If you're a graphic designer or a photographer, Photoshop actions are one of the handiest time-saving tools you can have in your utility belt. Really they're like magic, allowing you to transform your photos and designs with a single click. For those of you that have never ventured into the wonderful world of Photoshop actions, this guide is for you.
Together with help from one of our shops, Design Panoply, we've put together this introduction to actions. In this post we'll talk about what an action is, why they're useful, and how you can get started using Photoshop actions today.
What are Photoshop actions?
Photoshop actions come in the .ATN file format and put simply, actions are a series of steps that have been recorded by their creator. This sequence of steps can then be reapplied at any time, which allows you to recreate the end result without having to go through each individual step every time. Think of them as short cuts.