A Beginner’s Guide to Workflow Automation

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In a Beginner’s Guide to Workflow Automation you will learn all about the art of creating Actions in Photoshop.  While this isn’t the most fun topic in the world, it is a bit on the nerdy side; it will unlock a whole new world for you in Photoshop.  I have spent the last seven years perfecting the techniques to make highly efficient Actions in Photoshop.  As a matter of fact, the Zone System Express started out as a set of Actions and morphed into something I never imagined.

Whether you’re interested in speeding up your workflow or making Actions that you can profit from, this course will give you the knowledge to get started!  This course is everything I wish I had seven years ago when I started my Workflow Automation journey in Photoshop!

What you will learn:

  • What are Actions?
  • Why use them?
  • What you need to know before you start making them
  • How to make, modify, and perfect the art of making your own Actions

Along the way, we will build several Actions that are specifically designed to teach you the core fundamentals of effective Action creation!




Lesson 2 The Actions Palette

Length: 14 minutesComplexity: Easy

Lesson 2: In this lesson, we will break the Actions Palette down.  This is the “control center” for creating, managing, and using your Actions.  While the information in this lesson…

Lesson 3 Our First Action

Length: 8 minutesComplexity: Standard

Lesson 3: We are about to create our very first Action!  We are going to make a Curves Layer Dodge and Burn Action.  This will set you up with a…

Lesson 4 Modifying Actions

Length: 11 minutesComplexity: Standard

Lesson 4 In this video, I will go into the weeds of the Action we created in Lesson 3.  While it certainly could run without modifying it, I will show…

Lesson 5 Black and White Action

Length: 10 minutesComplexity: Standard

Lesson 5 In lesson 5, we will create a Black and White Action with an HSL adjustment under it.  This will allow you to convert your image to grayscale and…

Lesson 6 Modal Dialogs and Actions

Length: 8 minutesComplexity: Standard

Lesson 6 Modal Dialogs are any windows that pop up when you tell Photoshop to do something.  For instance, selecting the Gaussian Blur from the filters menu prompts you to…

Lesson 7 Duplicating Actions

Length: 5 minutesComplexity: Standard

Lesson 7 One of the most time-saving things I ever figured out with Action creation was duplicating Actions.  Not only can you duplicate an Action, but an Action set, and…

Lesson 8 Conclusion Workflow Automation

Length: 8 minutesComplexity: Easy

Lesson 8 (there are two bonus videos after this lesson) The “to be continued” conclusion!  We covered a lot of territory in this course and I want to let all…

Lesson 9 Bonus 1 Installing Actions

Length: 2 minutes

Bonus Video 1 Hindsight is so 20/20.  It occurred to me after making the entire course that I failed to mention how to install the Actions into Photoshop.  This brief…

Lesson 10 Bonus 2 Saving Action Files

Length: 2 minutesComplexity: Easy

Bonus Video 2 Psshhhhhht, I can save an Action Blake… duh!  Of course you can, but I wanted to make this video to show you that it is imperative to…