Double clicking on a single command in the Actions panel will play the command if there are no options associated with the command (Select> All or Edit > Copy for example). If, however there are options associated with the command (such as Image Size), Photoshop will display the necessary dialog box. This is an excellent feature if you want to make changes to that command – but beware, whatever you enter in the dialog box will now become the recorded value in the action). To bypass this option, and simply play a command using it’s recorded options, (without a dialog box appearing), add the Command (Mac) / Control (Win) key when double clicking the name of the command.
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Yesterday I was asked if I had any comprehensive courses on Automating Photoshop. I recorded a video a number of years ago, and I’m surprised at how well it’s held up. Click here to watch a short (relative!) course on Automating Photoshop using Actions. You’ll see some additional features in your current version of Photoshop (such as conditional actions), but the concepts remain the same for creating and editing actions in Photoshop.
You can assign a function key to run an action when creating an action, or assign one after the fact by double clicking to the right of the action’s name or using the Actions panel’s fly-out and selecting Action Options.
Choose a function key from the list (the number of F-keys will vary depending on platform and keyboard layout) or add a keyboard modifier such as Shift. If you assign a F-key that is already in use by Photoshop (F5 for example, is assigned by default to show and hide the Brush panel), Photoshop will reassign it to your action. Note: different operating systems assign F-keys for certain tasks. To use those F-keys in Photoshop, they must be changed or removed in the operating system).
In addition, use the Action Options to color code actions, making them easily identifiable when viewed in Button Mode.
Learn how to use Photoshop Actions to create Droplets that can be used in Lightroom to batch process images after exporting files.
Note: Although this video was recorded in previous versions of Lightroom and Photoshop, the technique will still work today and, in fact, you could create conditional actions and process both vertical and horizontal files at one time! Click here to find out more about conditional actions in Photoshop.
If you’re using Actions in Photoshop, you will want to know these helpful hints to successfully create actions to automate tasks in Photoshop.
Are you ready to work better, faster, and more efficiently in Photoshop? Then join me for a free course on Automating Your Workflow in Photoshop to learn everything you need to know to use Photoshop to its fullest potential. More details here.
Conditional Actions in Photoshop enable ‘if then’ statements for additional flexibility when using Actions. This video will show you how.
Here is a list of the available conditional attributes:
Document is Landscape
Document is Square
Document Mode is RGB
Document Mode is CMYK
Document Mode is Grayscale
Document Profile is sRGB
Document Depth is 8 Bits per Pixel
Document Depth is 16 Bits per Pixel
Document Depth is 32 Bits per Pixel
Document has unsaved Changes
Document has a Selection
Document has Layers
Document has Alpha Channels
Document is Open
Layer is Background
Layer is Pixel layer
Layer in Adjustment Layer
Layer is Shape Layer
Layer is Layer Group
Layer is Locked
Layer is Visible
Layer has pixel mask
Layer has Vector Mask
Layer has Effects
In order to save out one or more Actions in Photoshop, you must have a Set selected. For example, if you select a single action, the Save command will be grayed out, but selecting the set (even if it only contains one action) will allow you to choose Save Actions from the flyout menu on the Actions panel.
Join me today, Friday February 28th, from 2:45 pm – 4:15 pm on creativeLIVE for 90 minutes of “Automating Photoshop Using Actions, Droplets, and Variables” during Photoshop Week. The best news is that the courses are free during the live broadcast! And, if you’re in a different time zone, the sessions will be rebroadcast. See the complete schedule and RSVP here.
Video Tutorial – Julieanne’s Top 5 Features for Photographers in Photoshop 13.1 Exclusively for Creative Cloud Members
In this Episode of the Complete Picture, Julieanne will demonstrate her top 5 favorite features in Photoshop 13.1 including refinements to the Crop Tool, nondestructive editing with Blur Gallery and Liquify, increased efficiency with Conditional Actions, practical default Type Styles and support for Retina displays on Macintosh.
Although there isn’t a batch operation for adding motion to multiple clips at once, you CAN record the addition of motion to a clip – as an action, then select a layer and play the action. If you add a shortcut to the action it speeds it up considerably.
Photoshop CS6 allows for the recording of tools such as the brush tool . This allows you to create artwork while recording an action and then play it back at a later time, perhaps at a higher resolution. To invoke this feature, from the Actions panel flyout, select “Allow Tool Recording”.
Two helpful hints from Mike Shaw:
• When recording be sure to chose your brush as part of the action or Photoshop will use the currently selected brush.
• If you are recording the action to play back at a different size, set the units of measurement in Photoshop to percentage and don’t define the brush size as part of a brush preset.
If you need to create a flattened copy of your layers to use in an action (while leaving the underlying layers intact), while recording the action:
1) Create a new, blank layer at the top of the layer stack.
2) Use the shortcut Command + Option (Mac) / Control + Alt (Win) + Shift + E to “flatten” a copy of the layers onto the empty layer (that you just created at the top of the layer stack).
3) Although you will see “Merge Visible” as the recorded step in the action, you will also see the disclosure triangle to the left of the Merge Visible command. Click the triangle to reveal that using the shortcut to “Merge Visible” is different from using the menu item to “Merge Visible” as the shortcut merges the visible layers on the new layer that you created in step 1 (as opposed to merging the visible layers into a single flattened layer).
For those who just want to know the short story – in Photoshop CS5 you can record an action that specifies every selection available in the Print Window and the Driver (paper size, paper type, color management mode, printer marks).
For those who want the longer version – in order to do this, we had to change the workflow a bit:
On Mac, in previous versions, you would set up your print in the Photoshop print window, click print, and then go to the OS print window to set the driver settings. We moved the OS print dialog into the Photoshop Print window, under the Printer Settings button. (The reason for this is so that we can capture all the info and put it in an action or a script.) On the first time printing in CS5, if you do not enter the Printer Settings dialog (the OS/Driver dialog), the OS dialog will appear after hitting print (just like CS4). It does this because there are no pre-existing settings. After that, this OS dialog will not appear automatically, and Photoshop will use whatever settings were last entered. Opening the Printer Settings in the print window will allow you to adjust those settings, just as before, but the order is different so this might be confusing.
On Windows, Photoshop has always had the OS/Driver dialog available from the Photoshop print window so it’s not as different, but we have removed the OS window you would have had after clicking print. Again, this was done so that Photoshop has all the print info (contained in Photoshop) so that you can record actions and scripts.
Another change that was made, is that upon selecting a printer, the default profile for the printer is selected and all of the profiles associated with that printer are filtered to the top of the list. Seems like a slam dunk, but unfortunately not all printers have logical defaults and unless you happen to be printing to the default paper, Photoshop will most likely be picking the wrong default profile. If you are a user of custom profiles, those profiles will very likely not be associated with the printer, so unfortunately Photoshop can not choose the correct profile automatically in that situation either. It does however, at least encourage the selection of a printer profile (not AdobeRGB) to new users.
Thank you Tom Attix for this information!
In this episode of The Complete Picture, I will focus on little known features and helpful hints for creating actions to successfully automate tasks in Photoshop.