New Year, New Actions

It’s a new year which means it’s time to review all those old settings and presets that you have which contain the year 2017. One plugin I use all the time is Digimarc which adds a hidden watermark in my photographs. If a photo of mine is going on the web then it has to have that watermark. It’s just safer. With Digimarc you have to include the year into the watermark so that you can track it. Each image gets its own code and that’s part of it. This means that every year I have to change it. Actions are great time savers and when it comes to blogging it helps to have all those steps prerecorded. Nice thing about Photoshop actions is that they are easy to change.

This is what my action panel looks like in Photoshop CC 2018. There’s a bunch of different ones that make life easier for all the occasions that pop up. This panel is how you activate them. In the top right are three lines which allows you to switch to button mode.

Once you check button mode you can rerecord, delete or alter actions.

If you use actions and you need to alter it, there is a really simple way. Simply delete the steps that require a date and any after it and then rerecord the new steps. Then if you have multiple computers you can always save the actions and transfer them over. Of course if you use the save as command you will have to designate the folder since that varies between comps. It sounds like a pain in the butt but once it’s done, it’s done. Get the chores done early in the year so you can focus on projects throughout the year.

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