Free Photoshop Action Set: Mike Campau’s Looking Glass Effects
We’re sharing an action set for Adobe Photoshop that you can download—for free—and use to create rectangular and circular glass-distortion effects in your images.
To install the action, first unzip the file you downloaded (get it here if you have not downloaded it yet). You’ll see that it is an action (.atn) file. Then go to Photoshop, open the Actions palette (Window > Actions), select Load Actions, and choose that file. There are two actions in the set—a circle one and a rectangle one.
To use one of the actions, the first thing you need to do is duplicate your background layer (the actions will not work on flat Photoshop files). Once you’ve done that, you can use either the Rectangle Marquee tool or the Elliptical Marquee tool to make a selection; then choose either the Square or Circle action (respectively) and click on the play icon. Voilà! When you use the Elliptical Marquee tool, hold shift down to make sure your shape is a perfect circle. (Note that this action may not work on some very low-resolution images; when too few pixels are selected, you will get an error message, even though the action might still work.)
Images created by Nicolle Rodriguez, using our action set and Adobe Stock photos.