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In this course, author Nigel French shows how to use textures to create visual interest, heighten realism, and add dimension to Photoshop artwork. The course demonstrates how to apply multiple filters and paint in effects with layer masks, combine textures with images using layer blending modes, use brushes to paint in and accentuate texture, and create brush presets by sampling textures from photographs. The course also shows how to automate the application of textures with actions.
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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