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Creating Photoshop "Actions"
So, you've used Photoshop for awhile now and are fairly adept at cropping, working with layers, changing colored photos to black-and-white and the like. Have you ever had this happen? You tinkered around with a picture for awhile using Photoshop, and ended up with an image that was creative and different. The only problem is, you can't remember how you arrived at that final look. Actions What you need to learn now is something called "Actions." In Photoshop, an "Action" is a digitally written record of the steps you've taken to enhance or alter a photograph or image.
- you'll save time and money
- you can customize actions to fit certain workloads
- you can share actions with others
- you can make a hard copy of an Action you've developed, which can become a tutorial for you to use anytime
- Play. Choose the action you want to assign to the Batch command.
- Source. Select the images or folders of images you want to alter.
- Destination. Determine the destination for the images you'll be processing.
- Errors. Photoshop logs any errors that might occur during processing.
- Use as few displayed dialog boxes and stop messages as possible.
- Establish color codes for your actions.
- Keep the names of your actions as short and descriptive as possible.
- Use keyboard shortcuts.
- Save your actions frequently.
- If you include a Save As command in an action that saves a file as a JPEG, be sure that the Save As Copy check box is checked in the Save As dialog box.
by Al Ward
This unrivaled resource from actions guru Al Ward supplies you with over 600 Photoshop actions that you can instantly apply to your work. Tackling basic to complex processes, the actions on the CD allow you to automate routine production tasks, make color and tone enhancements, apply artistic effects, and much more--most of the time with just one click. Al also teaches you how to customize and create new Photoshop actions to suit your precise needs.