Every copy of Photoshop comes with a set of commonly used actions. In addition, there are folks who love to write them and make them available for downloading. They range from the simple to the really, really complicated.
The advantage of using them is that you can eliminate repetitive tasks and let the automated process do a task much more quickly.
Typical actions include ...
There are also some actions that will take about 5 or more minutes to run! These are in-depth and thorough. I have a couple that were downloaded from different sites and they are, in a word, impressive!
And you know what - the folks who wrote them were beginners with actions at one time and had to learn the basics of writing their own ,,,
Write Your Own Actions
It is surprisingly easy to write a Photoshop Action, especially a simple 2 or 3 step process.
You can also write a very complicated multi-step technique if you feel so inclined.
Rather than give written step by step instructions on how to write an action, the following video will make it much easier to follow along and understand the process.
There are a couple of things you need to know first.
To do these things you just need to know how to add a Stop and/or a Menu Item in your action.
The recording controls are at the bottom of the Action Palette.
When you click on the New Action Button this is the screen that will appear ...
When the Record button is clicked the palette closes and the Start Recording Button turns red. Now everything you do with Phototshop will be part of the Action until you click the Stop Recording Button.
To run the Action just highlight the action and click the Play Button and away goes your nice, new action.
After recording a Photoshop Action the steps are all visible like on the left image below.
On the left side of the nice new Action are checkmarks for each step that was programmed. If a step is unchecked then it is ignored when the action is running.
If you would like the Action to stop at every step or just a single step click the Toggle Dialogue On/Off buttons (outlined in red).
This is useful if you want to modify an adjustment layer, for instance. If the Stop is not inserted then the original adjustments will be applied every time the Action is run.
At the top of the History palette on the right side is a little arrow head. Click that and a whole menu appears.
Everything that can be done at the bottom of the palette can also be done here and there are some additonal menus.
If the Insert Stop item is selected then you can enter a commnets when the Action Stops. This can be reminder about the adjustment or instructions to someone who is running your Action.
You can also select one of the steps in your Action and choose Start Recording to insert additional steps.
My Photoshop Actions
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