There are several basic ways to create an action in Photoshop.
The first is to figure out what you and how to do it then go back and record your
actions. This, however, leads to the problem of forgetting what you have done, and
having a hard time remembering it. One way to remedy this is to have a note pad
handy and write down your steps and settings.
My preferred way is to create a new action and start manipulating the image. This
way every step is recorded and perfectly duplicated. Even though I may not have any
idea on what I plan to do, many great effects can be recorded and not lost. Using
this method does mean going back and erasing everything you have done in the action
at times. Itís common for the end result to not be usable.
I constantly have a Test Action created that I use to record when playing around
with images. Any time I use the revert command I delete the Test Action and create a
new one and start from scratch. I will also do this if I am not happy with the way
the image is coming out. Many of my actions, such as my painting action, have been
created in this way.
Another way to create actions is to start with someone elseís action and build on
it. One example is my Sketch Action. I was not happy with the sketch filter, so I
downloaded several different sketch actions from on-line sites. I found one on Adobe
Exchange that I liked, but felt it needed improving.
Once I loaded their action and ran it, I pressed record and started to manipulate
the image like normal. After several attempts I ended up with the one I now use.
Every time I wasn't happy with the image I would delete the action and reload the
base action I downloaded. This allowed me to try several techniques until I got it
Donít be afraid to record your actions. Even though only about one out of twenty
attempts of mine actually make it into my keeper actions, I have lost too many
effects by not saving them and not being able to remember what I did to forgo the
Persistence pays off.
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The dunes look huge on Coast Guard Beach, eaten away by the virulent winter storms the past few years. Phil took this photograph of me a few days ago. At first I thought… wow! And then I looked back at a similar photograph that he took last year about this time and the dunes don’t … Continue reading The Dunes Are Huge At Coast Guard Beach On Cape Cod!
Love The Flats On Cape Cod Bay At First Encounter Beach.
It was such a pretty day with so many fluffy, white clouds in the blue, blue sky. First Encounter Beach, where the Native Americans first encountered the Pilgrims on Cape Cod, was just beautiful. The tide was low so you could see the flats go out for what looks like miles. You can even see … Continue reading Love The Flats On Cape Cod Bay At First Encounter Beach.
The Surf Was Up At Nauset Light Beach On Cape Cod!
The waves were perfect for surfing at Nauset Light Beach in Eastham and the surfers were out trying to catch that “perfect wave.” It was great fun watching them all, especially on a cold, windy day in the middle of winter. Dedication!