Freebie: 10 Instagram Photoshop Actions

Freebie: 10 Instagram Photoshop Actions
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

Free Version

  • Amaro
  • Mayfair
  • Hudson
  • Valencia
  • X-Pro II
  • Willow
  • Sutro
  • Hefe
  • Nashville
  • 1977


Pro Version

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

Buy from SparkleStock

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.

86 comments on “Freebie: 10 Instagram Photoshop Actions”

  1. Hello! Help me, please! I downloaded free actions, but i can't install them. Every time, i try, i've got a massage "The object is not currently avaliable". I've already checked mode section, it's tick with RGB color and 8bit/Chanel. What else can i do?

  2. hey there! I just downloaded this last night and went through the motions to apply a filter on a photo and its saying that the make and layer. are currently not available for each and every filter and it won't work :/

  3. Hey,

    I tried downloading the free lite version and it does NOT work. I have CS3 on my iMac. When I hit the "play" button it says "these actions or filters are not available at this time". Please help! thanks

  4. Tried installing it and following the instructions. I loaded the 10 effects to the action dashboard. Here's the issue I get:
    The object action "amaro" is not currently available.

    It seems that this happens for the rest of them as well, such as Mayfair and Hudson.

    What am I doing wrong?

  5. downloaded the file, ran it and can't seem to the find the action named "19 Retro Actions.atn" anywhere on my computer. Please help me get this installed...

  6. I just purchased the Pro $4, checked my dropbox, a folder was created but i haven't got any files in it. Appreciate your soonest response.

  7. How do you add these? I'm quite confused. I have it downloaded but don't know what to do with it. Please comment back.

    1. There's an instructions file with the instructions. Here's what it says:

      Go to Window > Actions. Click on the panel menu (top-right corner of the panel) then click Load Actions. Browse for the "Instant Hipster - 19 Retro Actions.atn" file then click Load.
      In your Actions panel (Window > Actions), click on the Instant Hipster by SparkleStock folder. Select the "Play All Actions" action then click on the play button on the bottom of your Actions panel.
      After the action is done processing, all the effects will be prerendered as snapshots in your History panel (Window > History). Click on any of the snapshot to apply the filter.
      You can lower the opacity of the layers or layer group to reduce the effects.

  8. Hi,
    When I try playing the Play All Actions folder (CS6), I get error messages that say things like, 'The command "make" is not currently available. Any suggestions?

  9. Hello! im on CS3 and it kept "play all actions" didn't work even after downloading the newer version. Kept saying that all object is currently unavailable, eventhough playing the individual actions works fine? Wondering if you could help :)

    1. Check to see if you're in RGB mode by going to Image > Mode > RGB Color and Image > Mode > 8-bit.

  10. A woman in swimsuit 2 photos
    Compensation want to get a picture that was used for testing.
    Instagram want to see the difference.

    How not to match.

  11. I got many error messages like
    the command "create" does not exist
    the obkect layer "amaro" is not availabale...

    1. Check to see if your document is in 8-bit RGB mode by going to Image > Mode menu

  12. Wow!!! Thanks a lot these are all great and will certainly come in handy! The best thing is that you can keep all the image quality unlike using Instagram us they down grade all there photos uploaded!

  13. not working for my cs6. it downloads, i click the play all and then the play button and pop ups keep saing the the commands and all that are not working. :-(

    1. IS your photo in RGB mode? You can check by going to Image > Mode > RGB Color.

  14. thnx very much for this wonderful actions helps alot...more power to you all guy..big fun here from japan..

  15. I'm on mobile right now so I don't have access to this quite yet - but, just wanted to know if it has the little light effect from instagram? I've been using this on IG a lot lately, I'm not sure exactly what it does but it does brighten a picture and make the contrast colors really pop without them darkening. Is this action in here, or can it be made some time? Thanks.

    1. It doesn't have that feature but you can use the Shadow/Highlights tool (Image > Adjustments > Shadow/Highlights) to achieve something similar for now.

  16. Only got 9 actions from the download and "Early bird" action I was actually looking for was not included :(

  17. Hi ....

    with every Download I did ...i recieve always "The command “Make” is not currently available."

    Macbook wit PS CS5 extended.

    What I am doing wrong?

    Thanks for replying and compliements!!!

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

    2. 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.

    1. 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?

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

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

    1. 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).

    1. 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.

    1. 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!

  20. Thank you but I downloaded them right now and they don't work properly on PS CS6. Curves layers have no settings

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

    2. Hello,

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

    1. 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.

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