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Make your professional photos look like it was taken with a cheap camera! These amazing Photoshop actions by SparkleStock will give your photos the increasingly popular faded film effect whether you like it or not. There are 12 ultra faded film effects + 12 light leaks and they’re all created using adjustment layers – this means all layers are fully editable and nondestructive. Download and try them out today!

Ultra Faded Examples

These faded film effects are popular with many wedding and portrait photographers. They work great on high-contrast photos and they’re useful whenever your clients want the the retro/film look.

Breeze + Light Leak 21 Before
Breeze + Light Leak 21 After

With the right effect, you can change the mood of your photo. Although the faded film can look drastic, they’re actually created with only 1-2 adjustment layers to give you the maximum dynamic range and image quality.

Qouzi + Light Leak 12 Before
Qouzi + Light Leak 12 After

These faded actions can be used to make your photos more nostalgic. We found some of the light leaks to be too strong but you can reduce the opacity of it or reposition the light leak.

Fixie + Light Leak 19 Before
Fixie + Light Leak 19 After

Faded film effects are commonly used for logos, quotes, or inspirational messages because it has a low-contrast effect that makes any white or black text stand out.

Inspirational Message Before
Inspirational Message After

Video Demonstration

The Photoshop actions used in the video is the premium version which you can download if you’re a SparkleStock member.

Download the Photoshop Actions

  • Velvet Ultra Faded
  • Leningrad Ultra Faded
  • Lemonpeel Ultra Faded
  • Fixie Ultra Faded
  • Frontpage Ultra Faded
  • Qouzi Ultra Faded
  • Fridge Ultra Faded
  • Hibiscus Ultra Faded
  • Deutan Ultra Faded
  • Cufflink Ultra Faded
  • Scarlet Ultra Faded
  • Breeze Ultra Faded
  • Caramel Ultra Faded
  • Edition Ultra Faded
  • Elbaite Ultra Faded
  • Fresno Ultra Faded
  • Iris Ultra Faded
  • Lanikai Ultra Faded
  • Verdial
  • Bonsai Ultra Faded
  • Raleigh Ultra Faded
  • Bonfire Ultra Faded
  • Vintage Ultra Faded
  • Goldie Ultra Faded
  • Ballpoint Ultra Faded
  • Light Leaks