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Introduction

Actions are only one of the Adobe Photoshop Automate commands; however, they're so important to consistency and efficiency, they deserve their own chapter. Actions are Photoshop's way of relieving you of the mind-numbing task of repeating an operation over and over again. For example, you're recovering 55 images from your digital camera, and each image needs to be converted into a specific size and resolution. Instead of repeating the conversion process 55 times, you perform the conversion process once, and save it as a repeatable action.

Actions are similar to recording information on a tape; they record Photoshop commands and, like a tape recorder, can be played back at any time. Actions can be applied to any number of images. You can modify existing actions, and save them into a user-defined set. It's even possible to save them and send them to any other Photoshop user. Actions have been a part of Photoshop since version 5, and each evolution of the Actions palette has seen new features and abilities. In Photoshop, it's now possible to create an action out of almost any command, filter, or adjustment; including blending mode operations to layers. This chapter is dedicated to the masses of Photoshop users who are tired of doing something over and over again. If you have ever considered using actions as a part of your design workflow, then you're in for a wonderful journey of discovery.


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