Create a custom action with Photoshop CS5

”A custom action helps you perform repeated steps quickly. An action is a series of commands that you can apply to an image with one click of a mouse. Unlike a keyboard shortcut, which can only invoke a command, an action can open a command, apply changes to an image, step through another command, apply it, and even save a file in a particular way.

You can create your own actions for steps that you do over and over and add them to the actions panel.

Using the actions panel, you record a sequence of steps and save your new action. When you need to apply the same steps to a different image, even to an entire folder of files, you play the action,and Photoshop automatically applies the steps.

Actions can help you automate your work for repetitive tasks, leaving you more time to work on creative projects.”

The steps I’m going to record as an action will be to reduce the size of an image to 607 pixels width; a task I do regularly.

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Open Photoshop and click on Window then click Actions:

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The actions panel appears:

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Click the create a new action button: the new action dialog appears:

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Type the name of your action: in this case I’ve reduced the image to a width of 607 pixels.

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Under Function Key, click and select a keyboard shortcut, I’ve selected F12.

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Now click the record button: (second from left at the bottom of the actions panel) the record button turns red.

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Here’s where you record the steps that you want to perform. As I mentioned earlier, the steps I will be performing will be to reduce the image size to 607 pixels width (notice that I have now dragged my actions panel to the right). First open your image:

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Under Image, click image size

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In the image size dialog box under width, type 607 pixels (the height will automatically adjust to the width)

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Now click ok

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The size of the image is now reduced to 607 pixels width. That’s the last step for this custom action.

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Now click the stop recording button.

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A custom action has now been recorded. In future, when an image size needs to be reduced to a width of 607 pixels, just press F12.

 

 

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