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Join Photoshop master Deke McClelland in the fourth and final installment of his popular Photoshop CC One-on-One series. In this course, Deke shares step-by-step tutorials and expert-level insights on the most powerful features, helping you make your own way to true Photoshop mastery.
In this movie, I'll show you how to record a dynamic version of that same action that involves a Smart Filter. So in other words, we going to record a better version of the action, and we going to set things up so you can modify the settings as you play the action back. So notice that I've gone ahead and reverted the image prior to recording this video, just so I don't have to do it in front of you again. And now I'm going to create a new action by clicking on the little page icon at the bottom of the Actions panel. And I'll call this guy, dynamic sharpen like so.
And then click on the Record button, and you can see that we are now in the process of recording another action. Now, just to give myself some more room, I'm going to twirl each one of these steps closed. And notice that does not get recorded by the Actions panel. And now I'm going to convert this image to a Smart Object, by first double-clicking on the background, and I'll change the name of the new layer to photo. And then click Okay. And you can see that that step get's recorded. And if I twirl it open, it reads that I set the background to a Floating layer and then I went ahead and named the layer Photo.
Next, I'll right click inside the image window with the Rectangular Marquee tool and choose Convert to Smart Object, which gets recorded as well. Now, because smart sharpening was the last filter I applied, I can just press Ctrl+F or Cmd+F on the Mac in order to bring up the Smart Sharpen dialog box complete with my last settings. And assuming that I like those settings, all I have to do is click OK and that step is saved eventually here inside the Actions panel. And notice even though our last application of smart sharpen was as a static effect, it appears as a dynamic Smart Filter here inside the Layers panel.
Now I want to ensure that I'm sharpening just the detail and not the color. So I'll double click on the little Sliders icon to bring up the Blending Options dialogue box and I'll change the mode to Luminosity. And then I'll reduce the opacity to 50% and click Okay. And not only does that get recorded, but notice that we're changing the effects of the current layer. So whatever layer is active will be affected, which is a great way to work. That's the most flexible approach you can have. And then finally, I don't want this filter mask cluttering up the panel.
So I'll right click on it and choose Delete Filter Mask. And that is also recorded here inside the panel. And so now I'll go ahead and click the Stop button, or you can just press the Esc key to exit the recording. Alright, now we need to play the action back. So I'll go up to the File menu and choose the Revert command, or you can just press the F12 key. And then I'll click on the name of the action I just recorded. Now, this time around though when I play the action back, I want to make it possible to change my mind.
To apply different settings. And so, notice this little column of squares right there. If you click inside the square in front of smart sharpen, that will force the display of the dialog box. So it will still offer you these settings right here, but it'll let you change the settings if you like. And I'm also going to click on this little dialogue box icon in front of the filter effects. Alright, now if I play the action back, just by clicking the Play button, then as soon as I come to the Smart Sharpen step, Photoshop offers me the option of adjusting the settings.
And so I'm going to raise this amount value to 300%, and then click Okay in order to more emphatically sharpen the image. And next you'll see the Blending Options dialogue box. We want to leave Mode set to Luminosity, as always, but I'm going to take the opacity value up to 66% and then click Okay. Now the interesting thing about this is you can see that my new settings have not been recorded, either where smart sharpen is concerned or where the blending options are concerned down here.
So the amount is still 200% inside the smart sharpen step. And inside the filter effect step, the opacity is still 50%. If you want to change that. For example, let's say I want smart sharpen to be permanently modified, then I'll double-click on smart sharpen like so. And then I'll raise the amount value to 300% and click Okat. Now that makes an absolute mess of the image because I have double sharpened it. And you can see the two occurrences of smart sharpen over here inside the Layers panel. But I can rectify that just by pressing the F12 key, or by choosing Revert from the File menu.
And so you can see if I once again playback this action, then the Smart Sharpen dialog box comes up with my adjusted amount value. I'll go ahead and click Okay, because I like that. But the opacity value, as you'll see in just a moment here, remains 50%. And that's because I did not make any changes to this particular step. And so if I want to override it for this particular image, I would have to manually enter 66% inside the opacity field and then click Okay.
And that's how you record a dynamic action, as well as set things up so you can change your settings on the fly as you play the action back.
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