Make your professional photos look like it was taken with a cheap camera! These amazing Photoshop actions by SparkleStockwill 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

Free Version

  • 11 retro filters
  • 12 light leaks


Pro Version

  • 50 retro filters
  • 50 light leaks

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11 responses to “Freebie: 24 Ultra Faded Light Leak Photoshop Actions”

  1. widzimrka Avatar

    Hello, I downloaded the Lite version for now, but cannot run it. I double-clicked on both *.zxp files but the only thing that happens is another winrar window opening with no *zxp file this time. Could you please give me a tip on how to proceed? Thanks a lot

    1. Photoshop Tutorials Staff Avatar
      Photoshop Tutorials Staff

      Try doubleclicking on the ATN file instead. The ZXP file is for Adobe Extension Manager.

  2. Maidul Islam Avatar
    Maidul Islam

    Very inspiring! Keep up the great work.

  3. Maidul Islam Avatar
    Maidul Islam

    Impressive Work…Love it.

  4. Kelsey Avatar

    This is probably a dumb question but I can’t seem to reposition the light leaks, and it’s driving me crazy. Help?

    1. Photoshop Tutorials Editor Avatar
      Photoshop Tutorials Editor

      Hi Kelsey,

      Not a dumb question at all! There’s two ways to doing it:

      First way: Select all of the light leak layers then go to Layer > Convert to Smart Object. Now you can reposition the light leaks.
      Second way: Double-click on each of the light leak layers (starting with the bottom layers first). This will open the Gradient Editor to which you can drag anywhere on your image/canvas to reposition the gradient.

      Hope this helps!

  5. harmon k Avatar
    harmon k


  6. Photoshop Tutorials Editor Avatar
    Photoshop Tutorials Editor

    I don’t know why but adjusting the opacity to 90% looks about the same but with more details.

  7. noy tk Avatar
    noy tk


  8. Daylon R Avatar
    Daylon R

    The before picture of the couple looks better. It’s overly faded make it 50% opacity and it’ll be good. The second picture of the cityscape is a perfect example. Third picture is fakish but can be better. The last picture is precisely what KUSHANDWIZDOM does lol.

  9. Chase Avatar

    Not a huge fan of the light leaks but the ultra faded looks are amazing. Nice stuff!

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