Adding Stops to Actions

 

Adobe® Photoshop® CC® Bootcamp

 

Lesson Info

Adding Stops to Actions

Now we're going to get into modifying actions on this. And we're going to add stop actions to this, a specific stop action to this. And stop actions can be pretty darn clever. So, right here in between here and here, we're going to put an action here. A stop action. And that stop action is basically gonna stop us and say, "Hey, do you want a group?" And if we say yes or no, if we say no, it won't make a group, it will just stop and give us these dodge and burn layers. If we say continue, then it will give us the group. So, just like you saw in that one when I clicked the dodge and burn, and it pops open, it gives you a bunch of directions on how to use it, I'm going to click right here below "select layer burn." Now, if I go into this action right here, this area right here, this hamburger icon, that's what we call it, it's a technical term for a menu, and press insert stop, I get to type whatever I want. I could say, "Hey, you look great today," so that when a person plays an action, ...

they're like, "Oh! Oh, thanks. I do. I do." But what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna type "Do you want a group for these curves? If yes, press continue." Right here where it says "allow continue," go ahead and make sure that that's checked. And then press okay. So, now let's go ahead and delete these. Go ahead and press play. It's gonna say, "Do you want a group for these? If yes, press continue." So my other option is if no, press stop. If I say stop, no group is made. If I say continue, it continues with the action and makes the group for them. Man, I'm not getting any like "oohs and aahs." It's like, "Ahh! I so love this stuff." Maybe I'm just a nerd. Yeah, that's probably it. So, because it's a stop, you see right here. This is a stop, but this right here that we call a modal dialogue, that modal dialogue is essentially that's the area that is telling Photoshop to stop you. And you can do that with anything. So, let me just go ahead and modify this real quickly. Let's double click in here. And we'll just finish this off and say, "If no," we can't make any assumptions that people would know, "If no, press stop." So now press play. Stop. We don't want a group. There we go. So, it stops there at "make group." It doesn't make the group, it doesn't select your brush, and it doesn't select that burn layer as we had it set up. Because you selected no, or you selected stop. You see how we've done a lot of work. This is actually a lot of work. To make a curves adjustment layer, give it a name, invert its mask, change the curve to a brighter curve, change the curve to a darker curve, and do that for each one of these. If we were to record each one of those steps individually, this actions list would have been down here. But we're trying to do good habits, so any time we make any type of adjustment layer, we're just going to go ahead and stop what we're doing, double click on it, do the edits that we want to it, then continue recording. That's going to set you up for success, especially if you rename that something and then select it later. It'll work on all versions of Photoshop. That's a secret. That's like a trade secret that you now own. I'm telling you, you can make a whole living off of these.

Class Description

Adobe® Photoshop® CC® is a valuable tool for photographers, but it can also be intimidating. In this all-inclusive 20 lesson course, you’ll go from opening the program for the first time to creating images that really stand out. Join Blake Rudis, Photoshop® expert and founder of f64 Academy, as he shows you how to maximize your use of Photoshop®. Topics covered will include:

Week 1
• Class Introduction & Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw, Setup Interface, Cropping and Layers
Week 2
• Layer Tools, Masks, Selections, Clean-Up Tools and Shapes & Text
Week 3
• Smart Objects , Transforming, Actions, Filters and Editing Video
Week 4
• Custom Creative Effects, Natural Retouching, Portrait Workflow, Landscape Workflow, and Composite Workflow

Don’t let the many aspects of Photoshop® prevent you from maximizing your use of this amazing app. Blake will help you develop the confidence to use your imagination and create the images that you will be proud to share with your clients.

Software Used: Adobe® Photoshop® CC® 2018

Lessons

1Bootcamp Introduction
2The Bridge Interface
3Setting up Bridge
4Overview of Bridge
5Practical Application of Bridge
6Introduction to Raw Editing
7Setting up ACR Preferences & Interface
8Global Tools Part 1
9Global Tools Part 2
10Local Tools
11Introduction to the Photoshop Interface
12Toolbars, Menus and Windows
13Setup and Interface
14Adobe Libraries
15Saving Files
16Introduction to Cropping
17Cropping for Composition in ACR
18Cropping for Composition in Photoshop
19Cropping for the Subject in Post
20Cropping for Print
21Perspective Cropping in Photoshop
22Introduction to Layers
23Vector & Raster Layers Basics
24Adjustment Layers in Photoshop
25Organizing and Managing Layers
26Introduction to Layer Tools and Blend Modes
27Screen and Multiply and Overlay
28Soft Light Blend Mode
29Color and Luminosity Blend Modes
30Color Burn and Color Dodge Blend Modes
31Introduction to Layer Styles
32Practical Application: Layer Tools
33Introduction to Masks and Brushes
34Brush Basics
35Custom Brushes
36Brush Mask: Vignettes
37Brush Mask: Curves Dodge & Burn
38Brush Mask: Hue & Saturation
39Mask Groups
40Clipping Masks
41Masking in Adobe Camera Raw
42Practical Applications: Masks
43Introduction to Selections
44Basic Selection Tools
45The Pen Tool
46Masks from Selections
47Selecting Subjects and Masking
48Color Range Mask
49Luminosity Masks Basics
50Introduction to Cleanup Tools
51Adobe Camera Raw
52Healing and Spot Healing Brush
53The Clone Stamp Tool
54The Patch Tool
55Content Aware Move Tool
56Content Aware Fill
57Custom Cleanup Selections
58Introduction to Shapes and Text
59Text Basics
60Shape Basics
61Adding Text to Pictures
62Custom Water Marks
63Introduction to Smart Objects
64Smart Object Basics
65Smart Objects and Filters
66Smart Objects and Image Transformation
67Smart Objects and Album Layouts
68Smart Objects and Composites
69Introduction to Image Transforming
70ACR and Lens Correction
71Photoshop and Lens Correction
72The Warp Tool
73Perspective Transformations
74Introduction to Actions in Photoshop
75Introduction to the Actions Panel Interface
76Making Your First Action
77Modifying Actions After You Record Them
78Adding Stops to Actions
79Conditional Actions
80Actions that Communicate
81Introduction to Filters
82ACR as a Filter
83Helpful Artistic Filters
84Helpful Practical Filters
85Sharpening with Filters
86Rendering Trees
87The Oil Paint and Add Noise Filters
88Introduction to Editing Video
89Timeline for Video
90Cropping Video
91Adjustment Layers and Video
92Building Lookup Tables
93Layers, Masking Video & Working with Type
94ACR to Edit Video
95Animated Gifs
96Introduction to Creative Effects
97Black, White, and Monochrome
98Matte and Cinematic Effects
99Gradient Maps and Solid Color Grades
100Gradients
101Glow and Haze
102Introduction to Natural Retouching
103Brightening Teeth
104Clean Up with the Clone Stamp Tool
105Cleaning and Brightening Eyes
106Advanced Clean Up Techniques
107Introduction to Portrait Workflow & Bridge Organization
108ACR for Portraits Pre-Edits
109Portrait Workflow Techniques
110Introduction to Landscape Workflow & Bridge Organization
111Landscape Workflow Techniques
112Introduction to Compositing & Bridge
113Composite Workflow Techniques
114Landscape Composite Projects
115Bonus: Rothko and Workspace
116Bonus: Adding Textures to Photos
117Bonus: The Mask (Extras)
118Bonus: The Color Range Mask in ACR