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Playing an action (the Button Mode)

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All right in this exercise we are going to be talking about how to play back an action. A fairly straightforward concept but you want to play back the action with the intention of making sure that it works on a different image, because a lot of your actions are going to go wrong and you don't want just be mired in frustration. We have seen the action that we have recorded so far which is called Rotate & scale here in the Actions palette, played back on that image that we used to recorded in the first place and it worked up beautifully, which is great. So that's test number 1. Test number 2 is to try out a totally different image, like this one right here. This one is called The horrors of Max. So we had The terrors of Sammy, now we have got The horrors of Max.jpg and once one brother does something and it's successful and they get some laughs, of course the other brother wants to join on in.

Playing an action (the Button Mode)

All right in this exercise we are going to be talking about how to play back an action. A fairly straightforward concept but you want to play back the action with the intention of making sure that it works on a different image, because a lot of your actions are going to go wrong and you don't want just be mired in frustration. We have seen the action that we have recorded so far which is called Rotate & scale here in the Actions palette, played back on that image that we used to recorded in the first place and it worked up beautifully, which is great. So that's test number 1. Test number 2 is to try out a totally different image, like this one right here. This one is called The horrors of Max. So we had The terrors of Sammy, now we have got The horrors of Max.jpg and once one brother does something and it's successful and they get some laughs, of course the other brother wants to join on in.

So it's more scariness at the water park. So let's go ahead and grab that Rotate & scale action and you can either click the Play button here at the bottom of the palette or you can just go ahead and Ctrl+Double-click on that action. That's a Command+Double-click on the Mac and you can actually see those steps play back right there inside of the Actions palette. Everything played back beautifully and successfully and wonderfully. So the image looks great, just the way that I want it. Now I can print it out. But I also want to show you a different way to play back actions. There is this special playback mode that's available to you inside the Actions palette.

So I'm going to go ahead and press the F12 key to revert the image once again and then go to the Actions palette, go to the palette fly-out menu here and you will notice this very first command Button Mode. That will switch you over to the Button Mode and you will see every action that's currently loaded represented as a button. Now if you assigned a color to the action, then you will see a colored button and all of the actions that ship along with Photoshop have colors associated with them. I did not associate a color with mine so my new action here, even though it's much more useful than any of these, does not have any color. It's just drab gray.

But now all I need to do is click on that button and it plays back the action. Now the nifty thing about this is that you can create a series of actions and then share them with friends or family members, or business associates, you know people who work for you for example and they don't have to know the first thing about what they are doing. They just have to be able to click a button in order to playback your action and the beauty of this is you can instruct folks that you work with who aren't Photoshop users to be able to play these actions back, so that they can take care of some of their own problems without your help all the time, of course. And if you don't teach them how to get out of the Button Mode, they can't mess up your actions. So that's a beautiful thing.

Now if you then having set things up, need to tweak an action, all you do is you go back to the menu and you turn off the Button Mode to switch out of the mode and then of course, back into the Button Mode. So it's a beautiful thing. So I want you to know that that's there and you can make your own life a heck of a lot easier by handing off actions to other people. Now how do I save my actions, so that I can port them over to a different version of Photoshop or so that I can trade them between my Mac and my PC or trade them with other people? And I'll answer that very question in the next exercise.

Before we get to that, I'm going to show you a goofy minute-long excerpt from one of my dekePods. DekePod being my biweekly video series that I do. It's free. And want it does, this little excerpt I'm about to show you, it stresses the importance of being careful as you are recording your actions and then playing those actions back and testing to make sure that they work. Now little bit of warning before I show this thing to you. I do sing. So there is that dangerous part there. Anyway here it is. (Music playing.) Start with a complex technique that you want to do a lot.

Bring up the Actions palette, record that technique on the spot, Give it care and give it thought. The t's you cross, the i's you dot. Give it everything you got. Now revert your image, and play the action back.

Troubleshoot, make sure it works. Test that your action is on track. Because if it's not, it ain't worth Jack. (Chorus singing: Ain't worth Jack....) All right so that's the Droplet Song is what it's called by the way. A little excerpt from it. If you want to see the whole thing, go to deke.com/dekepod and you can search for Episode 12.

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Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Mastery

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Deke McClelland
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  1. 21m 17s
    1. Welcome
      1m 21s
    2. Installing the DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      5m 38s
    3. Resetting the Function keys on a Mac
      3m 51s
    4. Installing the CS4 color settings
      4m 34s
    5. Setting up the CS4 color settings
      5m 53s
  2. 2h 31m
    1. Introduction to masking
      51s
    2. Introducing color range
      4m 22s
    3. Adding base colors and adjusting fuzziness
      4m 46s
    4. Localized color clusters
      6m 12s
    5. The Quick Mask mode
      7m 33s
    6. Viewing a quick mask by itself
      6m 40s
    7. Testing the quality of edges
      3m 55s
    8. Introducing the Masks palette
      7m 45s
    9. Editing a layer mask
      6m 18s
    10. Choking a mask with Gaussian Blur and Levels
      6m 44s
    11. Choking a mask with Mask Edge
      7m 43s
    12. Adding a Gradient Overlay shadow
      4m 23s
    13. Using live Density and Feather
      6m 12s
    14. Journeyman masking
      5m 44s
    15. Creating an alpha channel
      7m 6s
    16. Increasing contrast
      7m 15s
    17. Overlay painting
      8m 28s
    18. Cleaning up whites and blacks
      5m 48s
    19. Soft light painting
      5m 47s
    20. Selecting in style
      6m 55s
    21. Employing masks as selections
      5m 2s
    22. Scaling and compositing layers
      6m 30s
    23. Compositing glass
      5m 10s
    24. Selecting glass highlights
      8m 41s
    25. Working with found masks
      5m 46s
  3. 1h 34m
    1. Introduction to vector-based shapes
      1m 10s
    2. Vector-based type outlines
      7m 23s
    3. The benefits of vectors
      6m 27s
    4. Upsampling vs. nondestructive scaling
      7m 35s
    5. Vectors and effects
      8m 7s
    6. Fill Opacity and clipped layers
      4m 24s
    7. Basic shape creation
      3m 15s
    8. Drawing interacting shapes
      6m 21s
    9. Power-duplicating paths
      3m 12s
    10. Combining pixels and vector masks
      5m 19s
    11. Line tool and layer attributes
      7m 5s
    12. Copying and pasting path outlines
      3m 28s
    13. Drawing custom shapes
      3m 59s
    14. Drawing with the Pen tool
      7m 48s
    15. Creating cusp points
      7m 28s
    16. Defining a custom shape
      3m 34s
    17. Assigning a vector mask to an image
      2m 38s
    18. Adding a vector object to a composition
      5m 40s
  4. 1h 23m
    1. Introduction to Vanishing Point
      1m 11s
    2. Creating and saving the first plane
      8m 9s
    3. Creating perpendicular planes
      5m 16s
    4. Healing in perspective
      8m 47s
    5. Cloning and scaling in perspective
      8m 33s
    6. Patching an irregularly shaped area
      6m 59s
    7. Healing between planes
      3m 34s
    8. Importing an image into a 3D scene
      5m 45s
    9. Adding perspective type
      5m 37s
    10. Removing and matching perspective
      5m 36s
    11. Applying a reflection in perspective
      5m 1s
    12. Creating a perspective gradient
      6m 11s
    13. Converting a gradient to a mask
      2m 58s
    14. Swinging planes to custom angles
      4m 32s
    15. Wrapping art around multiple surfaces
      5m 49s
  5. 1h 15m
    1. Introduction to Smart Objects
      58s
    2. Placing a Smart Object
      5m 7s
    3. Saving a PDF-compatible AI file
      4m 27s
    4. Performing nondestructive transformations
      6m 7s
    5. Editing a Smart Object in Illustrator
      6m 50s
    6. Converting an image to a Smart Object
      6m 50s
    7. Cloning Smart Objects
      5m 24s
    8. Creating a multilayer Smart Object
      5m 51s
    9. Updating multiple instances at once
      2m 54s
    10. Creating a Camera Raw Smart Object
      4m 17s
    11. Editing a Camera Raw Smart Object
      3m 25s
    12. Assembling a layered ACR composition
      5m 54s
    13. Using an ACR Smart Object to effect
      3m 41s
    14. Blending multiple ACR portraits
      6m 56s
    15. Live type that inverts everything behind it
      6m 32s
  6. 1h 48m
    1. Introducing nondestructive Smart Filters
      46s
    2. Applying a Smart Filter
      4m 22s
    3. Adjusting filter and blend settings
      4m 25s
    4. Heaping on the Smart Filters
      5m 19s
    5. Smart Filter stacking order
      7m 23s
    6. Resolution and Smart Filter radius
      6m 12s
    7. Masking Smart Filters
      4m 41s
    8. Employing nested Smart Objects
      5m 5s
    9. Dragging and dropping Smart Filters
      6m 31s
    10. Using the Shadows/Highlights filter
      5m 53s
    11. Regaining access to the pixels
      7m 8s
    12. Parametric wonderland
      5m 52s
    13. Working with the Filter Gallery
      6m 28s
    14. Freeform filter jam
      5m 51s
    15. Swapping filters from the Filter Gallery
      3m 45s
    16. Mixing all varieties of parametric effects
      7m 30s
    17. Addressing a few Smart Filter bugs
      3m 11s
    18. Applying a Smart Filter to live type
      5m 30s
    19. Choking letters with Maximum
      3m 7s
    20. Duplicating a Smart Filter
      2m 38s
    21. Enhancing a filter with a layer effect
      6m 30s
  7. 1h 6m
    1. Introduction to Auto-Align, Auto-Blend, and Photomerge
      1m 2s
    2. Merging two shots into one
      3m 49s
    3. Applying Auto-Align layers
      3m 44s
    4. Masking images into a common scene
      1m 38s
    5. Auto-Align plus Auto-Blend
      8m 11s
    6. Assigning weighted Opacity values
      4m 7s
    7. Employing a Difference mask
      7m 17s
    8. Masking smarter, not harder
      3m 53s
    9. Capturing multiple depths of field
      3m 37s
    10. Auto-blending real focus
      8m 31s
    11. Creating a panorama with Photomerge
      7m 27s
    12. Correcting a seamless panorama
      4m 52s
    13. An altogether nondestructive Lab correction
      7m 59s
  8. 1h 44m
    1. Introduction to new CS4 technologies
      1m 1s
    2. Applying Content-Aware Scale
      7m 18s
    3. What works and what doesn't with Content-Aware Scale
      4m 19s
    4. Protecting areas with masks
      7m 31s
    5. Applying incremental edits
      7m 6s
    6. Protecting skin tones
      7m 12s
    7. Scaling around a model with TLC
      9m 0s
    8. Adjusting the scale threshold
      5m 22s
    9. When Content-Aware Scale fails
      4m 2s
    10. Creating a lens distortion effect
      8m 39s
    11. Layer masking the family
      11m 44s
    12. Installing the Pixel Bender
      3m 42s
    13. Introducing Pixel Bender kernels
      6m 50s
    14. Pixel Bender kernel roundup
      7m 24s
    15. Tube View and Ripple Blocks
      3m 58s
    16. Making a seamless pattern with Kaleidoscope
      6m 13s
    17. Introducing the Pixel Bender Toolkit
      3m 24s
  9. 1h 20m
    1. Introduction to actions
      42s
    2. Creating an action
      5m 45s
    3. Recording operations
      5m 12s
    4. Reviewing and editing an action
      4m 45s
    5. Playing an action (the Button Mode)
      4m 50s
    6. Saving and loading actions
      5m 0s
    7. Copying and modifying an action
      4m 8s
    8. Permitting the user to change settings
      5m 50s
    9. The Best Chrome Effect Ever II
      3m 41s
    10. Recording a fail-safe action
      7m 33s
    11. Rounding corners with a mask
      4m 33s
    12. Cleaning up layers
      3m 51s
    13. Automating layer effects
      7m 1s
    14. Applying chrome with Gradient Map
      6m 24s
    15. Action anomalies
      4m 11s
    16. Rendering effects to layers
      5m 1s
    17. Testing that it works
      2m 0s
  10. 1m 14s
    1. See ya
      1m 14s

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