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Photoshop’s Built-In Actions: Commands

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Photoshop actions allow you to record a series of steps that you might do numerous times on other images, and then play back that series automatically on a new image. Photoshop CS4 comes with dozens of actions already created for you. In this article, I’ll give a pictorial and descriptive run-down of Photoshop’s built-in Commands actions.

 

See Related Posts at the end to click through to the other built-in action sets.

 

 

Playing Built-In Actions

To open a non-Default set of built-in actions:

  1. Window > Actions
  2. Click on the menu icon at the top-right corner of the Actions panel.
  3. Look near the bottom of the menu where there is a list of seven sets (such as “Image Effects”).
  4. Select a set. It will added below the Default Actions set.
Actions Panel Menu
Actions Panel Menu
  1. Click the gray triangle to the left of the action set you just added, to open the list.
  2. Select an action, and click the Play selection button at the bottom of the Actions panel.
Play Action
Play Action

You can find more ready-made actions at the Photoshop Exchange.

 

Commands

I won’t go into these actions in great detail, because there’s no great detail to them. They are almost all one-step actions, and they are listed in the Actions panel to either 1) give you a single place to do any of these common tasks, or 2) let you know what all the F keys do. Here’s a rundown:

  • Cut (selection) – F2
  • Copy (selection) – F3
  • Paste – F4
  • Show Color – F5 – shows the Colors panel
Show Color
Show Color
  • Show Layers – F6 – shows the Layers panel
Show Layers
Show Layers
  • Show Info – F8 – shows the Info panel
Show Info
Show Info
  • Show Actions – F9 – shows the Actions panel
Show Actions
Show Actions
  • Show Navigator – F10 – shows the Navigator panel
Show Navigator
Show Navigator
  • Image Size – F11
Image Size
Image Size
  • Revert – F12
  • Crop (select)
Crop
Crop
  • Flatten Image – Shft+F2
  • Purge All – Shft+F3
  • Select Similar (selection) – Shft+F4
Select Similar
Select Similar
  • Grow (selection) – Shft+F5
Grow
Grow
  • Flip Horizontal – Shft+F6 (must be done on an editable layer)
Flip Horizontal
Flip Horizontal
  • Flip Vertical – Shft+F7 (must be done on an editable layer)
Flip Vertical
Flip Vertical
  • Rotate 90 CW – Shft+F8 (must be done on an editable layer)
Rotate 90 CW
Rotate 90 CW
  • Rotate 90 CCW – Shft+F9 (must be done on an editable layer)
Rotate 90 CCW
Rotate 90 CCW
  • Rotate 180 – Shft+F10 (must be done on an editable layer)
Rotate 180
Rotate 180
  • New Snapshot – Shft+F11
  • New Snapshot/Clear – Shft+F12

 

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