When making photoshop action previews to preview a photo effect:Use your own images or use stock images.
Do not browse the web for celebrity images.
Use non-edited photos, because that's kind of the entire point.
UploadingMake your own actions. Do not play through somebody's actions and then add to it or adjust it your way, and then upload it. Make your own.
Tutorials on how to install/use actions:
Tutorials on how to make actions:
There are many amazing stock images that work well as an eye-catching preview (also depends on the effects you create for it, as well as the entire layout for the preview. I just keep a simple preview without fancy texts)
You want people to be able to look at the preview and feel the emotion of the effect. That's why I use the whole image in a preview.
Sometimes it turns into weeks or months until I come across an image that I want to use as a photoshop action preview, but what I personally look for is:
It must not be too grainy or terribly out of focus.
It must not be a small image to download. At least over 800 x 800 pixel dimension. (I always crop them down to 600 pixels, but I need them to be large enough so I can crop out any unwanted areas on the sides or corners.)
this lovely cat image is large enough to crop so that you may only use the face of it in a preview, if you prefer it to be that way. Either way works just fine: full image or the face.
This image is high enough quality, that I was able to crop out what I didn't want.
Look below at the featured images which I think show good composition of how things are placed in it.
I also suggest you use these types of images for previews.
Now here some actions.