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Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 113 of 118

Create Sharable Actions


Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 113 of 118

Create Sharable Actions


Lesson Info

Create Sharable Actions

Now let's look at how we can enhance actions to make them more user friendly, especially if you're gonna share them with other people. In one of the other lessons that is part of the complete guide. We had one called advanced retouching in. In that lesson, I used in action that comes with that lesson that was called Frequency Separation. And I have that action here, and you can see all the steps that contained within. The problem is not everybody is going to be using an action within a few days of creating it. It might be a year before you end up deciding you need to use an action again. And so if I happen to have that action that came with the advanced retouching lesson when you played it, it did something in Gazi and Blur came up. And if you start applying this action a year after you acquired it, you might not remember what he is supposed to do when Ghazi Ambler comes up in. So let's figure out how we could put instructions into her action to tell the user of the action what they sh...

ould be doing. So here I'm gonna click cancel. I'm gonna revert our image back. So it's like the original in Let's see, we can modify this action to add instructions. We were right at this step of Gazi and Blur. I want to put in what's called a stop directly before that. If I want to put it in before that, I need to click on the step above, because any time you record a new step in your action, it's always added directly about blow the step you are working on now I want to go to the side menu and there is a choice called Insert Stop in Start Stop means in certain message that's going to stop the action in prompt the user in some way. So if I choose insert stop, I can type a message. I can say, Uh, when you continue this action for out, I'll say it this way Anyway. I'm telling them in this particular action what you're supposed to do. He's blur the image until just the fine detail goes away. But you can still recognize objects, and so I somewhat worded that. Then, at the bottom, there is an allow continue button that if you turn that on when this message appears, there will be a choice of continuing. And if they were to hit it, the action will just continue on. If you don't turn on, allow, continue. What it means is what you're requesting is something they need to do. That might be a multi step action. It might be telling them, Go open a picture of a texture You like war type in your name or something else that I couldn't just let the action continue. So I'm gonna turn on allow, continue click OK, And now if you look in my action, you'll find there's a new step. It's called Stop, and if you expand it, it just have the text that's in there and let's see what happens now. When I play this action, click on the name of the action. I'm gonna end up clicking the play button, and now it tells me the exact text that I typed in Gazi Ambler shows up. Adjust the amount until the ships a fine instead of file. All right, then I'm gonna click OK or click Continue, I should say, and then Ghazi and blur shows up. And now I have an idea of what I'm supposed to do. There's the fine detail. Fine detail is gone right about there. Click OK, and now it's done what it's needed to now. I had a typo in there. How do we fix a typo? Why fine which step it's in? Send that step called Stop expanded and right there is a tax. Just double click on this. It will bring open the step that you had the and I can change the text look OK and we can modify. Then there's one other thing you might want to end up doing in your actions. Let's say you have an action that ends up adding space to your document. And whenever you're done applying that action, what you wish it would do would be zoom out so you could fit the image in the window that you're currently looking at. Well, when you're recording in action, there's a whole bunch of commands that are completely ignored when you record in action, and that is any step that does not have the potential of changing the contents of your picture and changing your view like the zoom in zoom out kind of you would end up not changing the true contents of the file that's there, and therefore it's just ignored. If you end up, watch a record a brand new action and I'll call it zoom to fit. And if I end up going to the view menu insane, I want to view it at 200% view. And then I come out here and say, Let's zoom in further look in my actions panel and notice it's not recording anything at all. Or if I use keyboard shortcuts like Command zero to zoom out. Not recorded all because that doesn't change the contents of the file and therefore the actions panel ignores it. So how can you have it? Apply those things even though they're usually ignored? Here's how you can do it if you go to the side menu. The actions panel There is a choice called insert menu item, and if I choose insert menu item, then a little screen comes up and it's just waiting for me to choose something from one of the men use. If I go to the window, our view menus and I choose fit on screen now, it just wrote down the name of whatever I chose from a menu. I click OK, and now that's a step in my action. An instance of when you might want to do that is, let's say that one of the steps in your action, uh, sharpens and image well in order to see sharpening, you shouldn't be zoomed out in your picture. You really should be viewing it 100% view to actually see the effect of that sharpening. So why not have a step in your action that inserts a menu item? And it just has you go to the View menu in Choose 100% view. That means you're seeing all the detail in the image. Then, after it goes beyond the step that sharpens your picture, if it's asking you for settings for the sharpening, that is. Then afterwards, again insert menu item in, Tell it to fit on screen at the end of the action so it doesn't end up being zoomed in all the way on your image. So actions take a while to get used to, and there's a lot of trouble shooting involved. But I find it's really worth it for anything that's either repetitive, extremely complex or something where you just not gonna remember the steps? Then see if it's something you might be able to record as an action.

Class Description

All individual classes that make up this bootcamp are also available here for individual purchase.


  • Develop an understanding of how Photoshop works
  • Create your ideal workspace
  • Configure the essential preference settings
  • Set up Adobe Bridge and Lightroom for optimal integration with Photoshop
  • Navigate multiple images seamlessly


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Adobe Photoshop 2020 (V21)


  1. Introduction To Adobe Photoshop 2020
  2. Bridge vs. Lightroom
  3. Tour of Photoshop Interface
  4. Overview of Bridge Workspace
  5. Overview of Lightroom Workspace
  6. Lightroom Preferences - Saving Documents
  7. How To Use Camera Raw in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  8. Overview of Basic Adjustment Sliders
  9. Developing Raw Images
  10. Editing with the Effects and HLS Tabs
  11. How to Save Images
  12. Using the Transform Tool
  13. Making Selections in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  14. Selection Tools
  15. Combining Selection Tools
  16. Using Automated Selection Tools
  17. Quick Mask Mode
  18. Select Menu Essentials
  19. Using Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  20. Align Active Layers
  21. Creating a New Layer
  22. Creating a Clipping Mask
  23. Using Effects on Layers
  24. Using Adjustment Layers
  25. Using the Shape Tool
  26. Create a Layer Mask Using the Selection Tool
  27. Masking Multiple Images Together
  28. Using Layer Masks to Remove People
  29. Using Layer Masks to Replace Sky
  30. Adding Texture to Images
  31. Layering to Create Realistic Depth
  32. Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  33. Optimizing Grayscale with Levels
  34. Adjusting Levels with a Histogram
  35. Understanding Curves
  36. Editing an Image Using Curves
  37. Editing with Shadows/Highlights Adjustment
  38. Dodge and Burn Using Quick Mask Mode
  39. Editing with Blending Modes
  40. Color Theory
  41. Curves for Color
  42. Hue and Saturation Adjustments
  43. Isolating Colors Using Hue/Saturation Adjustment
  44. Match Colors Using Numbers
  45. Adjusting Skin Tones
  46. Retouching Essentials In Adobe Camera Raw
  47. Retouching with the Spot Healing Brush
  48. Retouching with the Clone Stamp
  49. Retouching with the Healing Brush
  50. Retouching Using Multiple Retouching Tools
  51. Extending an Edge with Content Aware
  52. Clone Between Documents
  53. Crop Tool
  54. Frame Tool
  55. Eye Dropper and Color Sampler Tools
  56. Paint Brush Tools
  57. History Brush Tool
  58. Eraser and Gradient Tools
  59. Brush Flow and Opacity Settings
  60. Blur and Shape Tools
  61. Dissolve Mode
  62. Multiply Mode
  63. Screen Mode
  64. Hard Light Mode
  65. Hue, Saturation, and Color Modes
  66. Smart Filters
  67. High Pass Filter
  68. Blur Filter
  69. Filter Gallery
  70. Adaptive Wide Angle Filter
  71. Combing Filters and Features
  72. Select and Mask
  73. Manually Select and Mask
  74. Creating a Clean Background
  75. Changing the Background
  76. Smart Object Overview
  77. Nested Smart Objects
  78. Scale and Warp Smart Objects
  79. Replace Contents
  80. Raw Smart Objects
  81. Multiple Instances of a Smart Object
  82. Creating a Mockup Using Smart Objects
  83. Panoramas
  84. HDR
  85. Focus Stacking
  86. Time-lapse
  87. Light Painting Composite
  88. Remove Moire Patterns
  89. Remove Similar Objects At Once
  90. Remove Objects Across an Entire Image
  91. Replace a Repeating Pattern
  92. Clone from Multiple Areas Using the Clone Source Panel
  93. Remove an Object with a Complex Background
  94. Frequency Separation to Remove Staining and Blemishes
  95. Warping
  96. Liquify
  97. Puppet Warp
  98. Displacement Map
  99. Polar Coordinates
  100. Organize Your Layers
  101. Layer Styles: Bevel and Emboss
  102. Layer Style: Knockout Deep
  103. Blending Options: Blend if
  104. Blending Options: Colorize Black and White Image
  105. Layer Comps
  106. Black-Only Shadows
  107. Create a Content Aware Fill Action
  108. Create a Desaturate Edges Action
  109. Create an Antique Color Action
  110. Create a Contour Map Action
  111. Faux Sunset Action
  112. Photo Credit Action
  113. Create Sharable Actions
  114. Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 1
  115. Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 2
  116. Image Compatibility with Lightroom
  117. Scratch Disk Is Full
  118. Preview Thumbnail



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