Photoshop actions can make lots of tasks easier; from batch processing to handling simple, every day tasks. Actions can seriously improve your workflow. In today’s quick tip we will demonstrate how to use actions to help color your artwork. Let’s get started!
IntroductionI must to tell you, I’m a lazy person and I always want to reduce the amount of extra work I have to do, even if it’s just one more click. I work at an advertising agency and every minute counts, today I’d like to share a quick tip that I learned that really makes my life easier.
Step 1To start things off, I scanned one of my drawings and opened it in Photoshop.
Step 2Here comes our first action. Go to Window > Action. Click Create new action icon.
Step 3Now draw more details. I will create the action, which make a new layer with clipping masks, this way I can paint inside basic shapes, but each detail on new layer. So, like we done before, create new Action by clicking Create new action icon. Name it Clipping mask, I chose F8 for Function Key, and click Record.
ConclusionAs you can see, actions are great for performing small repetitive tasks. For example, at work, I use F keys actions to convert to smart object, save as jpg, duplicate folders – all the small things you use hundreds of times per day. Each one of you can create a set of actions you use the most. You can also use Shift and Ctrl/Command keys combination if you don’t have enough F’s. I hope this little trick will help you to work a little bit less.