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Adobe Photoshop Actions, Explained in 60 Seconds

Photoshop Actions Explained

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.

Recording an Action in Adobe Photoshop

Work through the steps you want to turn into an action, and when you're done press Stop.

Stop a Photoshop Action with the Stop Button

To perform the action, select it from the list and press Play.

Press Play to Perform a Photoshop Action

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:

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