In all my years as a professional photographer, I will say that the single-most important thing that I learned was finding ways to speed up my workflow. I would save a handful of my favorite shots from whatever wedding or senior portrait session I did to post to my blog. And, to spare myself a little time I created actions in Photoshop. In this post, I’m going to show you just how to save blog photos with Photoshop actions.
Why You Need Photoshop Actions To Save You Time
I’m sure you can only imagine how overwhelming it feels to shoot an 8-10 hour day wedding. It’s exhilarating, and yet exhausting at the very same time. I still don’t know how some photographers do that every weekend (sometimes even Friday and Sunday). It was probably the sole deciding factor for why I narrowed my niche to high school seniors when I was shooting.
While I’m not a huge fan of over processing your images. And we all know that some of the sets of actions available for Photoshop can be just that, I do appreciate speeding up my workflow of common steps with Photoshop actions when editing my photos.
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To do that, you have to start making Photoshop actions.
Okay, so you’re probably not editing 1000’s of photos at once. Maybe it’s just one photo per blog post you publish. And, yet, I think you’ll find that creating actions are going to save you some time while giving you consistency with your images.
Yep, I said consistency!
You’re creating a brand with your blog. Your photographs need to be representative of that brand. Having the look of each photograph be consistent should be important to you. I’m sure you’re already learning how to set up your shot and have a “theme” for your images. Let’s just throw in editing to that mix.
Some common actions I use are ones that I use on every single photo are a brightness adjustment that I can brush into a deep shadow. Or maybe I have a sharpening method I can’t live without – action. And let’s not forget about the fact that we can save them for the web with a watermark with the click of a button!
Let’s Create a Photoshop Action
I would love to show you how to save blog photos with Photoshop actions right now! This is something we all, as bloggers, have to do. I’ll give you some step-by-step instructions and then, as usual, provide you with a video at the end if you would prefer to learn that way.
- Start out with your photo open in Photoshop. Also, open your logo, but make sure it’s ready for watermark use (the right color, the right size). You should only have two files open at a time for this. My logo for watermarking is usually a transparent PNG in one solid color.
- Next, while your photo window is selected, open the Actions palette via the menu under Windows. On the Actions palette, on the pull-down menu choose New Set and then name it. I would recommend calling it “My Favs” or a something that will help you remember that this is where your favorite custom actions are located.
- Select “New Action” from the pull-down menu of the Actions palette so it will let you create the Action you want to save time in editing. Name your Action and then begin following through with the steps you would take to edit your photo.
- For this process, we want first to resize our image. Go to Image/Resize and size to fit your blog. I save to 800px wide because that’s what my blog size is.
- Now, while the Action is recording, select your logo window by clicking on the top where the file name is, notice the Actions has a new step where it’s selecting another file window.
- In the Actions palette under the menu pull-down, choose Insert Menu Item. You will do this for all of the menu steps we will do for Select All, Copy, and then later Paste. While the small dialogue box has popped up, do the actual menu process for Select All. Then choose OK. It has created this step for you. Repeat for Copy.
- Next, select back over to your photo window by clicking at the top of the window. Notice it places a new Action step in your Actions palette. Repeat the step before by doing a Paste from Insert Menu.
- Finally, create a stop in the Menu that notifies you that you can move the layer menu to a location on the photo that isn’t distracting.
I go further into this by doing the Save for Web to save you that step if you so choose. So feel free to watch the video below to see how I can save you time with how to save blog photos with Photoshop actions!