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Adobe Photoshop CC Bootcamp

Lesson 75 of 118

Introduction to the Actions Panel Interface


Adobe Photoshop CC Bootcamp

Lesson 75 of 118

Introduction to the Actions Panel Interface


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Introduction to the Actions Panel Interface

So for this segment on actions, you're not gonna see me working with too many different images like we've done before with all the varied photographs that we have been looking at. We just need dummy images to work on so that you can understand what actions are. So we're gonna start very basically just talking about the actions panel, what it is, where it is, how to find it, and where to put it when you're working. So right here it's gonna look like a little play icon. I'm gonna go ahead and just get rid of that and act as if it was never there. So how do I find that? I can press Alt or Option and F9, and it will appear, but if I did not know that hot key just out of nowhere, I could go to Window and go to Actions and you can see right next to that Actions we have Alt F9. With the Actions, I like to leave those in the secondary toolbar, like you see along the side here, where I have all my other toolbars or special toolbars, I should say, and I'll drag it and just put it right inside he...

re. Really cool aside, everything that's on this panel, that we're having in the Creative Live Bootcamp, was created from an action at one point, so you can see that as you get good with these things you can even start developing panels. Again, giving away the farm, good job, Blake. So, I'm gonna go ahead and just open up the Actions here, and just show you what happens inside the Actions. By default, Photoshop is gonna have some default actions in there that you can go ahead and click on and press play, and it's gonna do something to work. And those are all there by default. You have a vignette here. You have some water reflection type. I don't know, I haven't even looked at these things. It's kinda cool, but what I'm gonna do is I'm just gonna go ahead and delete this, just drag this and drop this, and put this right into the dump folder there. So if by chance you have a image that is over top of a panel like this, like the Actions are no longer visible here because the image is too big, if I click and hold on this, because we have enable floating window docking set in our preferences, that'll be under Edit and then under Preferences, and we go to I believe it was Workspace, enable floating window docking, make sure that's checked. I can just grab this, pull this up to the top, and it will force itself behind there so I can see what's going on. So really looking at the actions, and you can just break this whole thing down and look at what you see here. Down here we're gonna have all of our buttons to make this thing operate. We're obviously gonna have a stop button, so that once we are recording we can stop it. We have a record button, just like you would see on a VCR, if you're old enough to know what that is, and then a play button to press play on any of the actions that you have set, and then here you have a folder to create a new set of actions, and here is a new action within a set of actions, and then the ability to delete by just clicking and dragging and deleting as you saw I did with that one before. So I'm just gonna go ahead and clear this out, and delete this out completely. Up here, in this upper portion, we have something called button mode. We have the ability to make a new action set, which is the same thing as that. We have the ability to, a new action, which is the same as that, and a new action set, which is the same as that. We can duplicate actions, delete actions, play actions. Here's the start recording, which is the same as that. Record again, if we ever need to go back into a recording. Inserting menu items, there are some actions, there are some things that can only be inserted into an action if you go to insert menu item. Insert stop, this is that modal control, that modal stop control. And then here we have insert conditional actions, insert paths, so you can look through these, and let's just go ahead and first of all, I'm just gonna grab whatever, let me just open up a set of actions here. These would be the actions that you have in your actions palette, so I'm just gonna open up this one that says textures, 'cause I want to show you something here called button mode. Button mode will, instead of making it look like some type of folder structure with drop-downs, it takes the folder structure away, and just gives you colored buttons. Now these colored buttons are important to know because we can set a color for our buttons if we want, if we're in button mode. The only problem that I find with button mode is that it's only really conducive for one set of actions at a time. If you've got 15 sets of actions in here, you're not gonna see any delineation here anywhere between the actions that you might have and the actions that you just pulled in here because there's no folder structure here that tells you you're in a different set of actions. So I tend to stay away from button mode as a personal preference, but I know a lot of people that really do enjoy button mode because maybe they only use one action set at a time. If you're the type of person who only has one action set open at a time, button mode is great. I, like I said, do not care for button mode too much.

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:

  • Class Introduction & Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw, Setup Interface, Cropping and Layers
  • Layer Tools, Masks, Selections, Clean-Up Tools and Shapes & Text
  • Smart Objects, Transforming, Actions, Filters, and Editing Video
  • 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.


Adobe Photoshop CC 2018


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


a Creativelive Student

Amazing course, but don't be fooled into thinking this is a beginner's course for photographers. The problem isn't Blake's explanations; they're top. The problem is the vast scope of this course and the order in which the topics are presented. Take layers for example. When I was first learning Photoshop (back when we learned from books), I found I learned little or nothing from, for example, books that covered layers before they covered how to improve/process photographs. These books taught me how to organize, move, and link layers before they showed me what a layer was actually for. Those books tended to teach me everything there is to know about layers (types of layers, how to organize them, how to move them, how to move them two at a time, how to move them two at a time even if there are other layers between the two you're interested in, useful troubleshooting tips, etc. ) all before I even know (from a photographer's point of view) what it is the things actually do. The examples of organizing, linking, and moving mean everything for graphic designers from Day One, but for photographers not so much. Blake does the same thing as those books. Topics he covers extremely early demand a lot of theoretical imagination for a photographer who doesn't already know quite a bit about what he is talking about. Learning about abstract things first and concrete things later only makes PS that much harder to understand. If you AREN'T a beginner, however, this course is amazing. I thought it would be like an Army Bootcamp, taking you from zero and building you into a fit, competent Photoshop grunt. Now I think it's more like Army Bootcamp for high school varsity jocks. It isn't going to take you from the beginning, but the amount you'll get out of it is nonetheless more than your brain can imagine. I've been using PS for years to improve my photographs, and even to create the odd artistic composite or two. The amount I've learned in the first week is amazing, and every day I learn something -- more like many things -- which I immediately implement to improve my productivity and/or widen the horizons of what I can achieve. If you ARE a photographer who's a Photoshop beginner, I'd take very seriously the advice Blake gives in the introduction: Watch one lesson, and practice the skills and principles you learn in that one lesson for two weeks. THEN watch the next lesson. You can't do that of course without buying the course, so it's up to you to decide whether you'd like to learn Photoshop and master Photoshop all from the same course. Learning it first and mastering it later will cost more money, but I think you'll understand everything better and have a much more enjoyable ride in the process. As for me? I'm going to have to find the money to buy this course. There is simply way too much content in each lesson for me to try to take on all at once, but on the other hand I don't want to miss anything at all that he has to share.

Esther Gambrell

WOW!!! I've been purchasing CL classes for several years now and have watched HOURS of "How-To Photoshop" classes, but this is the first one I've actually purchased because of the AWESOME BONUS content!!! SERIOUSLY??!!?!? A PLUG-IN??? But not only that, Blake is SO easy to understand, and he breaks down concepts in different ways to connect with different people's learning styles. I REALLY appreciated this approach because I am a LEFT-BRAINED creative that has an engineering background, so I really connected to what Blake was saying. THANK YOU FOR THAT! There are TONS of Photoshop courses out there, but I found this one to be the most helpful in they way Blake teaches concepts so that you know WHY you're doing what your doing. I feel like he taught me how to fish with Photoshop to feed me for a lifetime instead of just giving me a fish to feed me for one day. This is the BEST overall PS course out there!!! Thank you!!!!

Sonya Messier

I'm been using Bridge, Adobe Raw and Photoshop for 12 years. I thought I knew those programs until I started to follow Blake and do this Photoshop CC Bootcamp. This course is AMAZING. I love the way Blake teach, brakes down concepts and tools... excellent teaching qualities! I'm half way in this course and I change all my workflow already. Much better results and better use of what Adobe offer me. This course is an investment! When I will be done, I will listen it again. Great job and congratulations on your success Blake!