In This Chapter
Working with actions in the Actions panel
Playing preset actions
Recording a new action
Editing and organizing actions
Using actions sets
Processing batches of files
Creating droplet applets
Practice makes perfect — but when repeating the same steps in Photoshop over and over, the result is often tedium and impatience. You wouldn't want to have to reinvent the wheel each time you go for a spin around the block, so why repeat the actions that carry out specific tasks in Photoshop if you don't have to? Photoshop lets you record steps by using a fast and fun feature called Actions. Photoshop also has presets for popular actions, such as creating a wood frame, simulating water reflections, or providing a molten-lead look. This chapter shows you how to take advantage of Photoshop's presets, as well as its macro-recording and editing capabilities.
Not surprisingly, Photoshop has a panel dedicated to the automation of various chores. To view the Actions panel, choose Window
Button mode: A convenient, compact mode that hides all the inner workings of the actions, presenting only a list of buttons that you can click to trigger a particular macro. Button mode is fast and easy; just click and go.
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