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New To Me: Actions

Thu Sep 01, 2016 9:39 pm

Actions are wonderful as a shortcut to anything you frequently do in Photoshop with multiple steps.

Here's how to create an action that duplicates a layer


1. Choose a file or element from your stash. (If your file has multiple layers, make the layer you want to duplicate active)

2. Choose Actions from the top pull-down menu.
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3. Click on the CREATE NEW SET button
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4. Name the set something like My Action Set
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5. With your new Action set highlighted, choose the CREATE NEW ACTION button
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6. Use these settings in the dialogue box (or choose your own Function key and modifiers)
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7. Click OK

8. Choose Layer/Duplicate Layer from the top pull-down menu
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9. Choose NEW for the location than click OK
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Type a name (optional)

10. Click on the STOP RECORDING button
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Now anytime you want to duplicate a layer as a new file, just use your new shortcut.

FYI: Be careful that you are not overwriting a keyboard shortcut that uses a Function key (example: F1 F2 F3)
Actions will wipe out any keyboard shortcut that uses the same function key and modifiers.

Useless information: I like to use this action when I have a large number of layers and I want to place a copy of that layer multiple layers away.
Easier to duplicate the layer to a new file and insert it where I want it than to make a copy and and drag to its new location inside the layers pallet.

More useless information It's a snap to create an action to make your layer a smart object. Just follow the same rules as above. You can use the same Action Set you created, click on it to choose it then follow steps 5-10

Let us know what time-saving actions you create!

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