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Photoshop CS5: The Missing Manual by Lesa Snider

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Chapter 18. Working Smarter with Actions

It’s fun to spend hours playing and working in Photoshop, but once you’ve used the program for a while, you’ll start to notice that you repeat the same steps over and over on most of your images. At first, the repetition probably won’t bother you—it’s actually good while you’re learning—but when a deadline approaches and the boss is eyeing you impatiently, you need a way to speed things up.

Luckily, Photoshop includes all manner of automated helpers (some of which you’ve already learned about), including:

One of the best timesavers of all, however, is actions—an all-purpose, amazingly customizable system for automating mundane tasks like adding or duplicating layers, running filters with specific settings, and so on. You can use actions to record nearly every keystroke and menu choice you make and then play them back on another image or ...

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