How to use photoshop actions

Photoshop actions are pre-recorded steps that can be applied to one or multiple images to save time and effort in editing. Here's how you can use a Photoshop action:

  1. Open Photoshop and the image(s) you want to edit.
  2. Open the Actions panel by going to Windows> Actions or pressing Alt + F9 on Windows or Option + F9 on Mac.
  3. Click on the "Load Actions" button in the Actions panel and navigate to the .atn file containing the action you want to use.
  4. Select the action you want to use from the list of available actions in the Actions panel.
  5. Click on the "Play" button at the bottom of the Actions panel or press the Play button in the Actions panel's fly-out menu to start the action.
  6. The action will automatically apply the pre-recorded steps to the image(s), and you can adjust any settings or layers in the Layers panel as needed.

Note: Some actions may require additional setup or customization, so be sure to read the instructions provided with the action file.

With Photoshop actions, you can save time and effort in editing and create consistent results across multiple images.

Additional setup

  1. Open your photo in Photoshop and ensure that the "Background layer" is locked. If your photo is not merged with the background, set it to merge layers by pressing Ctrl + E or manually selecting the photo and clicking "Flatten Image" in the Layers panel. If your photo already has a locked background layer, you can skip this step.

  2. Ensure that your photo is in RGB color mode. You can do this by going to Image > Mode and checking that "RGB color" is selected, as well as "8 Bits/Channel".

  3. Click on the menu icon in the Layers panel, and select "Panel Options". Check the "Add 'copy' to Copied Layers and Groups" option or mark all the points.

  4. Load the brush file by double-clicking on the "Brushes (Load me 1st)" file. This will load the brush into Photoshop.

  5. Create a new layer and name it "brush" (all lowercase).

  6. Load the Photoshop action by going to Window > Actions, clicking on the menu icon in the Actions panel, and selecting "Load Actions". Then, find the action on your computer and open it.

  7. Select the action you want to use from the Actions panel and click "Play" to run the action.

  8. Wait for a few minutes for the action to complete its task.

Make sure to follow each step carefully to ensure that the Photoshop action works properly.