Working in Button Mode

In button mode, each of the actions is displayed as a button—without the additional detail found in the list mode. Each button is displayed in the color selected when the action was created and the Play button is not displayed. In button mode, all you need to do to play an action is to click the button. Figure 17 shows the same actions in button mode. You can toggle between these two modes by clicking the Actions palette list arrow, then clicking Button Mode, as shown in Figure 18.

FIGURE 16

Actions displayed in list mode

FIGURE 17

Actions displayed in button mode

FIGURE 18

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Sepia Toning (liver)

Quadrant Colors

Save As Photoshop PDF

Gradient Map

Button Drop Shadow

Switches between list and button modes

Add steps to an action

1. Verify that the Button layer is active.

2. Click the Set Layer Styles of current layer step (the first step) in the Button Drop Shadow action on the Actions palette.

3. Click the Begin recording button 9 on the

Actions palette.

4. Click Image on the menu bar, point to Adjustments, then click Brightness/Contrast.

Change the settings in your dialog box to match the settings in Figure 20.

6. Click the Stop playing/recording button B

on the Actions palette. Compare your Actions palette to Figure 21. The Button Drop Shadow action has a new step added to it.

7. Click the History palette tab History then click Snapshot 1.

8. Click the Actions palette tab Actions

9. Click the Button Drop Shadow action, then click the Play selection button on the

Actions palette. Compare your screen to Figure 22.

You added a new step (which modified the brightness/contrast) to the Button Drop Shadow action. You then tested the modified action by using a snapshot and then playing the action.

FIGURE 20

Brightness/Contrast dialog box

FIGURE 20

Brightness/Contrast dialog box

FIGURE 22

Result of modified action

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New steps added to the Button Drop Shadow action

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Result of modified action

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