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OVERVIEW. Chapter Lessons. Add annotations to an image Create an action Modify an action Use a default action and create a droplet. INTRODUCTION. Communicating. Communicate with the person viewing an image by: Creating written notes A comment that appears in the image

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chapter lessons

OVERVIEW

Chapter Lessons
  • Add annotations to an image
  • Create an action
  • Modify an action
  • Use a default action and create a droplet

Annotating and Automating an Image

communicating

INTRODUCTION

Communicating
  • Communicate with the person viewing an image by:
    • Creating written notes
      • A comment that appears in the image
    • Creating audio annotations:
      • A sound file saved within the image

Annotating and Automating an Image

using automation

INTRODUCTION

Using Automation
  • Use the Actions feature to automate commonly performed tasks:
    • Record all the steps required for an action
    • Play the action
  • An action is a series of tasks that are recorded and saved for future use

Annotating and Automating an Image

ensuring consistency

INTRODUCTION

Ensuring Consistency
  • Create actions for frequently used tasks to:
    • Use them in other Photoshop images
    • Ensure consistency between related images

Annotating and Automating an Image

add annotations to an image creating written annotations

LESSON 1

Add Annotations to an ImageCreating Written Annotations
  • Use the Notes Tool to create written annotations
    • Similar to yellow sticky notes
  • Click the Notes Tool on the toolbox
  • Click where the note should appear in the image
  • Type the contents of the note

Annotating and Automating an Image

working with notes

LESSON 1

Working with Notes
  • Each note has an icon displayed on the image
    • This icon is not printed
  • Open the note by double-clicking the icon

Annotating and Automating an Image

viewing a note

LESSON 1

Viewing a Note

Note text

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personalizing a note
Change the color of the note’s title bar

Click the Annotation color color box on the options bar

Change the author of the note

Select the contents of the Name of author for annotations text box, then enter a new name and press [Enter] (Win) or [return] (Mac)

LESSON 1

Personalizing a Note

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creating audio annotations
Click the Audio Annotation Tool on the toolbox

Click where the annotation should appear

Click the Start button

Record the message

Double-click the audio icon to play the message

LESSON 1

Creating Audio Annotations

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create an action understanding actions

LESSON 2

Create an ActionUnderstanding Actions
  • Most Photoshop actions that can be performed using a button or menu command can be recorded as an action
  • Each action can contain:
    • One or more steps
    • A stop that allows completion of a command that can’t be recorded

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saving and storing actions
Actions are stored in sets

Each set is saved as an .atn file typically named by the category or actions they contain

Example: A multiple type-related action could be stored in a set named Type Actions

LESSON 2

Saving and Storing Actions

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accessing actions
Access actions from the Actions palette

Grouped with the History palette

View actions in List mode or in Button mode on the Actions palette

LESSON 2

Accessing Actions

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modes
List Mode

Default setting

Displays the details within each action

Button Mode

Displays each action without details

LESSON 2

Modes

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operating actions
Use VCR-like buttons to operate an action

Buttons include:

Play

Record

Stop

Move Forward

Move Backward

LESSON 2

Operating Actions

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creating actions

LESSON 2

Creating Actions
  • When recording takes place, the red Recording button appears on the Actions palette
  • Use the Playback Options dialog box to modify how actions are played back

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playback options dialog box

LESSON 2

Playback Options Dialog Box

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action playback options

LESSON 2

Action Playback Options

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creating an action
Take a snapshot of the image

Click the Actions palette tab

Click the Create a new action button on the Actions palette

Type the name of the action in the Name text box

Assign a color to the action

The action is displayed in this color in Button mode

LESSON 2

Creating an Action

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actions palette

LESSON 2

Actions Palette

Create new action button

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new action dialog box

LESSON 2

New Action Dialog box

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recording an action

LESSON 2

Recording an Action
  • Perform the steps required for the action
  • Click the Stop playing/recording button on the Actions palette

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playing an action

LESSON 2

Playing an Action
  • Click the action in the Actions palette
  • Click the History palette tab and click the snapshot taken of the image before performing the action
    • The image is restored to its original state
  • Click the Actions palette tab
  • Click the Play selection button on the Actions palette

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modifying an action
Click the step that will come after or before the new steps to add

Click the Begin recording button on the Actions palette

Record the steps

Click the Stop playing/recording button

LESSON 3

Modifying an Action

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switching modes

LESSON 3

Switching Modes
  • Toggle between List mode and Button mode:
    • Click the Actions palette list arrow
    • Click Button Mode (or List Mode)

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actions palette modes

LESSON 3

Actions Palette Modes

List Mode

Button Mode

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modifications for actions

LESSON 3

Modifications for Actions

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understanding a stop

LESSON 3

Understanding a Stop
  • Command that interrupts playback to allow performance of another operation
  • To insert a stop:
    • Click the step just above where the pause should take place
    • Click the Actions palette list arrow, then click Insert Stop
    • Enter a text message in the Record Stop dialog box
    • Select the Allow Continue check box

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record stop dialog box

LESSON 3

Record Stop Dialog box

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use a default action and create a droplet using default actions

LESSON 4

Use a Default Action and Create a DropletUsing Default Actions
  • Add a default action to any action already created
  • Default actions are actions included with Photoshop

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default actions
Vignette

Frame Channel

Wood Frame

Cast Shadow

Water Reflection

Custom RGB to Grayscale

Molten Lead

Make Clip Path (selection)

Sepia Toning (layer)

Quadrant Colors

Save as Photoshop PDF

Gradient Map

LESSON 4

Default Actions

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using default actions

LESSON 4

Using Default Actions
  • Select the step in a new action that is above where the default action should occur
  • Click the Begin recording button
  • Scroll through the actions palette to find the required default action
  • Click the action, then click the Play selection button
    • All the steps in the default action are performed when the new action is played

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default action sets

LESSON 4

Default Action Sets
  • Commands
  • Frames
  • Image Effects
  • Production
  • Text Effects
  • Textures

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loading a default action set

LESSON 4

Loading a Default Action Set
  • Click the Actions palette list arrow
  • Click the name of the set to load

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understanding a droplet

LESSON 4

Understanding a Droplet
  • Stand-alone action in the form of an icon
  • Drag one or more Photoshop files onto the droplet icon to perform the action on the file
  • Accessing droplets:
    • Store on the hard drive
    • Place on the desktop
    • Distribute to other users

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droplet on the desktop

LESSON 4

Droplet on the Desktop

Droplet

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creating a droplet

LESSON 4

Creating a Droplet
  • Click File on the menu bar
  • Point to Automate, then click Create Droplet
  • Click Choose
  • Enter the name of the droplet
  • Identify the location in which to save the droplet, then click Save

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chapter o tasks

SUMMARY

Chapter O Tasks
  • Add written and audio annotations to an image
  • Understand actions
  • Record and play an action
  • Modify an action
  • Use default actions and action sets
  • Create and use a droplet

Annotating and Automating an Image

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