Welcome to our Photoshop in 60 Seconds series, in which you can learn a Photoshop skill, feature, or technique in just a minute!
Photoshop in 60 Seconds: Photoshop Actions
What are actions? Actions are a tool in Adobe Photoshop for automating repetitive steps and adding consistency to your workflow. With a single click of a button you can add multiple layers, transform your image, or do anything else you normally do within Photoshop.
For example, I've created an action that adds three separate sharpening layers and a text layer with my watermark. I use it to finish every portrait I edit.
How to Use Photoshop Actions
To create an action, open the Actions panel and press the Record button.
Work through the steps you want to turn into an action, and when you're done press Stop.
To perform the action, select it from the list and press Play.
Want to see this in action? Check out the video above to see this lesson at work!
A Bit More Detail
Want to learn more about Adobe Photoshop's vast tools and settings? Check out these tutorials below:
- In Defence of Presets: 5 Reasons to Automate Your Post-Production WorkflowHarry Guinness27 Nov 2015
- How to Speed Up Your Adobe Photoshop Workflow With Custom Built ActionsHarry Guinness12 May 2015
- 15 Photoshop Actions For Portraits Under $10Marie Gardiner25 May 2016
- Photoshop in 60 Seconds: How to Sharpen Images With Photoshop ActionsMelody Nieves31 Oct 2016