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Using the texture actions set

From: Photoshop for Designers: Textures

Video: Using the texture actions set

In this chapter we're going to see how we can automate the creation of textures primarily using actions and action is a recorded sequence of steps that you can playback on any image or batch of images. When it comes to replicating repetitive task, actions can be massively timesaving. We can interact with actions in several different ways, we can use the predefined actions that come with Photoshop, we can edit those actions, we can create our own actions, or we can download actions that other people have created from sites like Adobe Exchange.

Using the texture actions set

In this chapter we're going to see how we can automate the creation of textures primarily using actions and action is a recorded sequence of steps that you can playback on any image or batch of images. When it comes to replicating repetitive task, actions can be massively timesaving. We can interact with actions in several different ways, we can use the predefined actions that come with Photoshop, we can edit those actions, we can create our own actions, or we can download actions that other people have created from sites like Adobe Exchange.

We'll be doing all of those but let's begin with using some of the actions that come with Photoshop. So I'm going to come to my Window menu and open my Actions panel and expand it. Now I have one action set before actions and this are all worth exploring, but in the context of textures what we want are these. So we have some textures preset actions, but we have to first load them and these are those actions and I'm going to begin by working with the black granite.

These actions need something on your canvas to work with even if that something is as it is in my case just solid white, I'll select the action and click the Play button at the bottom of the Actions panel and that is our results and if I expand the action you can see these rules steps that the action took to get this result and many of these things were now look familiar. We have things like clouds, fine edges, reticulation, blurring, etc., as a result.

I'm now going to run another one and I'm now even going to clear my canvas, because the next action will creates a new layer we have that be Rosewood number 1, play it. Now here is an example where there is a stop inserted in the action where it's suggesting the settings that you should use. Of course you can use any settings you like, but to get the effect as intended you should use these, but there is the option to customize the action at this point.

So you have to remember what these are Canvas 130, 11, Light Direction=Top, click Continue takes me to the Filter, Texture is Canvas, Scale 130, Relief 11, Light Direction Top and there is a rosewood texture and if take a look at the layers panel, you can see it's created that on a separate layer, we'll have to look at one more and the one more I'm going to look at and that will be Rippled Oil right here and that's what it's look like.

Expanded these are the steps that it took to get to this. In the next movie we'll see how we can adapt these actions to personalize into our needs.

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Photoshop for Designers: Textures

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Nigel French
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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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