Photoshop CS6: Automations By RC Concepcion

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Learn how to automate common processes in Adobe Photoshop from creating actions and batch processing, to creating Droplets. This class will teach you how to use your time more efficiently and leverage some of the new features of Photoshop CS6.

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RC Concepcion


RC is an award winning photographer and author of the best selling books “Get Your Photography On the Web” and “The HDR Book” by Peachpit Press. He is an education and curriculum developer for the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, hosts the popular podcasts “Photoshop User TV” and “Photography Tips and Tricks...

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  1. Profile photo of thegaijin thegaijin

    Thanks for the lesson. I have a question maybe someone can help with.
    When I create a new action, it only works if the layer name is the same as the layer I used when I created the action…
    For example if the layer I first created the new action on was called “background”, the action won’t work if I try to run it on another file with a layer name “face” or whatever. Does anyone know what I’m doing wrong?

    1. Profile photo of CovenantCA CovenantCA

      Yes! Simply avoid using named layers in your actions. Instead, use keyboard shortcuts to navigate layers.
      To clarify, if you duplicated a layer and want to go back to the original layer, DO NOT CLICK ON LAYER NAME. Doing that locks the name of the layer into the action, and as you say, you may not have a layer called ‘Background’.
      Rather, CTRL-[ to go down one layer in the stack. CTRL-] to go up a layer. The action will record the key presses.
      This lets you start your actions from any layer in the stack without hitting a problem. Ever.

      1. Profile photo of CovenantCA CovenantCA

        Um…OK. I meant ALT/Opt-[ and ALT/Opt-].
        CTRL moves the selected layer up and down the stack. This could prove confusing. :)

  2. Profile photo of Artisan-west Artisan-west

    In Photoshop CC 2014.2.2 I cannot drag a set (containing actions) into another set (called Actions Backup) as shown in lesson 7 video. I have to save each set separately.

  3. Profile photo of lucienr lucienr

    Good course ! I find it useful for me. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  4. Profile photo of Gary Slawsky Gary Slawsky

    EXCELLENT!!! Clear concise and well organized. Easily one of my favorites. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  5. Profile photo of Barbara Smyers Barbara Smyers

    Great info. I really appreciate the in-depth level that this course was taken. As a fairly avid PS user, I learned several new tips that were very helpful! I didn’t see the download information for the Adobe Configurator in the description (possibly an oversight of mine) but easily found it at by searching for it. Thanks for the course….I’m looking forward to having my own custom panel within PS, what a terrific feature I never knew about! —- Yes, please post my feedback

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