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Photoshop Quickies #15 – How to use Photoshop Action

Photoshop action saves you some repetitive task in Adobe Photoshop. It saves time and effort. It helps you perform a task the easy way instead of going through the herculean task of clicking one command after another.

These actions (with file extension .atn) are easy to use because they are recorded actions that with the click of a button can be applied to your own work. Actions can be recorded in Photoshop too by using the Action Palette (Window/Action). There are loads of free Photoshop actions on the internet today, recorded by people like you. Although Photoshop itself comes with some default actions that can also be used.

I will be using a photograph of one of my friends, Justin Ukaegbu, a renowned blogger and art director for this tutorial.

Step 1:

After downloading your action file from the internet or whichever source you know, the next thing is to install it. Open up your Action Palette, click on the top corner of the Palette box as indicated in the diagram below:

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Step 2:

Click on ‘Load’ from the drop-down menu and select your action file extension from wherever it is  saved. I saved mine on the Desktop.


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Step 3:

Select the action file from the action palette and click on play, and the recorded action will be played on your image. The change is as shown below:

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These are the 3 basic steps we have for you today, have a fun-filled and creative day ahead.


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