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Old 06-03-2009, 10:43 AM
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photoshop cs4 Actions

Hi all I know the above plugins go into C:\Program Files\Adobe Photoshop CS4\Presets\Actions\

But I cant seem to understand how to use them. I load a picture in, load the action and then I am stuck as sometimes it wont let me press the play arrow on actions and what are u suppose to do when it do play, as it comes up with errors etc saying background this and that. all confusing to me. would anyone have a short tutorial on how to use actions right.
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Old 06-03-2009, 12:05 PM
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Re: photoshop cs4 Actions

All actions expect the image to be in a certain "state".

This means, for example, that an action might expect a selection to be made upfront before it runs, or, for example, for the background layer to be the active layer.

It all depends what the action expects before it runs.

Having said all that, properly written actions should inform the user when it runs,if the right condition is not present.

In your case it appears the action said something regarding " background this and that".

What was the exact message?

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Hi all I know the above plugins go into C:\Program Files\Adobe Photoshop CS4\Presets\Actions\

But I cant seem to understand how to use them. I load a picture in, load the action and then I am stuck as sometimes it wont let me press the play arrow on actions and what are u suppose to do when it do play, as it comes up with errors etc saying background this and that. all confusing to me. would anyone have a short tutorial on how to use actions right.
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Old 06-03-2009, 03:33 PM
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Re: photoshop cs4 Actions

Hi I have tried 2 actions and have taken snapshots as you can see below
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Old 06-03-2009, 03:52 PM
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Re: photoshop cs4 Actions

Im not in front of Photoshop so I can't say why the message in the first action, but the second one expects a layer named "background". Since it appears that the lowest layer was renamed to "layer 0", that is the reason why it fails.

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Old 06-03-2009, 09:33 PM
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Re: photoshop cs4 Actions

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Hi I have tried 2 actions and have taken snapshots as you can see below
The first action requires one to "make a selection" before playing the action. Without an active selection the Feather command has nothing "to feather," hence the error.

As Frank noted the second action is looking for a Background.

Good rule of thumb while you're learning actions:
* Duplicate image
* Flatten
...then apply the action to the duplicate.

This ensures:
* There will be a Background
* If things go terribly wrong, it will be the duplicate image that gets messed up, not the original.

- - - - - -

Good info on actions in the PS Help topics. You might have to search on "automation" or "automating" as well as "actions." That is where I would start.

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Old 06-03-2009, 09:40 PM
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Re: photoshop cs4 Actions

Also check out:

http://www.thelightsright.com/ActionBasicsPt1

This is the first of a multi-part tutorial. Glenn does great work.
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Old 06-04-2009, 03:10 AM
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Re: photoshop cs4 Actions

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Im not in front of Photoshop so I can't say why the message in the first action, but the second one expects a layer named "background". Since it appears that the lowest layer was renamed to "layer 0", that is the reason why it fails.
Ok will take not of this, thanks so much. Like tescos says "Every Little Helps"


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The first action requires one to "make a selection" before playing the action. Without an active selection the Feather command has nothing "to feather," hence the error.

As Frank noted the second action is looking for a Background.

Good rule of thumb while you're learning actions:
* Duplicate image
* Flatten
...then apply the action to the duplicate.

This ensures:
* There will be a Background
* If things go terribly wrong, it will be the duplicate image that gets messed up, not the original.

- - - - - -

Good info on actions in the PS Help topics. You might have to search on "automation" or "automating" as well as "actions." That is where I would start.
Yesterday 09:52 PM
Thanks so much most helpful well appreciated
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Old 06-04-2009, 03:50 PM
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Re: photoshop cs4 Actions

I forgot to ask but I have searched on Retouch pro for this action byRo JPEG Clean-Up.atn utility and cant find a download for it can anyone help
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Old 06-04-2009, 03:54 PM
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Re: photoshop cs4 Actions

Try here:
http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/pho...lity-tool.html


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I forgot to ask but I have searched on Retouch pro for this action byRo JPEG Clean-Up.atn utility and cant find a download for it can anyone help
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Old 06-04-2009, 04:04 PM
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I forgot to ask but I have searched on Retouch pro for this action byRo JPEG Clean-Up.atn utility and cant find a download for it can anyone help
http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/pho...tml#post177887
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