You’ve bought & downloaded Photoshop, you’ve imported all your photos and you’re ready to get editing! Now what?
Trying to edit photos in Photoshop can seem so intimidating if you don’t know your way around. You’ve seen the gorgeous photos others edit with ease, but what filters/effects/adjustments should you make?
Actions are the easiest way to make it seem like you know what you’re doing in Photoshop. You press a button and a preset list of actions is applied to your photo. Two clicks and you’re done. You can even apply multiple actions and adjust the opacity of the different layers to get different looks.
Some of my favourite action sets include Pioneer Woman (set 1 & 2), this skin retouching set, and although they’re not perfect, I love this idea of actions that mimic Instagram filters. Other places to find great action sets include Creative Market, Totally Rad, and Union Actions. A quick Google search will turn up tons of results – both free & premium – so there’s no reason to not try some out!
To use actions, you’ll need to bring the actions palette out of hiding. It may be hidden in your sidebar, but if not you can go into ‘Window’ and make sure ‘Actions’ is checked. (If you’re on a mac, you can also just hit ‘option + f9’ to bring the actions palette forward). Once you’ve done that, you can load action sets that you’ve downloaded into the palette and then just hit ‘play’ whenever you need.
You’ll see a bunch of other options in the actions palette, but you don’t need to worry about them unless you want to create your own action sets. That’s a whole other lesson though 🙂