Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Tips for creating better actions, part of Up and Running with Photoshop Automation.
You'll discover when recording actions that they are extremely literal.…If you click on an individual layer, it's going to memorize that layer's name.…This can cause problems as you switch from one document to another.…Maybe your layer's called Background and it's locked.…Or maybe it's called Layer 23 Well, if you recorded the action and started…clicking on the background layer, and when you run that action on New Document,…it can't find the layer called Background? This can cause some problems.…Let's explore a few techniques for making actions a bit more universal.…
Open up the Actions panel there, and I'll make a new set.…Called action practice.…Click OK, and I'll make a new action here, and…click record. As I work it's important to take advantage…on certain commands. So, for example, I can insert a…stop here, and say Select the background layer…and click continue, here we go, and so now…it will play back a message for the user…to make sure that the background layer is active.…
I am now going to keep working and convert this to a smart object.…
This course was created and produced by Rich Harrington. We are honored to host these tutorials in the lynda.com library.
- Loading actions
- Creating a custom action
- Assigning keyboard shortcuts to actions
- Creating a droplet for an action
- Performing quick lens corrections
- Automating merging to HDR Pro
- Creating event-based scripts
- Working with layers more efficiently with actions
Skill Level Intermediate
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1. Understanding Actions
2. Automate Commands
3. Using Scripts
4. Saving Time with Adobe Bridge
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