Free Photoshop Elements Action Giveaway ~ Celebrating the EE Facebook Community

***Editing to add that this action was a gift to Facebook and blog readers but has since been removed as a free action. It is now available as part of the Coast to Coast Action Set, a set of 14 creative actions. ***

Have you been to Everyday Elements’ Facebook fan page? It is a place to ask questions, share struggles, successes, pictures,  links and more. I cannot tell you how very appreciative I am for the wonderful friends I have met at that page. I started it in June as a way for people to ask me questions regarding the workshops but it quickly turned into much more.

Right now over 2000 people feel Everyday Element’s page is worth following and that boggles my mind! And, what is better is that I have so many wonderful people who help fellow Photoshop Elements users by answering questions when I am away, by giving tips and tricks which we all benefit from and much more! It warms my heart when I see others taking time to share what they know and to help others.

So, to celebrate our wonderful little Facebook family, I am giving away an action I named Yonkers, which provides a nice boost to the colors, brightness, contrast and warmth to a picture. Why “Yonkers?” Honestly, the name makes me smile and so does the FB page, so I thought it fit. 😉


If you have taken any of my workshops, you know that I preach “Do a clean edit, then run creative actions!!” Well, I actually designed* for this one to be run on SOOC images (as long as there is not major trouble with the picture, in which I would say go do a clean edit and then come back). I know that many people are busy and they don’t have time to do clean edits on every image, plus play with actions, so I made one that would do a little of both.

*Yonkers can be run on clean edits also, you just may need to turn on the Tad Darker layer to make it less bright.

Below is an example of Yonkers on a past summer picture. I ran the group version and simply pulled the layer opacity of the group down to 81%. I turned on a few of the optional layers and that was ALL I did to the picture.

I created two version of Yonkers, an open layers one and a grouped layers one. I am lazy and enjoy using most actions as a group, so I can just reduce the opacity of one layer. Now, if  you are the opposite and love all the control, you can use the open layers version.

**There are four layers that are turned off, which you need to turn on when/if you need them.

If you would like to download Yonkers, click HERE. The download will only be good through Monday morning. If you have trouble with MediaFire not downloading, leave a comment stating such and I’ll email it to you.

** Since I have a guest post at Coffeeshop this week, I am extending this giveaway until Thursday, January 14th.

Below is another example of Yonkers and what group opacity and extra layers I used.


About Amanda

I am passionate about helping others learn how to use their DSLR cameras and editing programs. More information about me can be found at my About page, or by visiting my personal blog.


  1. Thanks Amanda!!!! You rock!

  2. Mary Lynne says:

    Thanks so much…love actions that add some warming.

  3. Congrats on all the FB followers!
    Thank you so much!

  4. Thanks Amanda!!!

  5. Love it!! Thanks! =]

  6. You are awesome ! Thank You !!

  7. Thank you! I love a clean edit. Usually I just duplicate the layer in soft light (low opacity) and running a sharpening mask. This looks like it’s right up my alley!

  8. Love the name! Made me smile!

    Beautiful action! Thanks for sharing!! Congrats on all the followers, too! 🙂 You must be doing something right! lol!

  9. Thank you, I can not wait to try it out.

  10. I LOVE it Amanda! Thank you for your talent, your generosity and your awesomeness!! Have a wonderful weekend!

  11. Thank you, Amanda! This looks like a great everyday action–can’t wait to try it!

  12. Amanda, I love all your actions! Thanks for giving us free ones! You are awesome!

  13. Thanks so much!!!

  14. Thank you for your generosity.

  15. I’m very excited to try this, but I can’t seem to get the download! It clicks over to mediafire and all the usual, but it wont let me download the link. Anyone else have this problem, or is it just me? (Its probably just me :))

  16. You are amazing! We love what you do!! That is why we follow!!

  17. Jen!
    I’m having the same problem too! (Mac OS 10) I’ve downloaded many EE action and never had this problem 🙁

  18. Wow, 2000 fans is certainly a reason to celebrate! I’m proud to be one of those fans who think you and EE are awesome! Thank you for the action….I have a feeling I will go “YONKERS” over it! 🙂

  19. I tried getting this download and it did not work for me. Instead I got a virus downloaded! Thankfully, my Norton security removed it.

  20. Thank you!

  21. Amanda emailed me the file, what an awesome, sweet person!

    Robin, I’m glad to know it wasn’t just me.

    Donna M. – Mediafire always tries to attack my computer and give me a virus! Last time I downloaded a bunch of files from there my Norton popped up to tell me it beat 14 attempted attacks from that site!!

  22. Katherine says:

    Thanks so much! You are unbelievable generous and awesome. Thanks again.

  23. Katherine says:

    Sorry about my typo. Your more than generous and helpful. Thanks again.

  24. Thanks sooo much! Can’t wait to try it.

  25. Thank you so much! Can’t wait to try it out!

  26. Thank you for sharing, Looking forward to “meet” you 🙂

  27. Thank you for letting me know that Mediafire is a problem with some people. It seems like it is isolated. I am going to look for another site to use for the free downloads. Thank you for your feedback.

  28. I’m having the same problem with the virus attacks from MediaFire. It freezes my browsing…have to force quit the browser…and I still don’t have the download. Wah!

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