To move an action, the action is simply dragged and dropped into its new location in the Actions palette.
To help organize actions, action sets can be created in the Actions palette. These sets are essentially folders where actions can be placed. To create a set, the action or set just before where the set to be created is to be placed is chosen. Then, the Create new set icon at the bottom of the Actions palette is clicked (see Figure 1).
Actions can be moved to or created in a set. Figure 4 shows the Sharpen action after it has been moved to the Sharpen set.
To delete an action; action step; or set, the action; action step; or set to be deleted is selected. Then, the Actions palette pop-up menu is clicked and Delete is chosen (see Figure 5).
To duplicate an action or action set, the action or set to be duplicated is chosen. Then, the Actions palette pop-up menu is clicked and Duplicate is chosen (see Figure 6)
A set of actions can be saved (only sets can be saved, not individual actions). To save a set, the set to be saved is chosen. Then, the Actions palette pop-up menu is clicked and Save Actions is chosen (see Figure 8).
To load (i.e., open) a set, the Actions palette pop-up menu is clicked and Load Actions is chosen (see Figure 10).
An alternative way to display actions is to use the Button Mode in the Actions palette. To move the Actions palette into Button Mode, the Actions palette pop-up menu is clicked and Button Mode is chosen (see Figure 12).
One of the most time saving uses of actions is batch processing. Batch processing allows multiple images to be processed through the same steps. When batch processing is utilized with an action, the action can be applied to multiple images at the same time. For instance, fifty images could all be sharpened with the Sharpen action by invoking the batch command just once.
To batch process a set of files, choose File/Automate/Batch. The Batch dialogue box will appear as shown in Figure 14. There are numerous fields on the dialogue box:
Once the Batch dialogue box has been completed, clicking the OK button will start the batch processing of the files.
Actions are a great time saving tool and should be used by any photographer that wishes to automate part of his workflow.