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Create Sharable Actions

Ben Willmore

Adobe Photoshop: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

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113. Create Sharable Actions


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2 Bridge vs. Lightroom Duration:06:39
3 Tour of Photoshop Interface Duration:18:21
4 Overview of Bridge Workspace Duration:07:42
9 Developing Raw Images Duration:30:33
11 How to Save Images Duration:03:37
12 Using the Transform Tool Duration:04:48
14 Selection Tools Duration:05:55
15 Combining Selection Tools Duration:07:37
17 Quick Mask Mode Duration:05:07
18 Select Menu Essentials Duration:21:28
20 Align Active Layers Duration:07:29
21 Creating a New Layer Duration:06:15
22 Creating a Clipping Mask Duration:03:02
23 Using Effects on Layers Duration:11:24
24 Using Adjustment Layers Duration:16:44
25 Using the Shape Tool Duration:04:39
30 Adding Texture to Images Duration:09:11
35 Understanding Curves Duration:06:18
36 Editing an Image Using Curves Duration:18:41
39 Editing with Blending Modes Duration:08:04
40 Color Theory Duration:05:59
41 Curves for Color Duration:16:52
42 Hue and Saturation Adjustments Duration:08:59
44 Match Colors Using Numbers Duration:16:59
45 Adjusting Skin Tones Duration:05:25
52 Clone Between Documents Duration:13:19
53 Crop Tool Duration:10:07
54 Frame Tool Duration:02:59
56 Paint Brush Tools Duration:13:33
57 History Brush Tool Duration:06:27
58 Eraser and Gradient Tools Duration:03:06
60 Blur and Shape Tools Duration:11:06
61 Dissolve Mode Duration:09:24
62 Multiply Mode Duration:15:29
63 Screen Mode Duration:14:08
64 Hard Light Mode Duration:14:54
66 Smart Filters Duration:11:32
67 High Pass Filter Duration:13:40
68 Blur Filter Duration:05:59
69 Filter Gallery Duration:07:42
70 Adaptive Wide Angle Filter Duration:04:43
71 Combing Filters and Features Duration:04:45
72 Select and Mask Duration:20:04
73 Manually Select and Mask Duration:08:08
74 Creating a Clean Background Duration:21:19
75 Changing the Background Duration:13:34
76 Smart Object Overview Duration:08:37
77 Nested Smart Objects Duration:09:55
78 Scale and Warp Smart Objects Duration:09:08
79 Replace Contents Duration:06:55
80 Raw Smart Objects Duration:10:20
83 Panoramas Duration:13:15
84 HDR Duration:11:20
85 Focus Stacking Duration:04:02
86 Time-lapse Duration:11:18
87 Light Painting Composite Duration:08:05
88 Remove Moire Patterns Duration:06:11
89 Remove Similar Objects At Once Duration:09:52
91 Replace a Repeating Pattern Duration:06:50
95 Warping Duration:11:03
96 Liquify Duration:14:02
97 Puppet Warp Duration:12:52
98 Displacement Map Duration:10:36
99 Polar Coordinates Duration:07:19
100 Organize Your Layers Duration:11:02
101 Layer Styles: Bevel and Emboss Duration:02:59
102 Layer Style: Knockout Deep Duration:12:34
103 Blending Options: Blend if Duration:13:18
105 Layer Comps Duration:08:30
106 Black-Only Shadows Duration:06:07
109 Create an Antique Color Action Duration:13:52
110 Create a Contour Map Action Duration:10:20
111 Faux Sunset Action Duration:07:20
112 Photo Credit Action Duration:05:54
113 Create Sharable Actions Duration:07:31
117 Scratch Disk Is Full Duration:06:02
118 Preview Thumbnail Duration:02:10

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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