Photo Effects

Helpful Tips & Tricks to Use the Cool Photoshop Effects on Your Photos

For this tutorial we’re going to be introducing you to 5 of the coolest Photoshop filters, and teaching you how to apply them on your photos! Make sure to stay tuned, because at the very end, we’re going to introduce you to an alternative method that’s easier to use and offers tons of more effects!

Part 1. How to Apply Cool Photoshop Effects on Your Photos

When it comes to editing images, Photoshop definitely offers the most when it comes to versatility. However, it can get a bit troubling to apply said effects. They don’t have any preset filters made available, so you either have to buy some from their store or scour the internet for something that would work for your purpose. It’s a very difficult process, but we managed to condense it down to a couple of steps for you down below!

Step 1: Get Started

In order to begin, you will have to launch the program. That can be done with a simple “double-click” on the desktop shortcut. After that, you should be introduced to this screen (refer to the image down below.) To get started, click on the “Open…” text button on the left-hand side of the screen.

Cool Photoshop Effects- Open the Photoshop

Step 2: Import Image

When clicking on the “Open…” text button , a windows/mac popup that will ask you to choose the image that you want to edit. Importing said image will bring you to the main editor!

Cool Photoshop Effects- Choose the Wanted photo

Step 3: Import Presets I.

You can download or purchase presets on the Photoshop store, but if you want to use the filters we offer down below, then make sure to remember the following process!

  • Click on the “Edit” >“Presets” >> “Export/Import Presets”

Doing this will bring you to the next screen!

Cool Photoshop Effects- Import Presets I

Step 4: Export/Import Presets Screen

This is where you can import the presets that you want to use. To do this properly, you will have to follow the steps as listed down below:

  • First, click on the “Select Import Folder” this will prompt you to choose the folder with the filters that you want to use.
  • Next, click on the “Add All” or use the “>” and “<” arrow buttons to choose which of the filters to import.
  • Finally, click on the “Import Presets” button to finalize the import process!
  • Cool Photoshop Effects-  Export/Import Presets Screen

    Step 5: Load Actions

    The next thing left to do, is to load your actions. This can be done by clicking on the “=” button on the upper right-hand corner of your “Actions” module and selecting the “Load Actions…” option from the drop-down menu.

    Cool Photoshop Effects-  Load Actions

    Step 6: Apply Actions

    To apply the action to the image, all you have to do is highlight the filter that you want to use and click on the “play” button on the bottom of the Action module. This should automatically apply said filter for you! That’s all there is to it! Check out the next part for cool photoshop effects that you can try!

    Cool Photoshop Effects- Apply Actions

    5 Cool Photoshop Effects That You Have to Try

    For this section, we’re going to introduce you to a couple of FREE cool photoshop effects that you can try out on your Photos! To use these, just download them and follow the instructions we laid out at the start!


    Retro look is from Spoongraphics! It’s a 10 piece set, this one is called “Steampunk” look, which gives the image a sharp but fluid metallic green overlay! Perhaps the flowers that we chose aren’t the greatest application for this filter, but it looks cool nonetheless!


    Cool Photoshop Effects- RETRO


    Another cool photoshop effect, one to contrast the previous one we introduced, is the vintage series by Beckasweird! These are perfect for the more femme fatale kind of images. It’s very remiscent of the old times, when colored television was just beginning to be popularized. It’s also very hip these days! A lot of the kids enjoy the vintage-aesthetic.


    Cool Photoshop Effects- VINTAGE


    This effect, from Comicidiot, is definitely a lot cooler than the others. It offers a set of two-tone, infrared filters that you can use to dramatically change the colors of your images! It’s good for simple aesthetics that require pops of colors.


    Cool Photoshop Effects-INFRARED


    This dark looking effect is very popular these days. A lot of millennials use these kinds of effects to make their photos aesthetically pleasing — in the darker sense of course! Some of these can be quite dramatic, which glitch-like effects. Whilst others are more subdued and creepy, like the one from Jonasfan93, down below!


    Cool Photoshop Effects-VHS EFFECT


    The effect is perhaps a bit dramatic here, but with this filter from Bati1975, you can turn any image to a pencil sketch! It’s a good way of cutting the usual smooth lines. Add a little smudge in your crisp HD images with this cool photoshop effect!


    Cool Photoshop Effects-PENCIL DRAW

    Part 2. Another Helpful Way to Apply Cool Effects on Your Photos

    Now, as promised, we’re going to introduce you to an easier way of applying cool effects on your photos! This will be demonstrated using a product called Fotophire Editing Toolkit. This is a graphics editor that comes in a set of different editing tools that you can use to edit, crop, add filters and effects, etc. All in an easy-to-understand manner!

    Wondershare Fotophire Editing Toolkit
    • Enables you to apply more than 200 effects to your photos to make them better.
    • Crop or cut pictures to the size to meet any of your need.
    • Help you to remove any unwanted objects from your photos.
    • Allow you to use the Creative Blur to refocus your photos in a click.

    Key Features of Fotophire Editing Toolkit

    • Presets are available upon installation.
    • Hundreds of filters and effects to choose from.
    • Add textures, text, and other effects easily.
    • Automatically enhance your images with sharpening tools.
    • Easy-to-understand interface that anyone can learn to use.

    Guide to Use Photo Background without Quality Loss

    Step 1: Launch Wondershare Fotophire

    Our first step requires you to launch the Fotophire Photo Editor. Just click on the general area of the “Photo Editor” box (the one furthest to the left), in order to do this! It should really only take a couple of seconds.

    Cool Photoshop Effects - Launch Fotophire Editing Toolkit

    Step 2: “Open…”

    Next, click on the white “Open…” text on the left-hand side of the screen. This will prompt you to choose an image that you would like to edit.

    Cool Photoshop Effects- Open the Fotophire

    Step 3: The Original!

    Much like our Photoshop tutorial, we’re going to be editing this image of a vase of colorful flowers. Click on the beaker-like “EFFECTS” tab (highlighted blue in the image below, to get started.

    Tip: If you ever need to change your image back into its original version, click on the “Original” box. That will erase any changes you’ve made!

    Cool Photoshop Effects- Click the Original Box

    Step 4: Choose an Effect!

    Unlike Photoshop, all you really have to do is click on the effect that you want to use. These will be previewed on the right-hand side of the screen (as shown in the image below.) As an example, we’re going to show you a couple of the filters that you can use.

    Popular “Blue Summer”: Despite the name, the filter gives an old-timey look that’s reminiscent of vintage photographs. It uses a cool yellow overtone (which is very unique, because yellow is more known for as a warm color.)

    Cool Photoshop Effects- Choose Blue Summer Effect

    Lomo “Aged”: Under the Lomo tab, is a very dramatic effect called “Aged.” We’re using it here to show you the versatility of the Fotophire editor. It offers extreme and in-the-middle filters that you’ll come to love.

    Cool Photoshop Effects- Choose Lomo Aged Effect

    Black & White “Capa”: Now, if you’re looking for something a little more classic, then you might be interested in the “Capa” filter. This is a very mid-level black and white contrast. You see a lot of smooth neutral grays, and then a cool pop of pure white and almost black here and there!

    Cool Photoshop Effects- Choose Black&White Capa Effect

    Vintage “Exhausted”: I’m quite fond of Vintage series that the Fotophire offers. It’s very sweet and soft, almost dreamy! Vintage aesthetics are really popular these days. Which makes total sense to me! It’s very pleasing to the eye.

    Cool Photoshop Effects- Choose Vintage Exhausted Effect


    When it comes to editing your images, it’s nice to have a lot of options (which Photoshop undoubtedly has.) However, it’s also very time-consuming to use products like Photoshop. It can end up costing a lot too (most filters and addons are expensive.) With alternatives like Fotophire, you can expect to get your work done quickly and easily, making it a much more helpful option.

Sep 03,2018 17:30 pm