Photoshop TutorialWhat the heck is a Photoshop Action or Element you ask?

Good question.

Answer: A Photoshop action is a way of automating any process in Photoshop. I have several set up. I have one for creating a new page for The Real Estate Book, one for converting images and graphics to CMYK, one for clipping… it makes it very easy to do repetitive tasks, just click and go!

What is a Photoshop Droplet then?

Well, that is a Photoshop action taken to the next level. You can make a Photoshop action into a droplet, then it becomes a little desktop application, kind of a shortcut from the desktop to the Photoshop action. I have one on my desktop right now that I use almost every day. When I get an image from a Realtor or book owner that has not already been processed through AMS I just drag and drop the images onto the droplet on my desktop and it will change and convert them to meet book standards. It converts the picture to CMYK color mode for printing and changes it’s DPI (dots per square inch) and dimensions to meet the standard requirements for printing. This is a life saver for me as I get several dozen images this way for each book each issue. It saves me time, I don’t have to open each image individually in Photoshop and change the settings manually. I just throw them on the droplet and it will automatically open them in Photoshop and run the “Action” and then resave the images and I am done.

Let me show you how in 10 easy steps:

Make sure your “Actions” palette is open by pressing (Option/Alt) + F9 or by going to the “Windows” option in the menu bar at the top and selecting “Actions”. Click on images to see them larger and post questions in the comments below or on twitter @lbanry.

1 Photoshop Actions Palette

1 Photoshop Actions Palette

2 New Action

2 New Action

3 Rename Action

3 Rename Action

4 Photshop Anatomy of an Action

4 Photshop Anatomy of an Action

5 Photoshop Color Mode

5 Photoshop Color Mode

6 Saving Image

6 Saving Image

7 Play action-button mode

7 Play action-button mode

8 Button Mode

8 Button Mode

9 Create a Droplet

9 Create a Droplet

10 Saving Droplet

10 Saving Droplet