Freebie: 10 Instagram Photoshop Actions


Looking to emulate the Instagram photo effects? Then try out these new Instant Hipster Photoshop actions by SparkleStock. They look almost identical but what’s exciting is that these actions use only a few layers; this means super fast processing, organized layers, and higher image quality! The actions even let you pick the effect quickly by prerendering the effects as snapshots.

Instant Hipster Actions Preview

These are the first Photoshop actions by SparkleStock and they make your photos look like it was shot with Instagram.

Instant Hipster - 10 Retro Photoshop Actions

This free download gives you access to 10 Photoshop actions. If you’re a SparkleStock member, you get access to all 19 of them!

10 Retro Effects

This Photoshop action set creates snapshots so that you can instantly switch between the effects with one click – a huge time saver.

Instant Previews with Snapshot Rendering

Try these actions and you’ll be surprised how few layers it creates – most only use 2 layers! You will not find a raster layer in here – even some of the tricky vignettes are smartly created using a combination of gradients. This is a much harder way to create photo effects but the benefits are faster processing and maximum image quality.

Fast processing, nondestructive, and minimal layers

These actions can easily be toned down by adjusting the opacity. They’re great for wedding photos, corporate shots, and more. Want something new? Try combining any two actions for even more effects!

Easily lower the opacity for a more natural look

Download Instagram Photoshop Actions

  • Amaro
  • Mayfair
  • Hudson
  • Valencia
  • X-Pro II
  • Willow
  • Sutro
  • Hefe
  • Nashville
  • 1977
  • Rise
  • Lo-Fi
  • Earlybird
  • Toaster
  • Brannan
  • Inkwell
  • Walden
  • Kelvin
  • New: Slumber
  • New: Crema
  • New: Ludwig
  • New: Aden
  • New: Perpetua

Looking for Instagram Lightroom Presets?

If you want to use these Instagram effects in Adobe Lightroom, then check out Instant Hipster for Lightroom. They are the most realistic Instagram Lightroom presets on the market.


    • That’s not very nice. This website is giving downloads and tutorials to you free. How can you complain?

    • Either you have no sense of design or you are just jelouus you cannot do great things. If you dont like it leave. I think these are amazing and work well for me.

    • I also gave these a try and yes it is awesome indeed. Did my own little test with the real Instagram app and the effects are a 99% match. My question now is how did they clone the presets so accurately?

  1. Great simple tutorial, as always. If you dont mind me asking, what is the name of the font used in those white textboxes?

  2. Hello. I am using Photoshop 7 and it says it cannot create smart object on a few of the actions including the Play All.

    • You’ll need Adobe Photoshop CS2 or newer to use these actions. Most work with Photoshop 7 but the ones with the fancy vignetting uses Smart Objects (Not in PS7).

    • They do! The lightroom presets are for sale on but it cost more than the photoshop actions and they don’t have free version. The photoshop actions are 98-100% accurate (I tested it to the photos from my iphone)……. I know it is amazing….. but lightroom presets are only around 90-95% accurate.

    • Hi Mark,

      Thanks for letting me know about this! Can you try downloading it again? We updated the file just a few mins ago. Your browser might be downloading the same file already on your computer. Try downloading it from here instead:

      Also, remember to delete the old actions before loading the new one!

    • Thanks for trying them! Which action were you trying to run? I can’t seem to get them to not work on my computer.

    • Hello,

      I found the problem! The file has been updated and it should work now. Please try downloading it again :)

    • Sorry about that but thanks for trying them! We updated it recently to fix the “Play all actions” feature and it should be working now – try downloading it again and loading the new actions.