Play an existing action in a new action

1. Click the Play selection button on the

Actions palette.

2. Click the Stop playing/recording button B

on the Actions palette. A new layer is created. Compare your Actions palette to Figure 27.

3. Click the History palette tab History ^ then click Snapshot 1.

TIP Some default actions create a snapshot as their initial step. For this reason, you might see multiple snapshots on the History palette.

4. Click the Actions palette tab Actions

5. Click the Button Drop Shadow action.

6. Click the Play selection button ► on the

Actions palette.

7. Save your work, then compare your image to Figure 28 and your Layers palette to Figure 29.

The Water Reflection action added a reflection beneath the buttons.

You included the Water Reflection action in the Button Drop Shadow action. You used the snapshot to revert to the image's original appearance and replayed the action, which modified the image.

Create a droplet

1. Click File on the menu bar, point to Automate, then click Create Droplet.

2. Click Choose in the Create Droplet dialog box.

The Save dialog box opens.

3. Type Button Drop Shadow-Reflection in the

File name text box (Win) or Save as text box (Mac) in the Save dialog box.

4. Click the Save in list arrow (Win) or Where list arrow (Mac), then click Desktop, as shown in Figure 30.

TIP You can create a droplet on your hard drive by clicking the Save in list arrow (Win) or Where list arrow (Mac), and clicking the location where you want to store the file.

5. Click Save.

6. Click the Action list arrow in the Create Droplet dialog box, then click Button Drop Shadow (if it is not already selected). Compare your dialog box settings to Figure 31.

You created a droplet using the Button Drop Shadow action and saved it to the desktop for easy access.

FIGURE 30

Save dialog box

FIGURE 30

Save dialog box

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Create Droplet dialog box

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Image updated by droplet

FIGURE 33

Image updated by droplet

Run a droplet

1. Minimize all open windows so the desktop is visible, then compare your desktop to Figure 32.

2. Maximize the Photoshop window.

3. Click the History palette tab History ^ then click Snapshot 1.

4. Save your work, close the Hawaiian Vacation image, then minimize Photoshop.

TIP When Photoshop is not running, activating a droplet automatically launches the program.

5. Locate the closed Hawaiian Vacation image on your hard drive, using the file management program of your choice, then adjust the windows so you can see the Hawaiian Vacation file and the droplet icon on the desktop.

6. Drag the Hawaiian Vacation file onto the droplet icon (on the desktop).

The Photoshop window is restored, the Hawaiian Vacation image opens, and the action is replayed.

TIP Sometimes a file automatically closes after a droplet has been applied. To see the applied droplet, you must reopen the file.

7. Save your work, then compare your screen to Figure 33.

8. Close the file and exit Photoshop, then drag the droplet to the location where your Data Files are stored.

You returned the image to its original appearance by using Snapshot 1 on the History palette, and closed the file. Then you tested the droplet by dropping the Hawaiian Vacation file onto the droplet.

Understanding Adobe Photoshop Features You Will Use

Understanding Adobe Photoshop Features You Will Use

Adobe Photoshop can be a complex tool only because you can do so much with it, however for in this video series, we're going to keep it as simple as possible. In fact, in this video you'll see an overview of the few tools and Adobe Photoshop features we will use. When you see this video, you'll see how you can do so much with so few features, but you'll learn how to use them in depth in the future videos.

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