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44 • December 2014 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S Actions Speak Louder an Words Recording type effects with actions produces work-saving automations Stephen Romaniello is and artist and educator teaching digital art at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona for over twenty years. He is a certified instruc- tor in Adobe Photoshop and the author of several books on the creative use of digital graphics soware. Steve is the founder of GlobalEye systems, a company that offers training and con- sulting in digital graphics soware and creative imaging. B y S T e P H e N R o m A N I e L L o e Digital Eye DIGITAL PRINTING AND FINISHING DIGITAL GRAPHICS I f you Google "Photoshop Actions" you'll find an astounding number of free automated effects that will amaze you. An action is a product of a systematic workflow where each step is recorded and can later be played back to apply identical effects to another document. A Photoshop action is a series of commands that are recorded using the Actions panel and are played back on a single file or a batch of files. Actions may include menu commands, tool actions, panel options, color adjustments, transformations and image size com- mands. An action can be created that fills a selected area with specific color or pattern, or that applies a filter for a particular effect and then saves the file in the desired format and location. Actions are normally used to streamline commands that are applied multiple times or to create new images with similar effects to the original. It's likely that you will want to download some of the free actions that you find on the web, but I think if you want to apply actions to an image it doesn't hurt to first understand how they are created. In this article we'll create a metallic text effect using a several layer styles and record the process as a series of actions. Figure 1: The Document dialog box for the pattern. The document is 72pixel (1 inch) by 72 pixel by 72ppi. Figure 2: The gradient is saved as a pattern.

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