Photoshop Actions can be an amazing time-saving resource. They automate a sequence of steps in Photoshop so the program can perform those for you. Several Actions sold on Envato Market and other stock sites produce some outstanding creative effects. In this Quick Tip, we will look at how to install and use a Photoshop Action purchased from Envato Market.
Download and Extract
Open the zip file and extract the contents. There should be at least two files: a .txt file with instructions from the author, and a .atn file. This is the actual Photoshop action file.
Install the Action
Launch Photoshop and open the Actions panel with Window > Actions (Alt-F9).
Look to the top right of the Actions panel for the flyout panel menu. Select Load Actions.
Navigate to the .atn file that was extracted from the downloaded zip file. Then press the Load button.
Verify the action loaded by looking at the bottom of the list of actions in the Actions panel. The new action should have been appended to the end of the list.
Use the Action
After installing the action, it’s wise to test it to make sure it works properly, and to see what it does!
Check the .txt file for any specific instructions regarding the use of the action.
This action requires a Background layer and a new layer called “brush” containing painted strokes to direct the action where to place the effect.
In the Actions panel, open the new action set folder, highlight the action and press the Play button at the base of the panel.
Awesome Work, You’re Done!
And that’s it! Photoshop will work through the action, creating the final effect. Depending on the action you select, this could take several minutes.