What’s an Action?



Seriously!  What’s an Action?

If you are new to Photoshop Elements or Photoshop you may wonder, “Seriously, what’s an action?”  I know I was a little scared at first because there are so many things I didn’t know and that was just one more thing to add to the list.  It was all very overwhelming, to say the least.

When I finally figured it out it made total sense.  An action is a single instruction that automatically performs a series of commands.  Yep, that’s it.  There are many things that are done in Photoshop Elements and Photoshop that repetitive.  We do the same steps over and over again.  It can be very time-consuming.  When an action is created, by you or someone else, they simply record the repetitive actions and save them.  Then when the same steps need to be done again they can simply run the action.  The recorded steps will be done automatically.

An Action, a Macro and a Script are Synonymous

Back when we got our first business computer, an Apple IIc, I created macros to perform repetitive steps. My husband was kind of hoodwinked into buying an Apple IIc for our business when there weren’t many business programs at the time.  So it was basically a glorified word processor.  So yes, I know what a macro is. I created them and used them all the time.

I cut my teeth using Paintshop Pro. Well, guess what,  Paintshop Pro uses Scripts to perform repetitive tasks.   Woo-hoo, at last actions were demystified for me when I realized Actions, Macros, and Scripts are synonymous.  Okay, now I get it and I hope that helps you too.