Photoshop 7: Creating Your Own Actions
Objectives: To learn to automate your production process
in Photoshop 7 by creating actions to perform frequent or
Tools/Techniques: Actions, recording and editing actions
Once you start working with Photoshop 7 for some time you'll
find that your projects require many of the same, repetitive
actions and tasks. By creating custom actions for your more
routine tasks, you'll have more time for more important things:
Step 1: Getting
In this example I'm going to create a custom action for one
of the tasks I do most often: Creating thumbnails from images
and then applying some basic effects such as adding a drop
shadow and then optimizing them for export.
- Open the Actions
- Create a New
Set for your Action. I prefer to create new Sets for
my own actions rather than add my actions to Photoshop's
Default Actions. It just helps to keep everything organized.
- Name your new Set. I named my new Set: "Image
- Create a new Action by clicking the "Create New Action"
button. In the New
Actions window, give your new Action a name and select
which Set you want it to belong to by clicking on the Set
drop down menu. Click Record to close the window and begin
recording your action.
Step 2: Recording
Every action you perform from now on until you click the
"Stop playing/recording" button will be recorded.
- Begin applying your effects and edits to your image
- Click the "Stop playing/recording" button when
you're finished with your steps
Here's what my new Action looked like after I finished recording
Each step in the new action is in the exact order in which
it was performed.
Once an action has been recorded, it's still completely editable.
You can delete, add, or rearrange the order of the steps.
In the following steps we will go through editing actions.
Step 3: Editing
In this next step, you will learn to add an additional step
to an action. It's not unusual for me to customize my own
other actions to suit a particular need. Remember, the more
you work with actions the better off you'll be if you keep
them organized by using Action
Adding A Step To Your Action:
In this example, let's say I decided I wanted to apply a
Sharpen filter to my thumbnail immediately after I resized
- In the Action Palette, click on the Image Size step.
- Click "Begin Recording" button to record the
- Perform the Sharpen step by going up to Filter>Sharpen
- Click the "Stop playing/recording" button to
As you can see in the image below, the Sharpen step is applied
immediately after the Image Size step: