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Complete Guide to Using Actions in Photoshop

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Whenever you perform a repetitive task in Photoshop, you can save yourself time and effort by using actions. Helen Bradley's quick-start guide explains what a Photoshop action is, how to find and play an action, and how to record your own.

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Whenever you perform a task more than a few times in Photoshop, recording an action to do the work can save a lot of time. It also improves accuracy, as the action never gets tired or forgetful—it won’t omit a step or perform steps in the wrong order.

When you’re faced with a one-off task, see if someone else has already provided a solution and save yourself from reinventing the wheel. It’s usually worth a quick search of the web to see whether there’s an action that will take you all or partway to your solution. The Adobe Studio Exchange is a valuable source of actions, and many other actions are available by searching with your favorite search engine.