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Chapter 20. AUTOMATE

Chapter 20. AUTOMATE



AN ACTION IS A recorded sequence of menu commands, tool operations, or other image editing functions that can be played back on a single file or on a group of files. Actions are especially useful for producing consistent editing results on multiple images. For example, you could use an action to apply a series of Adjust submenu commands or a sequence of filters. You could also save a sequence of concise steps into an action to prepare multiple images for print output or to convert multiple images to a different file format or image mode.

An action can be anything from a simple keyboard shortcut to an incredibly complex series of commands that trigger still other actions or that process a whole batch of images. Actions can help you can save seconds or hours of work time, depending on how they're used. Start by recording a few simple actions. You'll be programming more complex processes and boosting your productivity in no time.

Actions can be created in Photoshop and ImageReady. The Actions palette is used to record, play back, edit, delete, save, and load actions . Each action can be assigned its own keyboard shortcut for quick access. Actions can also be accessed via droplets—small applications created from actions. Draging a file or folder full of files onto a droplet icon activates the action.






Tip

Make a snapshot of the image before running an action on it. That way, you can quickly revert, if necessary, to the pre-action state of the image, and you won't have to undo any action steps.


Tip

With the Action Palette in list (edit) mode, Alt-click/Option-click a right pointing arrowhead to expand or collapse that action's entire list of steps.



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