Actions and Automation for Photoshop CS4

Actions and Automation for Photoshop CS4
by Al Ward

Learn the automated workflow.
110 Minutes of training from the world's foremost expert on actions. Al has created more than 100,000 actions commercially over 10 years!

This is the first time he has ever revealed his workflow on video, What a treat.

Imagine never having to do the same thing twice in Photoshop! Record an action once and use it over and over again. You will learn all there is to know about creating and using actions. Then really kick it into high-gear and learn all about batch processing. You can apply actions to thousands of images automatically.

This means that your computer is doing all the work, while you are away doing something else. For the first time ever, Actions Guru, Al Ward shares all his secrets on actions and automation. You will be amazed at the things you can do with actions!

This fast loading DVD ROM contains 110 minutes of brand new sharp video. The advanced interface allows the user to instantly jump to any of the 39 lessons with complete control over the playback, so you can follow along at your own pace! Free bonus actions are included on the disk

If you are looking to slash your worktime; photographer, scrapper, designer or hobbyist; this disk is for you!

Let your computer do the work for you!
Disc(s) PSCS4CSAXAUDP $49.99
All Lessons

This clip gives you a basic introduction to Actions and Photoshop’s automation and recording features.

Actions Panel
In this clip I demonstrate how to access the Actions panel.

Panel Modes
The Actions Menu has a number of useful controls for recording, playing, editing and loading actions.

Playback modes
There are 2 different modes the Actions Panel can assume: Button Mode and Edit/List mode. These features are covered here.

Action Sets
What is the difference between an Action Set and an Action? Let’s find out.

Loading sets
In order to play an action, it must be plugged into Photoshop.

Toggle Commands
Learn how to turn commands in an action on and off.

The Actions Panel has a number of controls for recording and editing actions.

Controls pt 2
Many of the Action recording and playback functions are also accessed via the Actions Panel Menu.

Remove actions
Actions and Action Sets are easily removed and replaced in the Actions Panel.

Playback actions
Let’s look at Action playback ‘in action’.

Create Action
Create a simple action: Part 1

Create action pt 2
Create a simple action: Part 2

Create action pt3
Create a simple action: Part 3

Test Action
Once created, an Action should be tested to ensure it is working properly.

Duplicate Action
You may choose to duplicate some commands in your actions: here’s how.

Rename / resave
Duplicating Actions and Commands: Part 2

Building Sets
Time to build your own Action Set.

Stop Message
Stop messages help to guide the way with additional information.



Playback Stop
There are times you may want to stop an action before it is finished. Here’s how.

Pause Command
This shows how to pause an action at certain steps or commands.

Add to Actions
Adding new commands to actions.

Actions making Actions
Using actions as foundations for new actions is a popular trick. Allow me to demonstrate.

Batch Process
Tying Actions to Batch Processing increases productivity and saves time. The next 4 videos show you exactly.

Batch Process pt 2
Batch Processing, Part 2

Batch Process pt 3
Batch Processing, Part 3

Batch Process pt 4
Batch Processing, Part 4

Similar to Batch Processing, Droplets are wonderful time savers for ‘Power Users’.

Inset Menu Item
Insert menu commands into actions using the Insert Menu Item feature.

Combining Actions
Combine Actions with other actions to double their power!

Watermarking photos is a highly sought after function. Actions allow you to do this with one click of the mouse.

Watermarks pt2
Use Batch to watermark hundreds or even thousands of images while you are away from your computer!

Action as text
Save an action as a text file and print your own Photoshop tutorials.

Automation Features
Photoshop has additional automation features other than actions: we’ll look at them here.

Re-record commands for some interesting Action variations.

Action Examples
Action Examples - Part 1

Action Examples pt 2
Action Examples - Part 2

Action Examples pt 3
Action Examples - Part 3

Action FX site
Visit for over 125,000 Actions, Brushes, Shapes and other Photoshop presets!


And View FREE Tutorials
For News, Articles, Events
Read Product Reviews
Read Testimonials

on SC Training Programs
Twitter YouTube Facebook

Popular Trainers

Jack Davis
Photoshop, ACR, Lightroom

Colin Smith
Photoshop, Lightroom

Jane Conner-ziser
Photoshop, Painter

Dean Collins
Photo Lighting

Jim DiVitale
Photoshop, Photo Lighting

Monte Zucker
Photo Lighting

Jack Reznicki
Photo Lighting

Eddie Tapp
Photoshop, ACR, Bridge

Randy Hufford
Photo Printing