How to Install a Photoshop Action

Photoshop Action Comparison

Once we hand over completed brand identity project we may include some Photoshop Actions to ensure their brand photography is super consistent. If your lucky enough to own Photoshop, find yourself to be the owner of a Photoshop Action file and don’t have a clue what to do with it, you’re in the right place. This guide will show you how to install a Photoshop action.

What is a Photoshop Action

A Photoshop Action is a predefined set of commands that can be applied to an image. It is also possible to apply the same action to multiple images to create a coherent set. Think of it like a filter.

Ready to install a photoshop action? Open up an image in Photoshop and let’s begin…

01. Open the Action panel

Firstly, make sure you have access to the Actions panel by selecting Window > Actions and clicking the play button icon.

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02. Click the menu icon and click ‘Load Actions…’

Click the menu icon in the top right of the Actions panel and hit ‘Load Actions…’.

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03. Find and open the action on your system

Navigate to the actions file on your computer. The file should end in .atn.

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04. Click the action and press play

Find and select the action from the list (not the folder) then hit the play icon at the bottom of the panel. Photoshop will then execute each command in sequence until the action has been completely applied.

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Adjust the layers if needed

One of the best things about Photoshop Actions. is that you can see in the layers panel what effects and adjustments have been applied. Therefore, you have the ability to make your own tweaks to some of the layers if needed.