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Advanged Create your own actions in Photoshop
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An action is a series of tasks that you play back on a single file or a batch of files - menu commands, palette options, tool actions, and so on. You can create an action that changes the size of an image, applies a filter to the image for a particular effect, and then saves the file in the desired format. Nice, is't it !

To create a new action:
- Click on "create new action"
- Name it
- Perform the steps you want the action to perform for you
- Then you are done press stop. Your action is now saved.
- Then you want to play it after you set it up - just push "play"

This is a great time saver then you have to do the same tasks over and over.

My favourite action and how to make it
Here is how to set up a resize + save + close action. I use this all the time.*
Open the action panel
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Create a new action in the group where you want it
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Name it and pick a shortcut for the action (that makes it really useful, since you do not need the action panel open to run it, you just press your shortcut key)
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Now I resize my image to use on the forum
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I save over the file I am working on and close the file
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Once I added all the steps I want, I stop recording by pressing the little stop symbol
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now my action is ready to run on any picture

* I am using Photoshop CS5 so things may look different in your version
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Very useful! Thank you Mac!
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Clap That is an awesome tip! I never thought of creating an action to resize in Photoshop. I always think of actions as photofilters or tools I use for creating special effects. It never occurred to me to create one for something as simple as resizing. I'll definitely start thinking about actions differently. Thanks!
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