Digital Tutorial by Beth Price,
What Are They? Where are They?
Actions in Photoshop allow users to combine a series of commands into one quick button in order to create an enhanced or new look. Here are some free actions you can try out, but don’t stop here, keep looking and you’ll be amazed. You can find actions available to create all kinds of effects on your photos, such as black and white conversion, sepia, cartoon, and lots more. You can also find actions that create special text effects, such as the free chipboard action at atomiccupcake.com.
You’ll have to look up directions for installing actions depending on the version of Photoshop you use. It seems each version of PhotoShop Elements has its own set of instructions, so I refer you to this site at About.com for specifics on loading actions into your particular software.
I use PSE 5, and because it’s the newest version, there aren’t as many actions that will work on this software. It seems some scripts use commands that PSE 5 can’t read. And not all .atn (action) files disclose if they are compatible, so all I can say is, load them and try it! You can simply delete them if they don’t work. That being said, I love using actions on my pages when I want that little something extra.
Here are a couple examples of what a difference an action can make in a photo –
And here is a lovely portrait of a landscape, showing before and after with Dave Jaseck’s midnight sepia action.
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