Oct
23

How do I create an action in Photoshop?

by
Hayley Paterek

Learn how to halve your editing time by creating an action in Photoshop

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Editing with actions

Photoshop actions are fantastic for speeding up the image editing process. Once you’ve found your editing style, record it to create an action, which can then be applied to all of your other images. Here’s how…

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Step 1

1. Create a new folder

Open an image in Photoshop and then locate your actions palette on the right-hand side of the screen. At the bottom of the actions palette select ‘create new set’. You can re-name the folder and save all of your own custom actions here. Now click on the new folder and select ‘create a new action’ icon at the bottom.

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Step 2

2. Record the action

One you have named your action and clicked ok it will immediately start to record. You can now begin editing your image. Don’t worry about making mistakes or recording steps you don’t want, you can go back once you’ve finished and remove or re-record them then.

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Step 3

3. Save and apply

Once you have finished editing your image press the ‘stop recording’ icon in the actions palette. Your action will now be saved. You can now open other un-edited images in Photoshop, select the saved action from the menu and press play to apply. You can manually tweak the results if you need to by adjusting the individual layers in the layers palette. Finally remember to flatten and save the image.

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