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How to Create an Action in Photoshop

If you know how to make Photoshop actions, you have a powerful tool in your hands. Actions let you create magical Photoshop effects with a single click, saving you a lot of time and effort. In this tutorial, I will show you how to create an action in Photoshop so that you can design your own effects for pictures.

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How to Create an Action in Photoshop

How to Create an Action in Photoshop

If you know how to make Photoshop actions, you have a powerful tool in your hands. Actions let you create magical Photoshop effects with a single click, saving you a lot of time and effort. In this tutorial, I will show you how to create an action in Photoshop so that you can design your own effects for pictures.

How to Create an Action in Photoshop

Step 1

First, you need to have a sample image that will help you see the effects of the action. Open it in Photoshop.

Step 2

Open the Actions panel. You can find it under Window > Actions.

Step 3

To create a new action, click the white card icon on the bottom of the panel.

Step 4

Give the action a name. If you want to be able to play this action with a press of a button, you can assign a Function Key to it.

Step 5

The action is being recorded now. But don’t worry, there’s no hurry. Photoshop only records your actions, and it doesn’t care how much time passes between them.

Let’s show Photoshop which actions we want it to save for later. First, create a New Layer.

You’ll notice that your action has been automatically added to the list in the Actions panel.

Step 6

Let’s fill this layer with some color. When creating an action, it’s better to avoid tools that are based on clicking on the canvas, because if you play the action on an image with a different size, it may not work properly. Always try to use something as universal and fool-proof as possible—so instead of using the Paint Bucket Tool to fill the canvas, go to Edit > Fill.

Step 7

Let’s do something fun with this layer. Right click it and select Blending Options. This panel is often used in actions, because it’s full of switches and sliders that you can use to heavily modify the layer, without having to point at anything on the canvas.

First, drag Fill Opacity down to zero. This will make the fill color invisible.

Step 8

Check Gradient Overlay and click it to see its settings.

Step 9

Change the gradient to a rainbow.

Step 10

Change the Angle of the gradient to something more interesting.

Step 11

Finally, change the Blend Mode to Color.

This method lets you apply the colors of the gradient to the image below without modifying it.

Step 12

If you like the effect, press OK and stop recording by clicking the first button in the Actions panel.

Step 13

And that’s it, our action has been recorded and saved! If you want to use it, just click the play button.

You can test it on many different images. A properly created action will give you the same results regardless of the photo you use!

That’s It! Enjoy! – SMACKWAGON

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