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General, by The Photoshop Creative Team
March 21, 2011

Photoshop Actions are the perfect solution for a busy workflow and take the hassle out of repeating effects and techniques

Improving Photoshop’s rate of fire, an action is the perfect solution for a busy workflow and takes the hassle out of repeating effects and techniques.

Actions are used to save your favourite effects so you don’t need to remember the settings used each time. Actions are addictive, and while you may have used the odd preset action now and then, the addiction only truly begins when you create your own.

Here we’ve explored the Actions palette and how you can make the most out of using this feature, as well as giving you a step-by-step on how to create your own action from scratch. A new action can be made to do anything, whether that’s changing image resolution, saving your artwork as a certain file type or applying a blend mode or layer style. Techniques and adjustments can even be applied all at once to completely overhaul an image in your ultimate action.

Actions exist to make time-consuming tasks faster.  For example, if you were looking to create a copyright symbol for applying to a collection of images. As the potential for repetition is high, you should consider using an action to save the steps you take the first time round.

For the rest of this article, see issue 72 of Photoshop Creative, where we reveal how you can create your own action to avoid having to repeat the same old steps time and time again.