Some aspects of picture editing are fairly repetitive. Why not use an automatic tool for all those picture editing processes? Following is a look at how Photoshop activities can help save you time. Picture: iStock/undreyI guarantee with every photograph I shootthe processing will have a measure of sharpening the image. TypicallyI use the high pass filter in Photoshop to sharpen my pictures as I like the results of doing frequency separation on the image. I previously shared a how-to video on using the high pass filter from Photoshop. Since sharpening is always completed with my editing, I chose to implement a Photoshop”action” to accelerate my editing workflow. Here’s how you can do the same. What’s a Photoshop activity? Contrary to Lightroom, Photoshop requires you to click through menu choices or enter keyboard shortcuts to perform specific editing measures. This is not as fast as pushing sliders on the display, but it’s still an effective way to use this app. Photoshop actions allow you to record the clicks along with other choices and implement them later. Consider activities as macros to get Photoshop. SEE: social networking coverage (Tech Guru Research)Establishing your own actionPhotoshop activities will record every click and shortcut you enter. Right clicks aren’t advised when it comes to producing an action. Menu choices and keyboard shortcuts have successfully worked for me personally. In my example, I’m going to how free photoshop actions speed up your photo retouching – prepare an action to finish a high pass filter on my picture. First, go to the Photoshop Actions menu or click Actions on the toolbar (Figure A). If you don’t find the Actions menu or even the Actions application, then go to the Window menu and select Actions. Figure A Picture: Ant Pruitt In the Actions palette, click the New Action icon (Figure B), that looks like a sheet of newspaper, to create your new action. Figure B Name the action whatever you’d like–just as long as you can locate it in the menu after. I called it My Sharpening in this case (Figure C). Figure CWhen you’re all set to roll, click the red record button to start recording what you’re doing on the screen. Remember, Photoshop is not recording video of everything you are doing. It’s just recording what you’re clicking and how you’re doing it. Developing a high pass filter on my image requires a few steps: replicating the original layer in the Layers panel, creating smart objects, grouping the smart objects, applying a Gaussian blur on a single layer, applying high pass filter on the opposite layer, and shifting the top pass filter’s blend mode to Linear Light–each of which is listed with my new activity. You can see everything that’s implemented in the Layers panel over the lower-right facet of this display (Figure D)