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  • GaryGornelli
    Actions
    by GaryGornelli
    Hi, I was discussing brushing up work to show clients the results at shoots and was told that some photographers run a few actions. Curves, smoothing/sharpening etc. Do any of you? What are they?

    Gary
    07-16-2009, 12:28 PM
  • Sanda
    strange behavior
    by Sanda
    After a recent hard drive crash and replacement I had to reinstall Photoshop 6. I've reinstalled all of my plugins and actions ect. All seemed to be working fine but today I needed to use an action for the first time since the reinstall and to my amazement discovered that my actions pallet won't...
    09-18-2002, 04:26 PM
  • bhall07
    Make your own Actions
    by bhall07
    Using Photoshop 7 create your own Actions. This should work with PS6 also. [details]
    02-06-2004, 02:15 PM
  • DannyRaphael
    Tutorial: Actions, Photoshop
    by DannyRaphael
    It's not uncommon for "photo-based art" to be generated all (or in part) by one or more Photoshop actions.

    NEW to PHOTOSHOP ACTIONS?

    Not sure how to install them?

    Want to write one?

    Click HERE to be routed well written actions introductory...
    01-12-2003, 03:29 PM
  • Pics2
    Embarasing - I don't know where my actions are
    by Pics2
    I didn't know it will cause me problems - Recently I made few actions in Photoshop that I wanted to share with my friends. When I tried to locate them in Explorer, I couldn't find them. I thought they were located in Actions folder in Photoshop, but.
    Where are they?
    I use CS6 Windows.
    05-23-2013, 01:49 PM
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  • Doug Nelson
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    Creating Actions in Photoshop

    If you have a technique you use often involving lots of layers, filters, blending modes, etc. it can make things a lot easier for you in the future by automating it all. [details]

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  • d_kendal
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    good to hear that it worked, Ed! too bad I can't figure out any way from stopping it from doing that in the first place though..

    - David

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  • Ed_L
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    You're a whiz David! It works great. I just copied that part of the file to a Word document. Worked well. Thanks again.

    Ed

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  • Ed_L
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    Thanks David. That's too easy. I'll give it a try.

    Ed

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  • d_kendal
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    Aha! I think I found what's happening, did you scroll down all the way to the bottom of the text file? I never realized it before, but when you save an action as a text file, it saves the information you were intending to save at the bottom of the file, under all the other text files of actions you've saved before. I'm really not sure why it defaults to doing it that way, does anybody else know how to stop it from doing that? hopefully that sort of solves your problem Ed!

    - David

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  • d_kendal
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    hmm, sounds strange, I'll have to do some experimenting to try and figure out what's happening since I haven't done much with it yet (haven't had much time lately) but I'll post a workaround as soon as I can figure it out (IF I figure it out that is...)

    - David

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  • Ed_L
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    Hey David, I thought I replied to this tutorial before. Oh well --- Great job on an easily understood tutorial. I do have a question though. I saved an action as a text file, some time ago, and I'm trying to save another as a text file. When I save the action, using ctrl./alt, it does save it with the name I give it. But the text it saves, is one that is already saved. Any ideas on this? The action was saved as a new set. I'm baffled!

    Ed

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  • d_kendal
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    thanks, are you talking about this here? if so, yup thats me

    - David

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  • Paul
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    David, good work on the tutorial, I presume that's you in the actionxchange site?

    Sláinte
    Paul


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  • d_kendal
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    Tony and Collin,

    No problem, glad you're finding it helpful.

    Tony - the way I've done it now is created a new folder in my Photoshop directory called "Downloads" where I'm now keeping all my actions and downloaded filters saved so I can find them easily and don't lose them.

    - David

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  • collinf
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    David

    Many thanks, I was just starting to look at this for some of the "basic" tasks, such as my borders, and couldn't quite figure it out.

    Thanks again

    Collin

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  • angue
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    David,
    Thank you for a great tutorial.
    I always keep every action and brushes that I downloaded from the 'net or anything that I made myself away from the Photoshop folder. That way, if and when I need to reinstall the program, they won't get lost. The trick is to keep it in one place and remember where I placed them.

    Tony

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  • d_kendal
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    hey Goldcoin,

    glad you like it!

    - David

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  • GOLDCOIN
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    David.....

    Your tutorial was exceptional, clear and easy to follow. Thank you for all your hard work & time..... It is appreciated.

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  • d_kendal
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    Thank you Danny! I was trying to just give people a good general idea of how to use photoshop actions regardless of how much PS experience they have.
    Good tip, I hadn't realized that and I might have gotten cought next time I did a complete reload, so thanks.
    partly I just worded that badly, I should have said something like:
    • Your Actions folder is located in your Photoshop program directory under .\Presets\Photoshop Actions.
      WARNING! you can store your downloaded and created actions in this folder if you want, but if you are going to reload Photoshop, make sure that you have all of them backed up in a seperate folder (or put them there in the first place) otherwise they will be overwritten with the default Photoshop actions when it is reloaded.

    Doug, could you replace that in the tut if you have the time? somebody might miss it if it was only in the thread here. thanks!

    Danny, good idea I'll put up a post there after I'm done this one.

    - David

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