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.
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