Adobe® Photoshop® and Lightroom® Plugins 101

 

Adobe® Photoshop® and Lightroom® Plugins 101

 

Lesson Info

Creating Actions Using a Plugin

We open up an image inside of photo shop what do we want as a normal course of action for this thing to do now, I'm going to assume that everybody out there can make a basic action, but what I'm not going to assume is, you know, howto do an action for a plug in, all right? So we're going to assume that you know how to make, um, an action that will make a basic layer like we just did with the burn dogs later, okay, I just showed you how to do it if you for gotten rewind, watch it again, which means you have to buy the course, so or they could rewatch it tonight, but after that, you could go tonight and re watch that's, right? You know what I think? Probably around, you know, midnight er that's right about midnight, everyone okay, so what I'm going to do is I'm going to go into my actions now actions I'm gonna pull this action out like this so we can see it better. The action panel well on ly allow you to create actions if you turn the button. Modoff I like button mode because it's easy ...

to find things and you notice that I've color coded and you're answering a question, so keep going, please. How do you do that? So color coding is really easy. If I'm making a new action, you do it. Here it is in the action dialog box there's the color right there, so but when you're making the action, you can change the color, and you can also change the color in the action itself. You just have to get to the info dialog box on the action that I forget how to get there so but in order to make an action, you have to be out of the button mode. So out of the button mode, you can now see all the actions you've created, and you could put them into folders. So this is my work flow action set, and each one of these is given action. So I go down here to the bottom, and I hit the little plus are at a new action, it's looks like a little piece of paper, and I click on that when I click on that action, I'm going to get the dialogue box, and we're going to call this standard, uh, album prep so that's going to be our action, and we're going to hit record, but let's, change it to say, uh, violet that's, the color of our actions so that's, what's going toe color the button of the action, and I hit record once I hit record, we are recording aiken, stop it, start the recording if I need to, like if I need to do something and I don't need it to record that, I could do that, but in this case, I'm gonna record, and the first thing I can do is take the background image and make a duplicate of it. So now I have a copy so I could work on the cod, the front copy and leave the background alone. So when I come into an image, I already have a coffee made, and I can work on that copy that I made just a safety so that I can always go back to the other copy. The other thing I can do as I can stop the action and I can go up and grab other actions that have already made so let's say I have up here there's one the burn layer let's say I always want have a burnley, right? That makes sense, so I'm going to right click the burn layer. I'm going to go to this burn layer here and grab that layer and drag it to the little page copy thing it makes a duplicate one called burn layer copy, so now I've got a copy of all of the things that make a burn layer and I can go down to my you remember I've stopped my action I'm not recording right now and I congratulate these two pieces shift khun shift click I'm grab the two pieces that make up the burn layer and I go down into here and add it to my standard prep so now I'm just stolen from another preset and added to this preset so now I can take this burn layer copy and throw it away then I've got my standard album prep is going to duplicate and it's going to create a burned dodge layer on top of itself sir, I'm going to jump in so there's no way to grab a couple of those actions if you will not actions but those processes and copy them into that other you have to actually duplicate it then I think you could probably you might be able to grab one of these and hit the option key maybe ok no, I think I was going to move it you need to write you need to copy you need tio yeah I think you have to copy I mean that's why I was done it because I don't think you can just grab and drag with an option click right? Okay, thank you might be ableto let's see if you can right click just doesn't doesn't work tricon try using your oh, you know actually figured out what I'm supposed to do for the color action options there it is. So you go. You know, in order to get the color to change this color, goto the little drop down menu up here, go to action options and then change the color. They should be on the right. Click it. You should. I should. Anyone that would be the normal natural way to do it. Okay, so copy the lay the anything that you want, tio, add to it and then run it. You can also get put in a little way point that tells it to go run a different action, then come back. But I just it's it's simpler just to run the whole action. Ok, so I have the whole action running here, it's going to make a burned dodge layer. Then after it makes the burn dodge layer, I'm going to start recording again, so I'm gonna hit record on my on my action. And now I'm going to go and select the background copy. Hold on, let me stop this. You have to go off of the background. You have to go off of your copy and then go back on it. So let's hit record and then select this so see how it's it added one called select background copy, say that so you always have to be off of whatever it is you want to do and then click it in order to get back on. So what I'm doing now is I'm going to take this background copy and that background copy is going to then be used to make something that goes to a plug in of some sort so when we want to go the plug in, we're going to go and go to our filter menu if you use something like see this little this little guy right here or you could go over here to the knicks software, nick software has a little panelas well, if you go to a panel and click on it, the action won't record it, so if you have a third party panel that's floating up here and you click on it, the actions not going to record what you just did so you have to go to the actual filter, drop down menu and go to the actual thing that you want to you so I'm going to go to alien now let's go teo totally rad. So I'm going to go to totally rad and I'm going to click on totally latte the rad lab and it's brucie out brought that into this and now I'm going to go and do let's just choose, you know a let's choose something pretty funky flare up golden there we'll do this okay, so we're doing get faded winter so that's the one we're going to choose and we're going to finish it, so it applied it to that background copy that's why we make the background copy? Okay, then. Once we've made the background copy and it's applied that to it, I might also want to inside of this action you can see in the rad labs if you if you drop that down seat, do you see what's there says ok, we're going to basic adjustments than we're going to style too, and then get faded winter and then the recipes on none, then back and it tells you what's happening inside of that and so it's going to dictate what rad lab does to your image. Once you've done that, you might want to change the image style to something that works better with the plug in that you just used, so maybe you'll do it as a color see how that changes the way it looks or you might do it as a hue that's weird or you could do it as normal, but then just bring the opacity down a little bit. I think that's really good that does something so let's do sixty six percent opacity on this now stop the action and go into the action and look what's happened here I was testing stuff and it set the currently or all sorts of different things don't need it to do that, so I know that the first couple that I tried were not valuable, so I'm going to click the first couple I tried shift, click and then I'm going to go back out, I'm going to take those and delete them from the action, so I'm just hitting the little delete key so now it's going to do the rad lab and then it's going to scale back the opacity to sixty six percent, then we're going to oh, and if I wanted to then take this image and do something let's say we're going to add grain now, so at that point then I would take this background cop b I would record take it, make a new layer so we're copying the background layers. So now we've made background copy too, and in this one I'm going to right click the layer converted to a smart object you have to convert the smart object first before you send it to a plug in. Otherwise it can't be a smart plug in, so I've made a smart copy to the plug in and now I'm going to take that into the filter go down to nick software, go to silver effects it's going to open silver a fax I'm going to add let's say kind of a heavy green to it there so that's what I'm gonna add to it basically what that did is added green and a lot of structure those are the two things that it did to that and I'm gonna hit ok just suffices san went in here and did a lot of stuff to make this custom preset and then I hit ok so that's going to save out that effect back to that smart object that's in photo shop said that and now you can take that smart object and you can say I'm not I don't want this smart object to be a normal object I wanted to be a luminosity so now it's on ly adding the grain but I kind of liked what it did um to the image when I left it as a a normal at sixty percent so so now we have this smart filter up on top that does this nick effect to it so turn it on and off you see what's happening that's pretty cool yeah all right so now let's go back into I've been clicking a lot of stuff that I do don't need to click so the hide current seal that hide show hide show you don't need any of that psych and shift click all of that on dh delete it oh I got to stop the record shift click all that delete it okay, so set the current layer to normal mode. Um, let's see, we don't need this one to set the livin on city mode and there you go. So now I want to take you know, the part that we made the burned dodge action it's going to make it too far down in the pecking order, so I'm going to take the make layer and birth select burn on I take those two and I'm going to move them up into the process to the very end, and then we're going to be done with our action. Ok? So that's the end of that action now something weird about actions that I don't like but it's a it's part of being an action is that they not saved anywhere right now they're only in photo shop. If photoshopped crashed right now, we would lose everything we just did to that action. So click on the actions set go here to the drop down menu and you're going to save those actions out to where they would normally be inside of see where they would go, they go toe, they go to photo shop, cc presets actions and you're just going to save that action set so that you have access to it then if you quit like room where if you quit photo shop the way it's supposed to be quit without crashing and then reopen it now they're kind of registered in there but it's not registered there now right now it's just kind of like this kind of their thing all right now how do you then now everybody knows howto make at least should if you've been following along you know how to make an action to run a plug in now the question is how do you take that action and automated from light room and that's what we'll talk about a soon as we get back from break because it is time for a few questions and then we're off to break all right let's bring on a few questions that sounds fantastic thompson world would like to know can you edit a previously created action? Absolutely I mean, you saw me editing my own action as I was making it so you can absolutely do that in fact let's go to any action in fact here I've got some actions by kobo tahir I I don't know what they do but here here's a board text basics I don't know what that one is there, okay? So here's here's some actions and I have no idea what they're specifically going to do, but I'm just going to grab one and see what it does so I go in and just grab something anything and you can see there's a lot of stuff going on there if you double click one of these it will start to play it okay so watch what happens if I if I double click one of those it's going to try and play that action and I'm gonna actually hold on let me go back to like I don't want to screw up what we've just done simon open up a new image edit this and it the original just so that we don't mess with this image because I want to come back to it great but we're going to open up an image and we're going to run an action let's let's uh let's flatten this thing okay so I'm gonna run in action here if I just double click something so make a layer by double click it see it wants toe record whatever it is I double clint so if you hit record it it tries to run that part of the action as a new record so you can record over the top of whatever it's doing so in this case this action specifically is requesting to make a layer I mean go into it it wants to make a layer and that later layer is supposed to be called bogey but when I double put that it says oh he wants to re record this so then if I change whatever the experiences that happens on that particular thing I can rename it instead of bowie I could rename it toe bogey with a y or something like that I could rename it to boogie and then if I hit ok it stops the records see the records stopped so I can record individual pieces of actions just by double clicking him so if you've purchased in action that does something but every single time you have to go to the same layer and turn the opacity down ten percent then you're wasting time so what you do is you go to that action and you say I don't want this layer to be here I want it to be you know, whatever double click it it will re record the action the way you want it to be. The important thing is you need to know what that action is doing so that you don't screw it completely up but double click it the best way to do it would be to duplicate the action first just like we did before. So go to the action and copy it by dragging it onto this little page icon once you've got the duplicate screw around with the duplicate because then you can always throw the duplicate away if you mess it up and then the other way to work on an action is to simply insert yourself set yourself on the place that you want to do something and then hit record and while you and whatever you record is going to go into that position so if I go in and say, I want to record the process of changing the eye to the eyedropper tool and choosing a color, see how my now my I just got this set foreground color too, right after the thing, I was putting my cursor on. So I select the thing that I that I want done before, the thing I want to record. So whatever you click on, then when you hit record is soon you start doing something that's going to record it right afterwards. So if you need to enter in some kind of a break or you need to enter in some kind of a change, like, for instance, you have this awesome color thing that happens. But then you want that specific layer to be turned down in opacity, like on ours. We would just say, ok, if in our standard prep this is what I say, you bought this from somebody, then you could say, ok, I just made the silver effects pro layer. I want to then record to make that layer of eighty percent capacity. You would just start there and hit record, and then you'd go select the layer and say, turn it down and opacity, and then hit stop and that's going to put a another action inside of the action another piece of the action so that's how you would record and it's an absolutely important thing to do because remember we're talking in the manifesto we're talking about the strata varias strata various isn't yours even if you pay for it's not yours until you tweak it until you make it yours by practicing with it tweaking it and then practicing with it some more and then it's yours then you own it it's kind of like the one you know like the wizard doesn't choose the juan juan choose of the wizard in there it's not yours until you some somehow pair up by you know you know pair up with your actions and terrible your action I mean so that's that's really good. Now do you stops in your own stops in your actions? Oh, I I use stops in my actions on lee when appropriate. Okay, so if if there's a reason where I would have to choose a brush or choose a color or something like that it's a good idea. Okay? But in most cases a stop becomes a stop in the work flow because most of my actions were not meant for me to be around. Most of my actions are being run from white room and so if they're being run from light room I should be able to be sleeping because when we come back, we're going to take the action we just made and make it so that light room khun run thirty, images through that action while I'm sleeping. I don't sit there and watch it turn, and then I can come back and just work on those images that have been prepped for me, fantastic and that's, just and that's part of your daily work flow. Is that correct? That's, right. I mean, there's, always things where you there's a one up there's something where you like, this needs my attention. I'm gonna work on it, but in most cases, ninety percent of time, a workflow will get you through everything, and then there's, like one image that needs to be retouched.

Class Description


Want to know how to tailor Adobe® Photoshop® and Lightroom® to make them even more powerful? Join creativeLIVE instructor Jared Platt for a three-day introduction to the plugins that will change the way you use Adobe’s seminal programs.

Jared will guide you through a wide variety of plugins as he explains why and how to use each one. You’ll learn about building a workflow that incorporates plugins, saving you time and money in the post-production process. Jared will also cover ways to synchronize and implement plugins on multiple computers. You’ll also explore the built-in tools in Lightroom® and Adobe® Photoshop® for creating and implementing your own plugins.

By the end of this course, you’ll be ready to harness the power of plugins and take your image editing skills to new heights.


Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 14.0, Adobe Lightroom 5