Hi I'm Glyn Dewis, and in this video I want
to show you how you can really speed up your
work flow in Photoshop, using something called
Okay, so if you've used Photoshop for a while
you're more than likely aware, or at least
have heard of something called Actions.
Actions in Photoshop basically allow us to
record a series of steps, and then be able
to do them again at any time in the future,
but instead of having to do the steps again,
we can just click once on our "Play" button.
Now, just for the purpose of demonstration
in this video here, what we're going to do
is have a bit of a refresher first of all,
Let's just say that before I send images over
to the publishers, I have to perform a hue
and saturation adjustment on them, where we
colorize them, and really boost up the reds.
I've got an image open on screen.
What we'll do is we'll just go to the window
menu, let's just click on the "Window menu",
and we choose "Actions" to bring up the Actions
Now, in here you can see there's 2 folders,
again this is just a refresher here.
2 folders, one called "Default actions", and
then one that I've called "Glyn's actions".
In the default actions there's loads here
that come already with Photoshop regular tasks
that you might want to perform, in my folder
here called "Glyn's actions", there's 2 actions
here that I perform regularly.
We're going to create a new action here, and
we're going to save it in my folder called
We'll click on the "New action" icon here,
and we're going to call it, "Boost reds".
Now, when I click "Record", everything I
do now, every step that I perform is now being
We'll say we need to go to "Image adjustments:
hue and saturation", this is the pretend task
that I need to do a lot.
We then click on "Colorize", we'll really
change up the hue there, and we'll boost the
saturation as well.
It's really obvious that we have to do something
here, then we'll click "Okay".
Then I want to click the "Stop" button here.
Now, if we just open up this little thing,
you can see all this here, all this information
just here, this is listing all the steps that
I've just done.
If I rewind here, let's just imagine we've
opened a new image, all I would need to
do to perform that, is click on the action
that we want to use, and then click on the
"Play" button, and bang!
You can see it's been done.
Now, it might be that you want to perform
this on just one image, but then again, it
might be that you have a whole folder of images
that you want to use it for.
Now, that's going to be something called "Batch
processing", and we can do that within Photoshop,
by going to the "File" menu, choosing "Automate",
and then we have an option here called "Batch".
This brings up a dialogue box where we can
choose what action we want to use, what folder
we want to perform it on, and then where we
want to save it.
We also, if you maybe someone who uses Bridge,
you could then go to the "Tools menu", "Photoshop",
and then again we've got "Batch", that will
then bring up the same dialogue box back up
That's all well and good, but the idea behind
this, is to really speed up our work flow.
If we're having to click on menus and go into
different dialogue boxes, that's adding more
steps to the work flow, and it's going against
what we're trying to do here.
That's not really what we want to do.
Now, what we can do though, is use these thing
called Droplets that I mentioned.
What we're going to do is this, we're going
to go to the "File" menu, and then we're going
to go to "Automate", and then we're going
to the third option down called "Create Droplets".
Now, it brings up a similar dialogue box to
that one that was for batch processing, but
the first option over on the left hand side
here, if I just highlight that for you there,
says, "Save droplet in".
Now this is where you want the droplet, the
icon that we're going to use, where do you
want it to be?
My option is always to have them saved on
In fact, you can see just 2 of them, just
That one there, and this one here, these are
I like to save them on my desktop,
it's called "Reds boost", and we'll click
The next section down, it says, "Play what
action that you want to perform for this droplet".
Well, it's in my "Glyn's actions" folder,
and it's going to be the one called "Boost
Reds", and then we've got "Destination".
Now, this is where you can either get Photoshop
to do what I'm going to do now, which is open
the images, perform the hue and saturation
change, save them, and then close them in
the same folder.
It might be, that you have a lot of original
pictures, you need to perform a task to them,
once it's actually done that, you want to
save them in a different folder, so you've
still got the originals there.
You can also do that, within here just by
saying to choose different folder names.
It's really, really handy, but I'm going to
leave this one here to save and close and
Now, let's just dive over to my desktop again,
and now we can see if I just zoom in, over
on the right hand side here, you can see there's
this little icon, this is the droplet icon,
and it's called "Reds boost".
The great thing about this is, I've also got
a folder of images here.
These are all the images I need to now send
over to the publishers, and there's quite a
few in there.
I don't need to open them individually, all
I'm going to have do now, is just grab the
folder, drag it, and drop it, hence the name
droplet, onto the droplet icon, and then let
Now it looks like nothing's really happening,
but all all those actions that appear on those
images, are being performed in the background.
The great thing now, is it allows you now
to carry on doing the more creative stuff.
You might carry on doing some writing, you
might go to your eMails, you might need to
go and find something on the internet, whatever,
it doesn't matter.
All those repetitive tasks that needed to
be done, they're all being done for you.
Just to show you that now, if I just double
click on this little folder here, you can
see all the images in there, let's just zoom
have had the hue and saturation change done
to them in super quick time.
You can see that there, is droplets and how
they can really speed up your work flow.
Now, you can see that on my desktop here,
I already had 2 droplets on here already,
let's just zoom in to show you those.
One called Loxley color, and one called Rocky
Now, the Loxley color one, that's the printing
app that I use.
There's always something that I like to do
to my images to get them to look perfect.
The color is always going to look great anyway,
because of color collaboration and what have
I always find I need to boost the brightness
in them by 20%, before I send them to be printed.
When I've got a load of images, may be out
of Lightroom in a folder, drag them onto
the Loxley color droplet, and then send out
to be printed, and they come back perfect.
The Rocky Nook one here, the publishers,
every single image that goes into my new book,
has to be converted to CMYK, and also has
to have a bit of a color profile change as
There's a lot of images may be 90 in each
All I need to do, drag them onto that droplet,
then it does it for me in the background,
while I get on with the more important stuff.
There you go, that's droplets and how they
can potentially save you a huge amount of
time, by speeding up your work flow, and handing
over the repetitive tasks to Photoshop, for
you to get on with the more creative stuff.
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