Once you have created some actions, it is a good idea to save them. When you make an action, the action is temporarily stored in RAM. How do you save an action? How do you go about sharing a saved action? In this video, Richard Harrington demonstrates how to save and share actions created in Adobe Photoshop.
- Once you've created some actions it's a good idea to save them. This is because the actions that you've made are only temporarily stored in RAM. You actually need to choose to save the set to something a little bit more permanent so you can reload it, or swap it out. This is no different than things like custom brushes, or textures, or patterns. Photoshop will store the last created ones in RAM temporarily, but if you load another set, it'll blow it away. Alright, let's make some saves here. I'll go back to list view by unchecking button mode, and what I can do is easily combine things together.
So if I want to store something here, I can do that. Maybe I want to move my stylized blur into this set. Well I could just drag it up, and there it is, and there's the age blur. So I can move those into a new set. When you want to save a set, just click on the folder there so the whole name is selected, and from the pop up list you'll see the ability to save. Just choose save actions.
Now, you'll have to choose where you store things. From the pop up list, you can find recently used locations, or you can navigate and store them in a place. Personally, I suggest you go to your Creative Clouds folder. Make a new folder here. And call it Custom Actions. And click open.
Now, you can save that there, and it will become backed up to the cloud. The benefit of putting this in your Creative Cloud folder is it's stored both locally and backed up to the cloud. So in the future, if this set wasn't loaded, I could just choose to load actions, and quickly navigate to my Creative Cloud folder. Go to my custom actions folder and load it in, and you see it becomes available, making it much easier to load your actions.
This is very useful, as it allows you to keep the action safe. Additionally, if you navigate to your Creative Cloud folder, it's easy to share. You can find this in your task bar, or in the start menu or dock. In doing so, just navigate to assets and files. This allows you to open the folder directly, and for example, you can select your custom actions folder, and from the fly out choose to collaborate on this folder.
This would allow me, for example, to share the whole folder with someone. I could choose to invite people to collaborate, and you see that they are added. They can get the ability to edit, or simply view the content. This will allow them to view and comment, but edit will allow them to actually add to the folder, or pull things down. Additionally, I can go into an individual file, and choose to share this.
For example, I could send a link so someone could download just this file, or even launch an application like Slack and collaborate with other people on my team, and quickly share the file. You see this makes it very easy to take the actions and give them to others, allowing people to get just the file as a download, or via Slack sharing, or to make extra copies for myself, or archive this for more permanent storage. Taking the time to save your actions, as well as back those up to the cloud, will make it that much easier.
This way you can easily move them between systems, or if you have to do a clean install of a software, or an upgrade, you don't run the risk of losing some of your hard work. Plus, with the ability to collaborate attached to your Creative Cloud folder, this makes it easy to share with others.
- Saving images in different file formats
- Creating actions
- Recording actions
- Batch processing
- Creating droplets
- Working with variables
- Scripting in Photoshop