Use these 36 time-saving photo editing actions
to make your photos look great—in seconds!
Do your photos turn out perfect every time? No?
You’re not alone. Neither do mine.
But we can fix our photos, right?
Yes, of course! Photoshop or Photoshop Elements can make your photos shine!
But even if you know how to edit your photos, do you have the time to laboriously fix each photo you want to send to Grandma or share on Facebook?
Not me. And I’m betting you don’t have time to waste either.
That’s why I’m excited to share my time-saving secret with you.
Photoshop actions can edit at lighting speed. Open a photo and choose an action that would improve it, and your program will go through all the steps for that action almost before you can blink an eye.
I’ve learned a lot from other experts, of course, but some of my best editing methods have come from years of experimenting.
For example: how to reduce harsh shadows? The kind that result from being in bright or dappled sunlight.
After two years of experimenting, I finally figured it out.
But it was complicated. It had a lot of steps. And who wants to go through a series of complicated steps every time they want to fix harsh shadows?
That’s when I thought to turn it into an action. Actions zip through complicated steps in seconds. Wheee!
This has now become my favorite action. There’s just no substitute for it when I need it.
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
That’s what’s so cool about the way I’ve set up the actions. Each action creates its own layer, with the name of the action on the layer, making it very easy to experiment.
If you don’t like the effect, simply press the Delete key! (By the way, this is a great way to quickly try several possible actions so you can choose the result you like the best.)
I’m amazed at how much faster my editing process is now than it used to be.
Example: I shot senior photos for a young man whose mother requested I remove his acne, so I painstakingly used the Clone Stamp tool and Healing Brush on every photo I gave them. When I was done, the photos looked great…but it took forever.
Recently I shot photos of the same family. This time I was determined to spend less time editing, so I developed an action that removed the acne in seconds.
I felt like doing the happy dance!
Using actions has allowed me to tackle photos I wouldn’t have touched in the past, because it would have taken too much time and effort to redeem them.
But like me, you’ll probably get the most benefit out of speeding up your routine photo editing, the kind that takes you two, three, or four times as long if you do it “by hand.”
Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia, Canada
Imagine sitting down at your computer and opening some photos from your most recent photo shoot.
You quickly tweak your favorite photos by simply clicking one or two Action buttons. In record time, your photos look great! In fact, they look so good you can hardly take your eyes off them.
Now you’re ready to post them on Facebook, email them to your mom, or put them on a scrapbook page. You’re so proud of your photos that you click through your posted photos on Facebook not once, but several times! And you enjoy every ‘like’ and comment you get.
Go ahead. Be proud.
When you’ve turned ho-hum photos—or downright hopeless photos—into gems, your cat-ate-the-canary grin is justified!
Appreciation and admiration from your family and friends is simply icing on the cake.
In case you don’t know, I’ve been teaching how to use Photoshop and Photoshop Elements since 2003, when I created the first ever video instruction on digital scrapbooking.
And I earned the title “Adobe’s Scrapbooking Expert” by teaching seminars and TV spots about digital scrapbooking for Adobe.
But I’ve never been more excited than I am right now about working with photos—because I’ve turned so many of my editing tasks into one-click actions. And now you can benefit by using them, too.
As photographer and author Nicole S. Young says:
“The more you can automate repetitive and mundane tasks in Photoshop, the more time you have to push your brain cells towards being creative.”
Linda Sattgast has been helping people like you tell their stories using Photoshop and Photoshop Elements for over 15 years. She has taught for Adobe, Epson, and Scrapbook Memories TV and her training CD has been featured four times as a bonus in the Photoshop Elements box at Costco. Linda is passionate about preserving her family history and wants to help others do the same.
I take your satisfaction seriously. If you’re unhappy with this class for any reason, email me via the Help link and ask for a refund within 30 days of purchase to get your money back, no questions asked.