Actions are pre-recorded commands that you can play back. There are some actions that come with your Photoshop and there are the ones that you create. We are going to start with the Actions included in Photoshop:

  1. Open a picture in Photoshop. Duplicate it by selecting Image, Duplicate, and then work on the copy.
  2. On the right side of your window, you’ll see the Palettes. One of those should say Actions. If you can’t find it, you can open the Actions palette by clicking on Window, Actions. Once you are in the Actions tab, move your cursor to the right of the tab and click on the arrows pointing to the right. That is going to open a dialogue box. Choose Clear All Actions.
  3. Click on the same Actions palette arrows again and click on Load Actions. When the new window appears, choose Image Effects and click on Load.
  4. You are going to have the Image Effects folder open (this is an Action Set) and all the different actions inside that set. So, every time you see a folder-like icon, that represents an Action Set that contains different Actions inside. 
  5. Click on any of the Actions.
  6. At the bottom of your Actions tab, you are going to see some buttons. One is an arrow pointing to the right, that is the Play button. Click on it to start playing the action that you chose.
  7. Wait for a little and see how your picture changed.
  8. Go back in your History Palette or just make another copy of the picture and keep experimenting with other Actions.


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