How To Create An Action In Photoshop CS6 In 2020

by Azfar in Uncategorized on November 17, 2020

Wondering how to create an action in Photoshop CS6? Well, it’s not a big deal because I’m gonna teach you the easiest way. So stop watching Netflix and start taking action to create an action in Photoshop CS6.

Am I acting like Tony Robbins? Alright, leave it. Here’s what you need to do. 

How to create an action in photoshop cs6 in 2020

First of all, you must know what to do right precisely!! 

Although you must be aware of photoshop action features, in case if you’re not, you should know that this feature makes it easy for you to do a lot of tasks on automation. Yes, just like artificial intelligence! 

Alright! Enough chatter! Now is the time to create an action in Photoshop CS6. Let’s go! 

Wanna Know How To Create An Action in Photoshop CS6? Go Ahead & Open the Action Panel 

To create an action in Photoshop CC or CS6, you first need to open the action panel. It must be available in the top menu bar of your Photoshop. 

Go to Windows > Actions 

From there, check the action panel. 


You can simply press Alt + F9 

Open action panel to know how to create an action in photoshop CS6

You can try whatever you like to open up that action section. Many how to create an action in Photoshop CS6 tutorials refer to odd methods, don’t try those please. Keep it simple 🙂

Now… Can you see that button which is right beside the folder icon in action panel? If yes, click on it and a little box will pop up where you need to add a name for your action. Put something memorable! 

Once everything gets done, hit on the record button. 

how to create an action in photoshop cs6 recording method

Now that you have done well with actions, you need to dig a bit further. Let me tell you about 3 settings that you definitely need to change in accordance with your needs. 

Create An Action Set in Photoshop for Better Results

An action set can help you run a series of actions in one go. For example, you can make an action set for saturation, levels, and brightness separately. 

What I like the most is – it can even group these multiple actions together. If you are a total beginner and not getting what I’m saying, cut it out and keep the option as ‘Default.’

Leverage the Function Key to Execute Photoshop Action 

To activate the action, you can assign any key as the function key so that your action can be executed easily. In general, people press the play button to activate the action in Photoshop.

How to use photoshop function key to play an action

Play The Action In Photoshop CS6

When it comes to playing an action in the photoshop CS6 or another version, the procedure is quite simple and straightforward.

Go to the top-right corner of the menu, click on the action panel, and there you will see a list of menu popping up in front of you – select playback option, which is the last one. 

How to create and play an action in photoshop cs6

This will open up a new pop window on the screen. You need to choose the style in which you want to plot the action. There are 3 styles you can choose from.

which photoshop action playback option is best?
  • Accelerated: When you select Accelerated, it will play the action at a normal speed. If you choose acceleration, you will directly get the output on your screen. You will not be able to watch the action being played step-by-step. If you want to have a look at each step, then choose the option given below.
  • Step by Step: As said, this option will show you the detail of almost every step performing on the image. If you’re a total beginner, you need to follow up with this option as it can keep you aware of the whole process. 
  • The last option is ‘Pause for,’ which allows you to pause your action after a step for certain seconds. You have to put the number of seconds you want it to hold on, and this cycle will repeat for every step. It can help you scan the step in your memory and note the changes. (If you need any) 

How to Create an Action in Photoshop CS6: Manage and Edit!

how to create and automate an action in photoshop

So you have made your action and implemented it on the image. But as I mentioned earlier, the primary motive of an action is to save time and execute repetitive tasks. What if I tell you a way to automate the action creation? Yeah, it happens. Here’s how! 

Go to File > Automate

You can apply it for all the images you want the action to be performed on by selecting Batch from the Automate side menu.

photoshop batch action options

When you click on Batch, you will see a screen like the one shown above.

There are 3 options that you need to specify.

The first option is the Set option. Here you have to specify the action that needs to be implemented from the list of actions you have created earlier. If you have just created 1, no issues it will automatically show Default Actions.

The second option is Action– In this drop down, you will see all the images that are saved in photoshop. You can select any 1 to carry on with that action automation. 

And finally, you can also import an image by selecting the image Source

You can import an image via one of the 4 options: 

  • Folder 
  • Import
  • Opened Files
  • Bridge 

Other options should be selected according to your needs or rather the image’s needs.

Are you done? Go ahead and deploy the action and save an enormous amount of time with the help of automation. 

How to Create an Action in Photoshop CS6 Without Errors

Want to know how to create an action in Photoshop CS6 that stands out? Have patience, that’s the key.

Creating action sometimes could be a bit hectic and time-consuming. In the end, it all depends on the intricacies of the design and the repetition of layers you need on the designs. The more complicated the design is, the more steps you will have to jot down in an action.

So patience is key here. You can also take a note of all the steps in an action. If something goes wrong with your action, it would back you up. You can rectify it, or in case if your action gets deleted, you can quickly create one referring back to your notes.

Please note that not all actions always work perfectly. Be ready to encounter some problems as well because a particular action may not be suitable for different images. 

You might have to tweak and make some changes in your action. For example, if you want the brightness level to be increased in all your images, so keeping an increase of 40% would not work on all the images. You have to check the working percentage by trial and error.

Photoshop Actions Make Life Way Easier

Creating actions is not much of a big deal but also not as easy as a walk in the park. You need to focus and concentrate on creating them. Otherwise, you will end up making the task at hand more complicated.

Adobe Photoshop actions are like soldiers. When you end up piling yourself with a lot of deadlines, these actions would help a lot.

So all I can say is – With the right patience, focus, and practice, you can create high-quality and time-saving actions. 

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