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Create Actions to Automate Tasks in Photoshop

Adobe allows you to record a set of performed tasks and play them again later to perform the same steps.

This is a simple example on how to record an action on Adobe Photoshop to make a picture black and white, reduce the document's size and save the picture over the original.

  • Open any picture in Photoshop (make sure that the picture is a copy of the original as the file will be modified).

  • Click on the top menu Window and press "Actions" to show the Actions toolbar.

  • Click on the "Create new Action" icon. A popup will ask for a name of the action, you can call it "B&W + Save".

  • From now on, everything that you do in Photoshop will be recorded in your new action.

  • Click CTRL-U to open the Saturation panel and reduce the saturation to 0, then click OK.

  • Go to File > Save, and then close the image (or CTRL-S) and choose quality 10.

  • Close the image file.

  • In the Actions toolbar, click the "Stop playing/recording" icon to stop recording your action.

Now you have an action that makes a picture black and white, saves, and then closes the image.

Try it

Open a color image. Select the "B&W + Save" action and click the "Play selection" icon. If everything goes well, Photoshop will make black and white your image, save it and close.