Photoshop Elements Actions
I’ve got one more trick up my sleeve for you, and it’s called ACTIONS! Actions simply are a series of steps someone took to achieve a look that are saved in a group. They can usually be further adjusted after they are run.
I think the newer versions of Photoshop Elements run actions.
On Photoshop Elements 7, you click on the guided button. In other versions, the actions may be in the Effects menu.
Towards the bottom of the menu that comes up, there is an action player.
This will give you access to all the actions you have downloaded to Elements. There’s a little work involved with installing actions, but I will direct you to a site very soon that has great instructions.
My good friend Rita over at Coffee Shop has many great actions that are available for….
….wait for it…
Rita doesn’t know she’s my friend, but I am a huge fan of hers! She also has links
that lead to directions on installing actions. Most of her actions are Elements-compatible.
(Special Note from Amy & Angie: We are thrilled that Rita from Coffeeshop is now an official contributor to I ♥ Faces! She has been an amazing addition to our site.)
I ran her Irish Breakfast Tea action:
It seemed a bit too light on this picture, so I went back to the full edit tab. The layers had all been flattened. I simply clicked Control-Z to undo the flattening. This allowed me to adjust the brightness/contrast layer that was part of the action.
…and I also changed levels a bit too. (I just can’t resist.)
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Who is this Drew girl and what makes her an “expert”? Simple answer: She’s Angie’s sister, owns Photoshop Elements and works for free. Yep, that’s her only qualifications for this job. Hopefully all the newbies out there can appreciate a contributor who doesn’t know it all and isn’t afraid to admit it. Have fun following Drew’s Friday fix-its and drop by her blog to say hello!