The Tools of the Trade

There's a lot of different ways to speed up your workflow in Photoshop. You have several built-in choices (and even a few third-party choices). Finding the right one requires an understanding of each. Photoshop's automation tools can be a huge time-saver, and most video pros find they are pretty easy to use. There are four major categories of automation techniques:

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Actions. Actions offer the ability to generate extremely complex results. Batch processing allows you to run an action on an entire folder of images.

Droplets. By turning an action into a droplet, you can place the convenience of Photoshop Actions into a drag-and-drop utility on your desktop.

Automate commands. These perform complex production-oriented tasks with minimal effort.

Scripts. You can harness scripts to perform tasks that are more complex than actions. Creating scripts requires programming skill, but Photoshop ships with several useful scripts built in.

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The built-in Rusted Metal action can be useful for text effects or backgrounds.

The built-in Rusted Metal action can be useful for text effects or backgrounds.

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