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Introduction to the Actions Panel Interface


Adobe® Photoshop® CC® Bootcamp


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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:

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


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
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