Actions in Photoshop

Actions in Photoshop

Flashback Friday!  Actions in Photoshop

Sometimes you just have to go back to the first tutorial you ever created and laugh.  The audio was horrible, the content was sparse, and the personality was completely missing.  It is amazing how quickly you find your voice, though, when you put yourself out there for the world to see.

The reason I am sharing this with you is because things have come full circle.  I just recorded the latest course for f.64 Elite, A Beginner’s Guide to Workflow Automation.  You see five years ago, I thought recording actions was as simple as pressing the record button.  Boy, was I wrong!  I learned a lot over the last several years and this new course is the culmination of several thousand hours of creating Actions in Photoshop.

In the tutorial above I thought 3 minutes was enough time to explain how to make an Action in Photoshop.  These days I can barely do my intro in three minutes 🙂 The latest Actions course is just over an hour and twenty minutes and takes you on a much more robust journey than this 3-minute sneeze of a tutorial!

This comparison brings up a great point.  From then until now I have learned a ton about creating Actions.  It is a testament to how much you can accomplish in a short amount of time and a shocking view of just how much you can do with Photoshop.  I have yet to find a program or plugin that is as complex with so many little features tucked away in the nooks and crannies.


An In-Depth Look at Creating Actions in Photoshop

This course is now available for f.64 Elite Member to stream or for non-members to download ($29).

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Blake Rudis
Creator of f.64 Academy
Most people think I am passionate about Photography, but in reality I am not.


Wait, before you freak out, you are on a photo site, I am addicted to post processing. To be more specific, I am addicted to workflow efficiency and cracking the codes to complex systems. That's what I do here, crack the code to photo post processing and present it in a concise way, for you :)
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  1. You want to know how I learned actions? Early on, I saw this button, one day, in Photoshop. So, I clicked it. Didn’t see that it did anything, so, I went on my merry way, piddling around in PS. The next day, I opened Photoshop. For whatever reason, I returned to the Actions panel and clicked another button. Things started happening! I wasn’t even touching my mouse or keyboard! Layers were popping up and changes were being made. At some point, I recognized what was happening as ALL THE STUFF I had done the day before! THAT is when I figured out what an action does. LOL

    I use them for my ‘all the time’ stuff, too, like resizing to post, adding my siggy/watermark, etc.

    Nice, simple video! I’m glad you tried it and, apparently, stuck with it! I enjoy them! Only thing is, I would have used adjustment layers. Just saying. LOL

    I have enjoyed your site since finding it! Thank you!


    • One heck of a way to learn!

      This was a video from 5 years ago, hence the lack of adjustment layers. I have learned a lot over the last 5 years. Talk about progress, lol!

  2. Enjoying the heavy breathing Blake! LOL.

    • Haha! Kinda.creepy, huh? 🙂 I’ve come so far!

  3. Before and after, how far we all have come. Enjoyed the video


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