How to Create an Action in Photoshop

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For this tutorial I’ll create a black & white action, starting with this image I took in NYC:


The first thing I need to do is go to the Window menu. Then I’ll select Actions:


Now the Actions palette has come up. What I have to do here is create a set, so I’ll click on the create a new set icon:


Here the New Set dialog box comes up and I’ll rename it “Black & White”. Then I’ll click OK:


Now I need to record the action, so I’ll click on the create new action icon:


The New Action dialog box comes up, and I’ll name it “B&W”:


Now I’ll click on the record button. The next steps I take to create a black and white photo will be recorded into this action.


Now it’s time to make the black and white photo. I’ll go to Image/Adjustments/Black & White:


Here the Black and White dialog box comes up. I’ll move the adjustment sliders to my liking, and then I’ll click OK:


Here you can see that the black and white conversion was added to the Actions palette:


Now I want to add some brightness and contrast. So, I’ll go to Image, Adjustments, Brightness/Contrast:


The Brightness/Contrast dialog box comes up and I’ll make my adjustments. When I click OK, it will be added to the action:


Here it is added to the Actions palette:


Before I stop the recording I’m going to save the action. Here I’ll open the options for the Actions palette:


When the option bar drops down, I’ll pick Save Action. Then click Save:


When the folder comes up, I’ll just click Save again:


Now I can stop the recording by clicking on the square stop button:


After I hit the stop button, all the icons turn gray:


To play the action later on with a different photo, I’ll make sure the B&W action is active. Then I’ll just click on the play button at the bottom of the palette:


Have fun!

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Comments (6)

  • Monika

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    Thank, you it seems simple and very useful!!

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  • Jayanta Das

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    I am really amazed to get such good informations about photoshop,I really enjoyed the tutorials and other subject matter in this site and I shall be waiting for other tutorials regarding other softwares.

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  • Anonymous

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    thanks for your tutorial on changing the color of the background I looked at lot of tutorial and you are the greatest

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  • Syaifull Maulana Abbidin

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    Thank you very much.. 🙂

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