Photoshop Fun: Actions


Because of projects I have to do for my job, I have Photoshop on my computer. However, I hardly ever use it for my personal photos. Pretty much because it’s super intimidating and I always get stuck trying to do the simplest things. I’d rather edit my photos in my user-friendly iphoto thank you very much.

It’s been a process but I’ve gotten to know my friend, Photoshop, a bit more and more. What’s funny though is that I really didn’t know how to edit pictures. I could make fun graphics but if someone wanted me to actually edit a picture, I would head straight to iphoto and do my typical edits.

All this changed when I discovered a tool in Photoshop called “Actions.”

What are actions you may ask? Actions are simply a means to record all the commands used to generate an effect in Photoshop for re-application later.

What I discovered is that people who are skilled in the Photoshop have posted their “actions” online for downloading. So all I have to do is download them and with a click of a button, their edits are applied to my picture!

Here are some examples of actions I applied to a picture of Chauncey.

Here is the original picture I took of him a few days ago.

Here are some of the actions I applied.

All of these were done with one click!

I’m excited about the potential this brings to my photo editing.


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