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5 Courses to Help You Create Better Photoshop Actions

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What You’ll Be Creating

Actions are a very powerful post-production tool for photographers, but planning and building them in Adobe Photoshop can be confusing. 

So here are five quick courses that will break the process down for you. You’ll learn to build custom Photoshop actions for colour toning, sharpening, black and white conversion, and more.

1. Build a Custom Dodge and Burn Photoshop Action

In this course you’ll learn how to build your own multi-layer dodge and burn action. This action provides you with all the layers you’ll need to selectively alter exposure in any image! It’s one of the most effective techniques for enhancing your photos in a fast, repeatable, and stylish way.


2. Build a Custom Colour Toning Action

The difference between a good and a great image often comes down to colour. You can start with a great subject, nail the composition and expose the image perfectly, but, if you don’t get the colours right, it will still look like a snapshot. 

In this course, you’ll build a custom colour toning action that provides all the layers you need and a great framework for colour toning.


3. Build a Custom Black and White Conversion Action

Converting an image to black and white involves more than just desaturating it. The action you will build in this course has multiple layers to control the conversion, contrast, toning, vignette and film grain of the finished image.


4. Build Two Custom Sharpening Actions

In this course you’ll learn how to build two different sharpening actions.

The first action resizes your image, sharpens it, and then adds a watermark—with you in control at every step. The second creates three sharpening layers so you can selectively and creatively sharpen different aspects of your image. 

Every image you make needs some sharpening, and these actions make it easy and repeatable.


5. Best Practices for Building Actions

The previous four Coffee Break Courses taught you how to build some great Photoshop actions and gave you all the skills you need to build your own actions. 

This course takes things a step further and looks at some best practices for building actions, such as:

  • Why you need to use unique layer names.
  • How to undo mistakes when making actions.
  • How to make actions appear on top of the layer stack.
  • How to use Photoshop’s tools in your actions.

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You can take all of these and more photo, video and design courses with a free 10-day trial of our monthly subscription. So get started today, and master Photoshop actions and much more.