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Editing an action

From: Photoshop for Designers: Textures

Video: Editing an action

Here we are going to see a simple example of editing and action. I am going to come to my Actions panel. If you don't see it, it's under the Window menu, right there. I am going to be working with one of the Textures actions, specifically Green Slime. If I expand Green Slime, these are the steps that it uses to get this result. If this wasn't what you expected or wanted, undoing is going to involve undoing all of these steps, which is why all of these actions include as their first step Make snapshot.

Editing an action

Here we are going to see a simple example of editing and action. I am going to come to my Actions panel. If you don't see it, it's under the Window menu, right there. I am going to be working with one of the Textures actions, specifically Green Slime. If I expand Green Slime, these are the steps that it uses to get this result. If this wasn't what you expected or wanted, undoing is going to involve undoing all of these steps, which is why all of these actions include as their first step Make snapshot.

So it always gives you an out. You can always restore things to the way they were before you ran the action. So that's what I am going to do there. If you do want to edit one of these actions, it's not always completely transparent where the particular thing that you want to edit occurs in this sequence of steps. So it may be useful to change the Playback options of the Actions. Now at the moment and typically, I am running in Accelerated mode, i.e. let's make the action happen as quickly as possible.

But we can change this to Step by Step, which is kind of interesting way of deconstructing an action anyway. Now when I run that same action, we can see each of the steps take place in almost real time and we realize it's right there that the color is changed to green. And we actually want the color to change to purple, let's say. What I'd like to do is edit this action.

Let's imagine that I like everything else about it, I just want to change the color of the result. Maybe there is going to be a time when I do want a Green Slime action, so I am actually going to make a duplicate of it. So I am going to select the action and from the Actions panel menu, I am going to choose Duplicate and it's going to give me a copy, and then I'll just come and edit the name of that and we will call this Purple Slime, and then I am going to come down to this specific step that I want to edit.

In this case that is Color Balance and I don't choose to record that step again. These are the settings that I used to get this green color and I can just change these around and I am going to go towards the Magenta and towards the Red, add a bit more to the Blue and I'll click OK, you'll see that the Red record button went off, so that's just recording that one single step again. Now I'll restore my document to its History Snapshot, come back to my Actions and I'll now run my edited action and I didn't take it out of the Step by Step mode.

So it's going to run rather slowly. If we are happy with that result, we can now come to Playback options and put that back to the Accelerated mode. So there we see just a very simple example of how you can take one of these predefined actions and adapt it to your own needs.

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Photoshop for Designers: Textures

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  1. 1m 30s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files
      28s
  2. 6m 52s
    1. Working with textures
      6m 52s
  3. 30m 19s
    1. Creating a rocklike texture with Clouds
      6m 17s
    2. Improving a flat sky with Difference Clouds
      3m 43s
    3. Creating a grunge effect with Fibers
      11m 30s
    4. Applying a texture channel with Lighting Effects
      4m 22s
    5. Adding an effect and blending with Lens Flare
      4m 27s
  4. 15m 20s
    1. Applying textures with Texturizer
      6m 8s
    2. Applying realistic cracks with Craquelure
      5m 11s
    3. Preparing an image for a stained glass effect
      4m 1s
  5. 30m 48s
    1. Adding noise to an overlay layer
      1m 33s
    2. Adding film grain
      6m 5s
    3. Painting with grain
      4m 10s
    4. Adding grain to a Camera Raw image
      2m 21s
    5. Matching grain when cloning
      5m 32s
    6. Accentuating texture with Speckle grain
      3m 4s
    7. Creating a split-toning effect with Stippled grain
      4m 20s
    8. Beyond the Mezzotint filter
      3m 43s
  6. 18m 5s
    1. Creating deckled edges and sepia tone
      8m 6s
    2. Adding water stains
      5m 41s
    3. Adding cracks
      4m 18s
  7. 38m 16s
    1. Blending textures with Soft Light
      4m 15s
    2. Blending textures with Hard Light
      54s
    3. Blending groups
      3m 59s
    4. Blending textures with layer masks
      3m 49s
    5. Creating an antique poster
      5m 59s
    6. Blending mode sandwich
      4m 34s
    7. Blending texture from a pattern fill
      4m 9s
    8. Applying texture to an uneven surface
      10m 37s
  8. 42m 43s
    1. Creating a watercolor effect
      5m 30s
    2. Painting on canvas
      9m 57s
    3. Creating a rubber stamp
      8m 42s
    4. Converting a photograph to a drawing with Find Edges
      2m 58s
    5. Combining a black-and-white halftone with color images
      5m 6s
    6. Creating a textured duotone effect with Conté Crayon
      2m 33s
    7. Creating an abstract image with Mosaic
      6m 2s
    8. Creating a reticulation effect
      1m 55s
  9. 59m 11s
    1. Finding and installing brushes
      2m 19s
    2. Creating a shatter effect
      3m 58s
    3. Creating a smoke brush
      3m 50s
    4. Combining Photoshop with Illustrator to create a sample brush
      9m 56s
    5. Creating coffee rings
      4m 13s
    6. Creating a Bokeh texture
      9m 50s
    7. Creating corner brushes
      4m 24s
    8. Sampling a brush stroke
      3m 3s
    9. Creating a rust jewel brush
      5m 43s
    10. Building density with brush settings
      6m 45s
    11. Painting with the Mixer Brush
      5m 10s
  10. 17m 30s
    1. Adding texture to type using clipping masks
      2m 25s
    2. Applying texture to type with layer effects
      2m 53s
    3. Applying texture to type using a layer mask
      5m 33s
    4. Painting with a texture brush
      4m 31s
    5. Blending type into background texture
      2m 8s
  11. 17m 55s
    1. Using the texture actions set
      3m 12s
    2. Editing an action
      3m 18s
    3. Creating your own texture action
      5m 14s
    4. Finding, downloading, and installing actions
      3m 2s
    5. Applying texture styles
      3m 9s
  12. 20s
    1. Goodbye
      20s

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