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How to & faq
Quick pointers and tips to get you started on adjusting existing action effects and making your own useful Photoshop actions.

Quick Keys
Get used to assigning Function Keys to your most used actions. We've pre-assiged Function Keys to some repetitive actions to demonstrate our preferred configurations in the action sets and actlets area, but you can easily reset them to any function key.

You can insert an instructional message in your actions by selecting the 'Insert Stop' option in the action pull down menu.

Creating Clean Actions
You can create actions without actively recording your Photoshop steps by using the 'Insert Menu Item' option in the action pull down menu. This also keeps your actions free of information specific to your image and computer.

Saving Actions
When saving an action, you must have the set name selected, and not the action name.

Actions save you time and keystrokes when executing repetitive tasks. Use them to help reduce muscular stress caused by the repetitive functions that web designer/producers execute in the course of website production.

Tech Requirements
You'll need Adobe Photoshop 4.0 or higher. Get with it!

Some browsers may have trouble downloading some actions. Click-and-hold (Mac) or Right-click (PC) on the download buttons when selecting an action and choose "Download link to disk" or "Save link as..." from the menu to save the actions straight to your hard disk or assigned actions folder. It is essential the action retain the .ATN extension to work properly in Photoshop.

5.0 vs. 6.0
Actions made in Photoshop 5.0 can be used in Photoshop 6.0. However, Photoshop 6.0 Actions generally cannot be used in earlier versions of Photoshop.

Loading Actions into Photoshop
1. Put the .ATN file in a directory of your choice. (It doesn't need to be in the Photoshop directory).
2. Choose Load Actions from the Actions palette menu.
3. Locate and select the action set file. (In Windows, Photoshop action set files have the extension .atn.)
4. Click Load.

(You can also check out the PDF file in the Photoshop Actions folder, inside the Presets folder in the Photoshop application folder.)