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Running Automated Actions in Guided Edit

From: Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

Video: Running Automated Actions in Guided Edit

The Action Player is a unique feature in Guided Edit. The action player will playback a series of recorded actions on an open image, saving you the time and effort of repeating the steps every time that you want to apply the same technique. Although you can't record an action in Elements, you can make your own action in Photoshop proper, and than apply it to images here in Elements, or you can apply one of the several interesting actions that come with Elements 8.0. Let me show you how simple it is to run an action on an image. With this photograph open in the Guided Edit Workspace, I'm going to go over to the Guided Edit panel on the right, and go down to the Automated Actions Category.

Running Automated Actions in Guided Edit

The Action Player is a unique feature in Guided Edit. The action player will playback a series of recorded actions on an open image, saving you the time and effort of repeating the steps every time that you want to apply the same technique. Although you can't record an action in Elements, you can make your own action in Photoshop proper, and than apply it to images here in Elements, or you can apply one of the several interesting actions that come with Elements 8.0. Let me show you how simple it is to run an action on an image. With this photograph open in the Guided Edit Workspace, I'm going to go over to the Guided Edit panel on the right, and go down to the Automated Actions Category.

There I'm going to click on Action Player, and that brings up instructions for how to use the action player along with several menus. The first venue is actually a menu of Action Sets or Categories. There are several different caption configurations that you can automatically add to photos. There are some fun features in the lose weight set. There are a number of different resizing and cropping options, and there are some special effects, which is the category I'm going to select. And next sets the second menu to show the various special effects that come with the Action Player in Elements 8.0.

I am going to choose the second one, Faded Ink with Vignette. To run the action on this photo, all I have to do is click the Play Action button, and in just a few seconds, Elements has applied this complex effect to the photo. I think it looks pretty interesting. but if I didn't like the result, I could come down to the reset button and click it, although I am not going to do that. Take a look at this tip, what it's saying is that I could add more actions to this action player, but unfortunately I can't record or create those here in Elements.

If I want to make an action, I would have to have access to Photoshop proper. Now before I accept the results of running this action, I may want to compare to the original photo. The Before and After button is down here at the bottom of the Guided Edit panel. I am going to click this arrow icon. And that shows me a Before and an After version of the image. And if I like the result, I'll click Done, and then I'll go up to the Close button where I'll Close and Save an additional copy of the image with this special effect. So why are Actions important? Because they save you time, rather than repeat all the steps of performing this complex action on different photos, all I would have to do is open various images in the Action Player, and use the few simple commands in the Guided Edit panel to get a result like this one.

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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

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  1. 2m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 17s
  2. 13m 0s
    1. Touring Elements
      7m 24s
    2. Starting from the Welcome screen
      5m 36s
  3. 16m 11s
    1. Importing photos from a camera
      8m 48s
    2. Dividing scanned photos
      3m 52s
    3. Capturing frames from video
      3m 31s
  4. 23m 13s
    1. Touring Bridge CS4
      7m 44s
    2. Opening files from Bridge into Elements
      5m 1s
    3. Rotating photos
      1m 17s
    4. Moving, deleting, and hiding photos
      4m 11s
    5. Renaming photos
      5m 0s
  5. 29m 16s
    1. Tagging photos with keywords
      6m 28s
    2. Rating and labeling photos
      5m 55s
    3. Sorting photos by filter
      6m 23s
    4. Finding photos
      4m 33s
    5. Organizing photos in Collections
      5m 57s
  6. 52m 52s
    1. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      8m 34s
    2. Applying Quick Fix lighting controls
      3m 33s
    3. Applying Quick Fix color controls
      6m 30s
    4. Applying Quick Fix sharpening
      3m 44s
    5. Using Quick Fix touchup tools
      7m 43s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      6m 25s
    7. Merging multiple exposures in Guided Edit
      7m 24s
    8. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      6m 31s
    9. Running Automated Actions in Guided Edit
      2m 28s
  7. 30m 57s
    1. Touring the Full Edit workspace
      6m 5s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 28s
    3. Arranging panels
      4m 14s
    4. Using tools
      8m 15s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      3m 8s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 47s
  8. 46m 0s
    1. Using Undo History
      6m 6s
    2. Zooming and navigating
      5m 38s
    3. Creating a blank file
      5m 43s
    4. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 21s
    5. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 10s
    6. Cropping and straightening an image
      3m 12s
    7. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 23s
    8. Processing multiple files
      6m 16s
    9. Saving and formats
      4m 11s
  9. 23m 25s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 30s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      8m 53s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      11m 2s
  10. 22m 24s
    1. Understanding selections
      3m 39s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 36s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      3m 9s
    4. Refining a selection
      3m 59s
    5. Modifying and saving selections
      4m 1s
  11. 55m 51s
    1. Using adjustment layers
      9m 21s
    2. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 49s
    3. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      3m 24s
    4. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 30s
    5. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 3s
    6. Removing a color cast
      3m 55s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 10s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      3m 44s
    9. Sharpening photos
      9m 42s
    10. Working with raw photos
      9m 13s
  12. 18m 58s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      5m 20s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      3m 30s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 49s
    4. Healing blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 15s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 13s
  13. 26m 26s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 6s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 0s
    3. Using layer styles
      3m 36s
    4. Using shapes
      8m 25s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 54s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 25s
  14. 7m 35s
    1. Creating text
      4m 7s
    2. Editing text
      3m 28s
  15. 27m 26s
    1. Making a photo collage
      7m 15s
    2. Stitching a photo panorama
      3m 43s
    3. Saving for the web
      6m 40s
    4. Creating web galleries in Bridge
      6m 47s
    5. Creating a PDF slideshow
      3m 1s
  16. 4m 34s
    1. Printing photos and contact sheets
      2m 49s
    2. Sending photos by mail
      1m 45s
  17. 23s
    1. Goodbye
      23s

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