Actions


To some photographers who have cut their teeth on Photoshop, this will be a huge “duh” moment, but bear with this luddite for a bit will you?

I’ve been reading about creating an “action” in Photoshop for some time. An action is a way to automate what amounts to several mind numbing and tedious time robbing techniques. In this case, I created a “gallery print”, which mainly consists of creating some white space around the image, and then adding text as appropriate. Also, there is a “stroke”, which in this instance is a 4 pixel wide black border, which in some photos, can help delineate any white space that may exist in an image from the white space you create in the gallery print. In this instance, there isn’t really any white space, but it does create a very subtle border, which adds a certain elegance to your image. I suspect I can also add my text attributes, more on that to come after I do some experimenting.

The good news? Making actions is bloody incredibly EASY. That’s why I’m so excited about this. Anything I can do to simplify my workflow is all good.

UPDATE: Yes, you CAN create the action with text inserted, and right where you want it, with fonts and styles as you specify. This is really cool!

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