How to Install an Adobe Photoshop Action

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

Step 1

Begin by finding action on Envato Market or any stock site that you want to purchase. For this example, I chose the Liquify 2 Photoshop Action.

Liquify 2 Photoshop Action
Liquify 2 Photoshop Action

Step 2

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.

Liquify2 Photoshop Action
Liquify2 Photoshop Action

Install the Action

Step 1

Launch Photoshop and open the Actions panel with Window > Actions (Alt-F9).

How to install Photoshop Action

Step 2

Look to the top right of the Actions panel for the flyout panel menu. Select Load Actions.

Load Photoshop Action

Step 3

Navigate to the .atn file that was extracted from the downloaded zip file. Then press the Load button.

Liquify 2 Photoshop Action Load Button

Step 4

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.

Liquify 2 Photoshop Action Panel

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!

Step 1

Check the .txt file for any specific instructions regarding the use of the action.

Liquify 2 Photoshop Action txt file

Step 2

This action requires a Background layer and a new layer called “brush” containing painted strokes to direct the action where to place the effect.

Liquify 2 Photoshop Action Brushing

Step 3

In the Actions panel, open the new action set folder, highlight the action and press the Play button at the base of the panel.

Liquify 2 Photoshop Action Play Button

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.

Liquify 2 Photoshop Action Result

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