Making Your First Action


Adobe® Photoshop® CC® Bootcamp


Lesson Info

Making Your First Action

So let's go ahead and build just a basic, a basic rudimentary action. So I'm going to make a folder here and this is just gonna be called CL Actions Lesson. Anything I do right now, after I press the New Action button, is going to start recording. A new action set, this is just a folder to set me up for a series of new actions. So once I press this New Action Set, and I start to name it, so I'm going to call this Basic Curve. The set that it's going to, that it belongs in is the one that we already have selected here. The function key here, you can actually make your own hot keys for your own actions. So if it's something that you do all the time, like you love the gaussian blur, and yet, well you can make that F2 through F and associate it with either shift F12 or shift Ctrl F or F2, sorry I'm, so you can essentially, if you made this just shift F2, then that would call up this action. But if you had another action that was shift Ctrl F2, it would call up a totally different version. ...

And then below there, I'm just going to set this to none for now. Actually you know what, let's make that shift F2. And then right here, color, this is where you're not going to see a color unless you have button mode selected. So if I made this a red action, or an orange action, or let's just do red. If I made this a red action and press record, notice you'll see Basic Curve is set up here and it even gives me the hot key for what that's gonna be when we're done. See how this little action, this little record button automatically turned on. As soon as you press a new action, and you get it set up, it's automatically gonna get you into record mode. So anything I do right now is gonna be recorded. One thing I suggest you look at is the history pallette while you're doing this, so have the history pallette open while you do it. If I go down to the curves adjustment layer here, I can make a new curve. You can see here, it said make adjustment layer. We made an adjustment layer. If I double click inside here, actually, let me call this New Curve. Select RGB channel, it selected that area and then it set that current layer to New Curve. All those three things just happened at once. If I press stop, and then I press play on that action, it's gonna make a new curve and continue to make new curves. I'm just gonna go ahead and delete those. If I press shift F2 because that's the hot key that I associated with, we have a new curve. But notice I didn't do anything to that curve, I just set us up with a new curve, I didn't do anything with that curve. So, at this point, with this action, I could stop there, I've got my new curve. But let's say I'm like "Oh, wait, I wanted to do something with that curve." You don't have to delete it and start over, just click the bottom of the last thing that was recorded, go down to the record button, and then make that adjustment. Boom, boom. And then if you press stop, it's gonna set, say set current adjustment layer. Now if I were to go ahead and delete this, press shift F2, it makes the new curve and it makes the new settings here and it actually has those new settings recorded in there.

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