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Saving and loading actions

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Oh my goodness. What kind of father am I to take my children to the horrifying water park of terror? Actually we had a great time. They are just acting, just so as you know, in case you are completely convince by their amazing performances. Now in this exercise, we are going to see how we take that wonderful action that we created and we saved it, whether our intention is to take it over to a different version of Photoshop, or take it to a different machine, or share it with a friend, or disseminated online or just back it up. If we were you crash right now, we would lose that action. That's what so horrifying about this scenario here. It just saved as a preference right now. So it's very important that once you get an action, you go ahead and save it.

Saving and loading actions

Oh my goodness. What kind of father am I to take my children to the horrifying water park of terror? Actually we had a great time. They are just acting, just so as you know, in case you are completely convince by their amazing performances. Now in this exercise, we are going to see how we take that wonderful action that we created and we saved it, whether our intention is to take it over to a different version of Photoshop, or take it to a different machine, or share it with a friend, or disseminated online or just back it up. If we were you crash right now, we would lose that action. That's what so horrifying about this scenario here. It just saved as a preference right now. So it's very important that once you get an action, you go ahead and save it.

All right, and here is how. Let's go ahead and bring up the Actions palette and I have got this Rotate & scale action, right here. That's right ready to go. And by the way, let's say that I don't want to be seeing the contents of all of my steps. I can twirl each one of them closed manually, right like so, or I can twirl them all closed automatically. So notice if you click on the triangle for the action itself here, you will go ahead and twirl it closed, and then if you click again you will twirl it open and it remember that all the steps were open.

However, if you Alt-click or Option- click on this triangle, then you are going to expand everything or collapse everything. So for example, I'll go ahead and Alt-click on the triangle right now or Option-click to collapse everything and now I'll release Alt or Option and click again and all of my steps are collapsed. Compare that to, if I have to collapse the Action once again, and then Alt-click or Option-click to expand it, then I'm expanding all of the steps as well. So just something to note. All right, so anyway, my Action though is selected. I'll go to the Actions palette fly-out menu and then I'll drop down here and lo and behold one of the very, very few commands that is dimmed is Save Actions. Just Insert Path because I don't have a path in this file and then Save Actions. So it's my only dim commands. What gives, why first of all can I not save my action and secondly why am I being tempted with this dimmed command as if to say, "ha, ha, ha, you can't do it" and the reason is this. You can't save individual actions; you just save action sets.

So that's why it was so important to go ahead and create a set in the first place and not throw your new action into the default Actions folder. You don't want to do that. Because then you would be saving all of Adobe's default actions along with yours and that get pretty confusing I would think. So my recommendation is to create a new set as we did. Record your first action, make sure it works, troubleshoot it, try it out. Do whatever you need to do to make sure that is a functioning action and then click on the set. First thing, even though a set can contain hundreds or thousands of actions, this one just contains one. That's fine. We can always update it later.

Go ahead and save your work as soon as you can. So I'll go ahead and click on My actions, that folder right there, and then I'll go back to the Actions palette fly -out menu and sure enough Save Actions is available to me. So I'll go ahead and choose the Save Actions command. Now by default, Photoshop is going to take you into this Actions folder that's buried several folders deep in the System structure, I don't recommend you save your actions there because it's difficult to find those actions later. Instead, what I recommend you do is you save them wherever it is that you want that's going to work out for you, so you know where it is and then you could copy them off, give them to somebody else, back them up, do whatever you want to do.

I am going to go ahead and save my actions set to the 30_actions folder and I'll click Save and now in order to load it on to a different machine, you would go over to the Actions palette fly -out menu once again, you would choose Load Actions and then you would go ahead and click on My actions and Load it on up. Now these actions should be cross platform compatible. They should also be compatible between different versions of Photoshop unless of course you are using some new-fangled feature that isn't available on previous version of the program. Then that step is going to fail, but otherwise the actions themselves will work. So you can definitely take your Photoshop CS Actions and load them up in CS2 and then take your CS2 Actions and load them up in Photoshop CS3 and so on and so on.

You may have to make minor tweaks because things don't always work exactly the same between different versions of the program but you can load them up and then play them and see how they work. Anyway you can see in my case that we can have duplicate actions, if we want. I don't want that, so I'm going to go ahead and click on my Trash Can icon right there. It will ask me if I want to delete the selection. If I don't want to see that warning of course, then Alt-click or Option-click, right. So you go down to the Trash can and Alt-click or Option-click on it and then that set goes away. All right so, very groovy so far. We have managed to save out our actions.

We are safe despite the horrified appearance of my children. But in the next exercise, I want to show you how to tweak an action so that you can change your mind as you are playing an action on the fly.

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Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Mastery

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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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