Taking Advantage of Actions
Photoshop actions can really help your session by automating tedious tasks. You can add a default action to any action you've created. A default action is an action that is prerecorded and tested, and comes with Photoshop. You can incorporate some of these nifty actions that come with Photoshop into those you create.
Identifying Default Actions
The default actions that come with Photoshop are Vignette, Frame Channel,
Wood Frame, Cast Shadow, Water Reflection, Custom RGB to Grayscale, Molten Lead, Make Clip Path (selection), Sepia Toning (layer), Quadrant Colors, Save As Photoshop PDF, and Gradient Map. In addition, there are seven action sets that come with Photoshop: Commands, Frames, Image Effects, Production, Text Effects, Textures, and Video Actions. You can load any of these action sets by clicking the Actions palette list arrow, then clicking the name of the set you want to load.
There may be times when you might need to perform the same action on multiple files. Rather than dragging each image onto a droplet, one at a time, you can combine all of the images into a batch. A batch is a group of images designated to have the same action performed on them simultaneously. You can create a batch using all of the files in one specific folder or using all of the Photoshop images that are currently open. When you have opened or organized the files you want to include in a batch, click File on the menu bar, point to Automate, then click Batch. The Batch dialog box opens, offering you options similar to those used for creating droplets. You can also use the File Browser as a source of playing an action by clicking Automate on the File Browser window menu bar.
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