While Adobe Photoshop has a host of automation tools, one of the most versatile and powerful of them is called an action. In fact, some of the other automation commands, such as batches and droplets, derive their functionality from actions.
An action is like a macro or script; however, while scripts have a reputation for being confusing and difficult, actions are very easy to create. If you know how to use Photoshop, you know most of what you need to create your own actions.
For example, let’s say that you have 100 digital photos that you’d like to post on the Internet. Normally, you’d have to load each one, scale, color correct, sharpen, and then save them one at a time. Alternatively, you could create an action that does all the “dirty work” for you — and best of all, you’ll get consistent results in far less time than you could’ve achieved by doing it manually!
Although actions can be used to automate all sorts of tasks, some common uses include:
- batch-processing multiple images;
- applying consistent treatments;
- repeating tedious or mundane tasks; or
- distributing reproducible special effects. Continue reading