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Making the Most Out of the Actions Browser

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April 2, 2018

As ACDSee Pro and Ultimate now come pre-loaded with a ton of actions, you can easily take a mediocre image and make it interesting in as long as it takes to choose an action. Previewing is as simple as opening the Actions Browser and clicking actions in the left column. There’s a number of categories to choose from in the drop-down menu, so you can easily choose something that suits the style you’re going for.

Previewing and Applying Actions

Let’s run through the process assuming you want to choose a pre-loaded action and apply it to multiple photos at once. You can do this from Mange, View, or Edit mode. Obviously, you need to select an image to open in View or Edit mode, or select one or more images if you’re in Manage mode.

First things first: How do you open the Actions Browser?

In Manage mode, do one of the following:

  • Click ActionsActions Browser…
  • Click ToolsBrowse Actions…
  • Click ToolsACDSee Actions | Actions Browser…
  • Right-click the image(s) and choose ACDSee ActionsActions Browser… from the context menu.
  • Right-click the image(s) and choose Browse Actions…from the context menu.

(If you select multiple images, only the first image will be previewed. However, if you play a recording, it will apply to all selected images.)

In View mode, do one of the following:

  • Press the Open Actions Browser pane button. 
  • Click ToolsBrowse Actions…
  • Click ToolsACDSee Actions | Actions Browser…

In Edit mode, do one of the following:

  • Click PanesActions Browser.
  • Click ToolsBrowse Actions…
  • Click ToolsACDSee Actions | Actions Browser…
  • Press the Toggle Actions Browser button in the Toolbar.

Then, once you’ve opened the Actions Browser, (regardless which mode you’re in), you choose a category from the drop-down menu.

Select the thumbnail of the recording you wish to preview from the left column. View the preview of how your current image would appear with the selected action applied in the right column.

Or you can toggle the Preview button in the top right corner to view the adjustment steps of the selected action.

Now what happens if you find an action you like and want to apply it? You can simply press the Play button.

How do we apply an action in Manage mode? Maybe even to a bunch of images at once?

Select one or more images in the File List pane.

Then you can access the Actions Browser and apply an action in any of the following ways:

  • Choose ToolsACDSee Actions | <your desired category> | <your desired action> | Play.
  • Choose ToolsBrowse Actions… In the Actions Browser, select your desired category from the drop-down menu. Select the recording from the left column. Press the Play button
  • Right-click the image(s) and choose ACDSee Actions<your desired recording> | Play.
  • Right-click the image(s) and choose Browse Actions…In the Actions Browser, select your desired category from the drop-down menu. Select the recording from the left column. Press the Play button
  • Choose ActionsActions Browser… In the Actions Browser, select your desired category from the drop-down menu. Select the recording from the left column. Press the Play button
  • Choose Actions <your desired category><your desired action> | Play.

You can also apply them from View mode.

  • Choose ToolsACDSee Action | <your desired category> | <your desired action>Play.
  • Choose ToolsBrowse Actions. In the Actions Browser, select your desired category from the drop-down menu. Select the recording from the left column. Press the Play button.
  • Press the Open the Action Browser Pane button.  In the Actions Browser, select your desired category from the drop-down menu. Select the recording from the left column. Press the Play button.
  • Right-click the image(s) and choose ACDSee Actions<your desired recording> | Play.
  • Right-click the image(s) and choose Browse Actions… In the Actions Browser, select your desired category from the drop-down menu. Select the recording from the left column. Press the Play button.

So many choices!

And here’s a few more ways to go about it in Edit mode:

  • Choose PanesActions Browser. In the Actions Browser, select your desired category from the drop-down menu. Select the recording from the left column. Press the Play button
  • Choose ToolsACDSee Actions | <your desired category> | <your desired action> | Play.
  • Choose ToolsACDSee Actions | Actions Browser… In the Actions Browser, select your desired category from the drop-down menu. Select the recording from the left column. Press the Play button.
  • Choose ToolsBrowse Actions. In the Actions Browser, select your desired category from the drop-down menu. Select the recording from the left column. Press the Play button
  • Press the Toggle Actions Browser button.  In the Actions Browser, select your desired category from the drop-down menu. Select the recording from the left column. Press the Play button.

For you Ultimate users, you can apply a recording to a singular image layer by selecting the layer in the Layered Editor and pressing the Play button in the Actions Browser.

Managing Action Categories

Now let’s discuss managing these actions. As mentioned, you can organize actions in categories, as you like. You can move them around as you please. And you can also delete categories.

Move an action to another category by selecting it in the left column of the Actions Browser. Then do one of the following:

  • Click the Move to Category button. 
  • Right-click and choose Move to Category from the context menu.

In the Move to Category dialog, select a category from the drop-down menu, and press OK. You can also create a new category at this time by entering a name in the Category field.

How about adding or deleting categories? Creating your own category is also really easy. In the Actions Browser, click the Add a New Category button.   In the Add a New Category dialog, enter a name for your new category. Then press OK.

And if you don’t like that, or any other category, just delete it. Click the Delete Category button.  Conveniently, deleting a category does not mean losing the actions inside. All the actions from this category will be moved to Uncategorized. So you really do have the freedom to organize the way you want.

Creating Your Own Actions

Now how about if you want to make your own action and store it in a category of your choosing?

So, first off, why would you make an action when there’s already so many pre-made ones to choose from? Since you can record any Edit mode adjustment, it’s basically like batch editing on steroids. You can essentially automate your entire experience. Rather than having to repeat the same steps for a series of images, you save time by doing it once while recording it as an action and then applying it to as many images as you want. In addition, after applying a recording with adjustment layers, you can open the image in Edit mode and continue tweaking the adjustment layers in the Layered Editor, allowing for non-destructive image editing. This can really help with menial tasks, like watermarking all of your work, for example.

You can kick off your recording by using the RecordStop, and Play buttons at the top of the Tools panel.   You can tear off this ACDSee Actions bar and move it anywhere on your screen(s), as needed. So you press the Recording button before you begin making changes to your image. But if you forget to start recording before you’ve started adjusting, no sweat. Simply use the Undo button or Undo All in the History Window.

Then start recording, and use the Redo button to add your adjustments back.

When you’re done making changes to the image, press the Stop button.   If you pressed the Stop button by accident, press Cancel to continue recording. In the Save Action dialog box, enter a name for your recording.

Select a category for your action from the drop-down menu, or enter a name to create a new category. Press Save. Your recording will now be available in the Actions Browser under the category you chose (or created).

Use the steps in the Previewing and Applying Actions section above to apply the actions to your photos. It’s worth mentioning that, when applied to images that are a different size than the one used in the recording, actions that involve drawings, geometry, or the layering of images will be scaled to the target image proportionally using a percentage of the width and height independently. However, crop size is absolute, (based on the number of pixels). Crop position is relative, also based on the number of pixels. For best results with tools from the Geometry group, apply your recordings to similarly sized images.

You can rename your action by selecting the recording in the Actions Browser. Then do one of the following:

  • Right-click and choose Rename.
  • Press the Rename button. 

Then enter a new name in the field and press OK.

And if you want to delete your recording, there’s a couple options available there. But be sure because there’s isn’t a way to undo it and you won’t find your deleted recording in your system’s Recycle bin.

Select the recording in the Actions Browser. Then do one of the following:

  • Right-click and choose Delete.
  • Press the Delete button. 

There you have it! Everything you need to know about making the most out of the Actions Browser, customizing your category and action organization, and how to fly through your tasks in batches.

 

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