How to load and use actions in Photoshop & Photoshop Elements
Initially designed to automate repetitive tasks, Photoshop actions have evolved with added features. They're now versatile tools for creating stunning static and animated effects, made user-friendly through Photoshop's familiar interface and commands.
Downloading PanosFX actions
- Free Actions: Click the respective download buttons on the site.
- Commercial Actions: Download through the Customer Panel or the links sent after purchase.
Contents: You'll receive a zip file with Photoshop and Photoshop Elements actions, along with other files (documentation, etc).
To Use: Decompress the zip file to create a folder with the actions file ("filename.atn"). Consider creating a parent folder (e.g., "Photoshop Actions") in advance and move the subfolder containing PanosFX actions for better organization.
Getting Familiar with the Actions Panel:
The Actions panel serves as the hub for loading, playing, creating, editing, and storing Photoshop actions. If it's not visible, go to Photoshop's main menu and select Window > Actions.
The Actions panel in Photoshop CC is illustrated below. It has a similar appearance in Photoshop Elements and earlier Photoshop versions (CSx):
How to load and run Photoshop actions in 4 steps:
Click the Menu button in the Actions panel.
Select "Load Actions" from the fly-out menu. Navigate to the folder where you saved the actions file and load it. The Action Set will be loaded in the Actions panel.
Click on an action to select it.
Hit the Play button to execute it.
- Some sets may contain a single action or multiple actions that perform different tasks.
- Some sets may include a core action that should be executed first, followed by supplementary actions.
How to unload an Action Set:
To remove an Action set from the Actions panel, simply click on the set and then click the trash can icon at the bottom of the panel. This won’t delete the action file from your hard disk; it will merely unload the Action set (and its actions) from Photoshop.