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Adobe Photoshop CC Bootcamp

Lesson 77 of 118

Modifying Actions After You Record Them


Adobe Photoshop CC Bootcamp

Lesson 77 of 118

Modifying Actions After You Record Them


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Modifying Actions After You Record Them

So you see there I said select RGB channel, and then I said set current layer, I changed the name, and then I set the curve. There are four things happening in this one action, when in reality, this whole thing can actually be minimized down into one thing. So this is where we get into modifying the actions. So if I go ahead and delete all of these, just click on this one and click on this one, notice how I said annotate everything? 'Cause this is the time where I would pull out a piece of paper and say, "Okay, what did I do here?". I went ahead and I changed this to new curve, and then I changed the curve to an S curve. Okay, cool. I'm gonna delete these, just grab all these, and click and drag and delete. What it doesn't show you here, is that this actually has actions inside that action, that are happening. If I click the dropdown on there, it's saying make a new adjustment layer, using adjustment layer, which is using that, type is gonna be curves, and the kind is just gonna be a d...

efault curve. Watch what happens when I double-click on this. Boom. The record button starts. And then I get the new layer, and I get the ability to name this. I'll call it new curve. Here I can also change the color of that curve. I can change the color of that curve to maybe violet, 'cause I like to make my effects basically, we'll just call this new S curve, how about that? And I can even change the opacity here if I wanted to. The minute I press okay, it's gonna open up the curves dialog, and now I can make an S curve. I can make the darks darker, I can make the lights lighter, press okay, and all of that got recorded in there. Because I double-clicked on this area, it knew, only edit this area. Now look what happens. Use adjustment layer, call it new S curve, make the color violet, preset was custom, 'cause this is the custom S curve that we chose, and it even tells you the points that are on that curve, after that curve is made. So now if I delete this layer, and I press Shift + F2, look at that, we have a new S curve. It's all been recorded into one action. Now the reason why I tell you this, is because we talked about that foreign language thing, let's say I'm building a new action, I'm building upon this action let's say. I'll just click on here and I'll press record, and I'll click right here and do that. You see how this says select layer, and then in quotes, it says new S curve? Well I named this thing S curve, so any version of Photoshop, no matter what platform its on, Dutch, Spanish, English, it's going to name that new S curve regardless of language, because I told it to select that language. Now the problem that you run into if you're developing anything for people outside of the English language, is that if by chance, I had a layer in here, called curves one, which is just a regular curves adjustment layer, and I recorded the action to select, let's see, to select that curves one, curves one is not gonna be curves one when a curve is initially called up in a different language. It's gonna be whatever curve is in that language, and one. So if you record and action that selects curves one, and their version of Photoshop doesn't speak English, it's gonna stop, and it's not gonna do it. It's gonna say, bong, and your gonna get that stinking error message that comes up. That's exactly what happened with me when I had my new panel, my first panel that I created. I had a bunch of actions in there that when you pressed a button, it would select a specific action that was built from the English language. If, by chance, you select that layer, double-click inside here, and rename that new S curve, inside there just like we did, you won't run into that problem. But if you're telling it to select the default curves one, or gradient map one, or hue saturation one, well hue saturation in German is gonna be totally different than hue saturation in English, so keep that in mind. That's why I tell you best practice is, if you make a new adjustment layer, always double-click on it in here before you even keep going, and rename it. And what we're gonna do to set that up, so you do things correct, is we're gonna go ahead and just delete all this. We can delete this basic action, we don't necessarily need it. I'm gonna make a new action, and we're gonna call this action curves dodge and burn. So now what I'm gonna do is exactly what we did before. I'm gonna make two curves adjustment layers. One curve, two curves, but I'm not gonna do anything with them. That's all I'm gonna do, okay? Now I'm gonna stop. Why am I stopping? Because I need to rename this dodge and burn. So if I double-click inside this make adjustment layer, I'm gonna call this dodge, that's my first one. The color, if you want a differentiate the colors on these, so that dodge is one color, and burn is another color, that's up to you. I'm gonna go ahead and just make them red, so that I know that I need to do something with that mask. Red, to me, is a color that I use when I'm building my actions, so that I know that I need to do something to it, that it's not just an effect. Purple to me is an effect, whereas red is hey, you gotta do something with this. And press okay. What do I need to do with this, well I'm dodging with this one, so I'll make it brighter. Press okay. Now you'll notice that it made a whole new curve on top of here, even though I didn't record anything else to happen, because these curves were already made, right in here. What it's doing when I rename this one, is it's just gonna build another one on top, and that's okay, just leave it the way it is. So now I'll click on the next layer down, this make adjustment layer, double-click, and call it burn. Change the color to something like red, press okay, pull that down, press okay. So now I can delete all the stuff that's happening here, I can just click Shift, click on the bottom one, and delete. And now if I press play on this curves dodge and burn, I get those curves dodge and burn layers, right? But, from what we know about curves dodge and burn layers, I need to invert these masks. So what I'm gonna do, is I'm gonna press record, I'm gonna press Command or Control + I, because that is already selected right now. Then I'm gonna click on this dodge mask, Command or Control + I, and invert them, and then stop. We got quotes here, that's a stopping point. If we see quotes, we need to ask ourself, "Did I name this dodge?". Yes I did, I named it here. So I don't need to worry about that now if I'm working in another version of Photoshop, so Dutch or German or whatever. So now when I delete these, if I go ahead and press play on this, we have our curves dodge and burn action already set up for us, and all we would need to do in here, is just start painting our mask in here with a brush. You can take this a step further though. So now that we got this dodge here, we got this burn here, I can click on this action at the bottom, I could press record, and because this is already selected, and I know that it's already selected because I just ran that action, if I press and hold Shift then click on burn, I can press Control + G, put them into a group. Command or Control + G and they're in a group. And then I can stop it. I don't need to rename that group right now, because if I were to try and rename that group, guess what would happen? Group one is in English here, 'cause that's what the default group one is gonna be, but if I were to have my action record me selecting that group one and changing the name of it, we might run into some issues when we come into foreign languages in Photoshop. So what I'm gonna do, instead of pressing record and doing that, this can be treated just like any of these other layers. If I double-click, I can change this, from group one to curves dodge and burn. Change that color to red, and press okay, and then stop. I can delete all these that are happening here. Now if I press play on this action, we have it in a group. So anytime, once we're done with this, you can have this curves dodge and burn, I'll put this in the downloads too, so you can check your work as you're going along with me when you build this, 'cause that's what I'm gonna expect of you, (laughs) if you wanna do it right. Alright, we can even take that a step further too. Let's say, our brush tool was not selected, and let's say our clone stamp tool was selected. At the bottom of this, after I say make group, I can press record, and I can press B for the brush tool, and it will select the brush. That way, if I was anywhere else in my workflow, if I was using the move tool, or I was moving the content aware whatever tool, if I was using the clone stamp tool, no matter what tool I'm using, once I press stop, we'll check it, I'll click on the dodge tool, come back to the top and press play. And look at that, automatically selected by brush tool. So now it's setting me up for success. I told you, you could use these anytime. It sets your workflow up for efficiency, right? No matter what tool you were using before, we're still gonna be on our brush tool, and we're gonna get to move on, because now all I'd have to do is close down my actions, open up that group, click on that burn layer right there, and start burning areas in by brushing with black, or going down to the dodge, making areas brighter on this tree. My tongue's about to start hanging out, hmm. (laughs) But again, we can even take that even further. So, what I'm gonna do, is I'm gonna press play on this, now I'm gonna press record, now I'm gonna press the dropdown arrow on this group, and I'm gonna select that mask, and press stop. Now let's press play. Now I'm making myself even more efficient. I don't even have to check the box anymore. I'm just ready to go, I'm ready to burn. See that? Ready to burn. Burning, dodging, all kinds of way you can speed up your workflow like this. The curves layer dodge and burn is one of my favorites. The one that's included in this panel is actually gonna be more of your regular dodge and burn layer. So these are essentially actions that are in this panel, so if I press play on this dodge and burn, it's gonna pop up, and it's gonna, see this right here, this is called a stop action, and if I go ahead and press continue, it'll let me go. There's other things in here. They have what we call modal dialogs, and I'll get into that in a second. So like this one that's called radiance, it's gonna bring up a stop action, and then it's gonna pop open gaussian blur, and stop me, so it's not actually recorded in there, and that's what we're gonna get into next. So it's basically gonna say hey, I need you to do something with this gaussian blur layer.

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.

Robert Andrews

Blake Rudis is the absolute best in teaching photoshop. His knowledge and how he presents the instruction is clear and concise - there is NO ONE BETTER. Yes, his classes require some basic skills, and maybe I'd organize the order of (or group) the classes in a different order, but, let me be clear - if anyone is to be successful or famous in the Photoshop world, it should be Blake Rudis. I strongly recommend his teaching. I started photography and post processing in 2018, and because of this class, I'm know what Im doing. The energy you get when you create something beautiful is profound, it makes you bounce out of bed (at 4AM) like a 5 year old, to go create. It's a great ride! Thanks Blake, & Thanks Creative live.

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!!!!