another. The license is free for personal and commercial projects as and everything else listed in freebies section and on my site Photoshop Plus > Free.
Click on button below to download package with Free Before and After Previews actions for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements which ships together.
How to use Free Before and After ActionsHere are steps how to load and run provided actions in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.
Step 1 Load actions
The easiest way to load actions in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements is from File > Open > navigate to provided .atn file and double click on it.
Step 2 Display Actions panel
After loading actions you must display the Actions panel from Window > Actions. In Photoshop Elements you must be in Expert mode.
Step 3 Run action
The third step is to select Side by side or Top and bottom actions by clicking on them and to hit Play selection button. Action Side by side will arrange your image one next to another while Top and bottom will arrange two images one above another.
The difference between actions for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements
The difference between actions for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements is that Photoshop will open before image as a Smart Object while Photoshop Elements will duplicate selected image, flatten it and close the original file.
Step 4 Add strokes
Actions to add a stroke in between two images and stroke inside or outside the canvas are at the bottom. There are a total of 4 actions to add strokes. Use Divider vertical with Side by side action. Action Divider horizontal is recorded to add a stroke in between when images are stacked or placed one above another (Top and bottom action).
Actions Stroke inside and Stroke outside will help you to quickly add stroke inside or outside the canvas. It is your choice about stroke width and color. You will see dialogs to set Stroke width and choose a color.