Speed up your editing and graphic design workflow with actions.
Adobe Photoshop actions are a user-built series of recorded tasks or commands that you can play back and record on single or multiple files. They’re similar to macros or shortcuts in that they help you automate tasks.
Save time with shortcuts.
Cut out the repetition when editing photos. Record your commands and save them as an action to repeat again and again.
Customize and share with others.
Actions are easy to export and import. Create your own or find actions that help you make creative solutions to problems.
Manage batches with ease.
If you’re applying photo effects, color grading, fixing light leaks, and skin retouching, working at volume can be a chore. Actions give you the tools you need to complete repetitive tasks quickly.
Combine across workflows.
Thanks to their customizability, actions can be modified to fit and suit the needs of new tasks as they appear.
How to create and use a Photoshop action.
Here’s how you can create a basic action in Photoshop.
1. Plan it:
Think about what you’re trying to record, and come up with the most efficient sequence of commands for it.
2. Create it:
In the Actions panel, click the Create New Action button, and assign a hotkey for it.
3. Record it:
Click Begin Recording and the recording button will turn red to show you’re live.
4. Save it:
Once you’ve finished all your commands, hit the Esc key or select Stop Recording.
5. Use it:
Use your hotkey to repeat the saved action. Or repeat it with a single click of the play button.