Photoshop Actions Speed Your Work

One of the truly wonderful things about Photoshop is the Actions feature. Actions are little scripts that can be called upon with a click of your mouse to perform everything from basic tasks to elaborate effects. They are especially helpful when performing tasks that are simple yet time consuming, like converting batches of photos from one size to another, to name just one. But other actions are so much FUN, because they can quickly create photo frames, textures, and an infinite number of other things. Some Actions come with your Photoshop program. Others can be purchased from companies and individuals. And, of course, you can make your own Actions, too!

I’ve made a number of Actions that I use in my work, and others just for fun projects. From time to time I plan to share some of these Actions with you, but first you need to know how to load them into Photoshop and use them. With that in mind, here are some simple steps to get you started.

Watch for some free Actions to be posted here in the near future!

How To Load & Use Actions In Photoshop

After you have downloaded the DeeDoo Action Set zip file, unzip the Action Set zip file and save it to a place you will remember on your computer. Be sure to pay attention to where it tells you it is going to download the zip file BEFORE you click ‘Save’!

  1. Copy the Dee Doo Action Set .atn file to the directory of your choice.
  2. With your Photoshop program open:
    • From the MENU Bar choose Window>Actions
    • In the Actions palette, click on the tiny black triangle in the top right corner
    • Click on “Load Actions”
    • Find the Dee Doo Action .atn file in the directory where you just saved it
    • Select the Action and open the file – this will load the action into the Actions palette so you may choose it in a later step.

To USE the new Dee Doo Action .atn file:

  1. With the Actions Pallette open, click on the arrow on the left of the Dee Doo Action folder to open it.
  2. Highlight the ‘file’ name on the second line of the Action set.
  3. Click on the Play arrow at the bottom of the Actions palette to start the Action.
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