Action Scripts are Photoshop ‘s macro scripts. You just “record” a series of actions and save them for future or batch use. You can record anything, from stuff as simple as an image resize operation to a complex series of adjustments and optimizations. You can check out our Lomography Action Script to see an example of a pretty complex script.
Open up an image and file and lets get started!
First off, we must make the Actions window visible. Go to the Window menu and enable the Actions panel.
The Action panel will allow you to create new Action Sets (folders) and Actions. It also allows you to start / stop the recording and adjust any action after you’ve recorded it.
Let’s create a simple image Resize and Hue/ Saturation Action Script.
Start by creating a new Action Folder (New Set). Press the Right-most arrow and select the New Set entry. Name it as you please.
Select our New Action Folder and click the Right-most arrow again and select the New Action entry. Once you do this, your new action will immediately start recording.
This Photoshop Action will contain all the changes you make to this image. Well, let’s jump right in. Click the Image menu and select the Image Size entry. Set it to whatever size you want and press ok.
Notice that the adjustment is recorded in the Actions panel. Go to the Image / Adjustments menu and select the Hue/ Saturation entry
Set whatever values you want.
Notice that it again appears in Photoshop ‘s Action list. This is all we want to record for now. Click the right-most arrow again and press the Stop Recording button.
If you think you’ve missed something, you can always continue your recording by pressing the
Start Recording button.
To use your new Action Script, just go to the File / Automate menu and click the Batch entry.
Select your Photoshop Action from the Drop-down list and what to apply it on (the files you have opened in Photoshop or entire folders of images)
When you’re satisfied with your result, just select the Action Folder you’ve created and press the Save Actions button.
To import your Photoshop actions (for use on another PC or MAC) just copy the file you’ve saved earlier and double click it or drag and drop it into Photoshop.
Keep in mind that you can record absolutely anything with actions so it’s all up to you. Action Scripts are incredibly flexible. Even manually applying them to every image (and tweaking the settings from the action panel) will save you a lot of time.
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