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What Is an Action in Photoshop?

Last updated on September 23, 2022 @ 10:58 pm

An action in Photoshop is a set of recorded commands that can be played back to help automate repetitive tasks. Actions can be recorded using the Actions panel, and then played back by clicking the play button. They can also be assigned to a keyboard shortcut for easy access.

Actions can be very helpful when you need to perform the same task over and over again. For example, let’s say you need to resize a group of images to fit a specific space.

Rather than manually resizing each image one at a time, you could create an action that would do it for you. Once the action is recorded, you can simply play it back and all of the images will be resized automatically.

PRO TIP: Please be aware that some of the information in this article may be outdated. Photoshop is constantly evolving, and so some of the techniques described in this article may no longer work in the latest version of the software.

There are endless possibilities for what you can do with actions. Some common uses include:

-Resizing images
-Cropping images
-Applying filters
-Adjusting levels
-Changing color modes
-And much more!

If you find yourself performing the same task multiple times in Photoshop, chances are there’s an action that can help automate the process for you. Give it a try and see how much time you can save!

Kathy McFarland

Kathy McFarland

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