Lights, Camera... Photoshop Actions

A kid on a Christmas morning -- that is how I feel right now upon re-discovering photoshop actions. 

Ever since I came up with an idea to put together hundreds and hundreds of photos for my kids, I have been racking my brains for the last 24hours on how to edit my pictures in photoshop in the fastest & easiest way possible with all the photographs looking in a uniform manner... and all of a sudden, I realize that the solution was right under my nose! 

Photoshop Actions!!! 


A Photoshop action is a recording of a sequence of commands and operations that you can save and access later on. For those unfamiliar with Photoshop actions, they’re simply pre-recorded tasks that you can save and reuse anytime. Photoshop actions commonly have an .atn file extension. Installing a Photoshop action for more recent versions of Photoshop is easy: simply drag the .atn file onto the Actions palette or place it directly inside your Adobe Photoshop\Presets\Photoshop Actions folder. 


To give you a more visual definition, see below.




And here are the images that I have so far edited together with the original pictures. Originals (on the left) & Edited (on the right).
















In the end, not only does it save you a lot of time, but it gives you more uniformity in your photos when you need to lay it out side by side. There are a lot of photoshop actions available on line - some for free and some are not. It really depends on how you would like your picture to end up looking. And if you get a bit frustrated of not getting what you truly want with your photos, you can even make your own photoshop action.


3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks!!

Kate said...

sweet!

Kate said...

glad that you added the Like button!