How to create Photoshop Action

How to create Photoshop Action
How to create Photoshop Action

Actions are like recorders. It can record each and every keystroke you use within Photoshop. First and foremost, it is a time saver feature. Though there are many other time saver features (e.g. Image Processor Script, Auto Color, Auto Tone, etc) within Photoshop, but from my point of view, Actions are the best of all because it is an all-purpose system with lots of customizable features. In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to create a Photoshop Action in minutes.

Step 1

First, open a JPEG image in Photoshop on which we will apply all the effects and edits to record it within an Action.

Now you will have to open the Actions Panel. To open it, go to Window > Actions or just simply press Alt+F9 (Option+F9 in MAC).

This is how the Photoshop Actions Panel looks like

Step 1

Step 2

To create a whole new action, first click on the Create New Set button at the bottom of the action panel to create a new action set. In the resulting dialog box, enter your desired set name. The action sets are like groups or folders. You can put as many individual Actions within an Action Set as you like.

Step 2

After creating the action set, now click on Create New Action button.

Step 3

In the resulting dialog box, enter your action Name; choose your action Set, select a Function Key (selected function key will act like the shortcut key for that particular action), choose Color (the color will only be visible in button mode) and press on Record.

Step 4

Right after pressing on the Record button, the New Action dialog box will close by itself and will start to record each and every keystroke you act in Photoshop. Now play with your opened image, modify some brightness-contrast, rotate it using Image Rotation option from Image menu, resize it, do whatever you want to do, the action will keep recording everything until you stop it.

To stop the ongoing action recording, press on the Stop button from Actions Panel. Now the action will stop recording and will be saved automatically.

Step 5

Step 3

So your brand new action is ready for its first test. Close your previously opened image and open another new image in Photoshop. Now choose your newly created action from the Actions Panel and click on the Play button. Right after you click on the play button, Photoshop will start to repeat all of your keystroke, menu selections, etc (keystrokes, menu selections you performed while you were recording this particular action) on this newly opened image.

Step 6

WOW! (I bet, this is what you are gonna say!)

So finally you’ve created your first action, and hopefully the actions will be able to save some of your valuable time from the deadline and you will be able to deliver your projects on time. Now let’s go get to Photoshop and have some fun with the Actions.

Let me know if you still have any doubt on Photoshop Action. I would love to help you!

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Nilotpal Singha

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