Adobe Photoshop is probably the most popular digital photo editing software. Photoshop can be used to perform enhancement, retouching, conversion, and other amazing things to a digital photo. To achieve a specific effect, the user will often need to go through some very complex and time-consuming steps. Sometimes it becomes highly desirable to be able to repeat the same effects on many photos quickly. That is where the Photoshop action really becomes handy.

An action is basically a series of Photoshop commands and tool operations that you record and play back later on a single or multiple files. It it not only a great time saver, but also a very effective learning tool: you can step through an action and watch how it applies the effect step by step.

If you are not familiar with Photoshop action, you can get started by reading the Photoshop help files or manual. Alternatively, you can simply do an online search of “Photoshop action basics” to find some basic tutorials. For example, here is a tutorial (PDF) by Glenn Mitchell.

If you are already familiar with Photoshop action, you may want to check out this large collection of free Photoshop actions at Action Central. Unlike some other photoshop action sites, Action Central is oriented more towards image editing than things like creating fancy text or web buttons.


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