How to install Photoshop Actions

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Installing Photoshop Actions is one of the easiest tasks you can perform in Photoshop. All you have to do is double click on the .atn file, and the Actions will load into Photoshop automatically. Ocassionally, this doesn’t work so you have to install them manually. Here’s how it’s done…

Step 1. Uncompress the ZIP file

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Most Photoshop Actions are packed into a ZIP Archive. Double click on the Zip file that you downloaded. The archive will open showing a folder with the same name inside. Drag the folder to your Desktop, and backup to an external hard drive, USB pen or burn to a CD. This will ensure that if your computer fails for any reason you’ll still have a copy of your Actions.

Step 2. Open the Actions Panel

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Open Photoshop and if the Actions panel isn’t already open go to Window>Actions. The Actions panel will appear with the Default Actions folder expanded. Click on the arrow to the left of the folder to minimise it. This will make it easier to work with your FilterEfex Actions once they’re loaded into Photoshop.

Step 3. Load Actions

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At the top right of the Actions panel there’s a menu icon that’s made up of four horizontal lines. Left mouse click on the menu and when it expands click on Load Actions from the list of options. At this point you’ll need to locate the folder you extracted from the ZIP archive and saved to your Desktop.

Step 4. Select .atn file

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When the window opens navigate to your Desktop or another folder if you saved your Actions elsewhere. When you locate the folder left mouse click on the file before pressing the Load button. The Actions will now load into Photoshop and will be available on the Actions panel. If the Action folder is closed in the panel, click on the right facing arrow to the left of the folder icon to expand it.

Step 4. How to play Photoshop Actions

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To run an Action simlpy left mouse click on the desired effect in the list, and press the play button at the bottom of the Actions panel. The quickest and easiest way to check out all the FilterEfex Actions in each series is to use the – – Play All – – Action. This will play all Actions and turn off the visibility of each Layer Group. All you have to do is turn on the visibility of the Groups individually to see the effects.