Photoshop actions were initially developed to automate the execution of certain repetitive, time-consuming tasks. Adobe soon realized the potential of this amazing tool and empowered it with new features.
Photoshop actions are now used to create amazing, complex static and animated effects. Moreover, they are easy to use because they utilize Photoshop’s familiar user interface and commands.
The free Photoshop actions can be downloaded directiy from the site using the respective download buttons. The commercial PanosFX actions can be downloaded using the Customer Panel and/or the download links that are emailed to the buyer after the purchase.
The user receives a zip file that contains the actions for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, as well as other useful files (documentation, etc).
To use the PanosFX actions, you must decompress the zip file. A folder will be created containing the actions file (“filename.atn”). I strongly recommend you create a parent folder (e.g. “Photoshop actions”) in advance and move the subfolder with the PanosFX actions therein. This approach will help you maintain an organized collection of Photoshop actions.
The Actions panel is the interface that allows you to load, play (execute), create, edit, and store Photoshop actions. If the Actions panel is not visible select Window > Actions from Photoshop’s main menu.
The image below shows the basic features and concepts of the Actions panel in Photoshop CC. The Actions panel looks very similar in Photoshop Elements and in earlier Photoshop version (CSx):
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.