FAQ - PHOTOSHOP ACTIONS

What are Photoshop Actions? Is it like a plug in or filter?

You will need Adobe Photoshop to run these actions.


Unlike plug-ins, extensions, scripts or other external image editing softwares, Photoshop Actions are already a built-in feature of Photoshop meaning they are simple, user friendly and intuitive to use without degrading or diminishing the quality of your work! 


Whoop.


If you are not using Photoshop Actions to help speed up and streamline your editing, you're missing out on a huge trick. 


in a nutshell, Photoshop comes with the capability to 'record' a series of steps taken when editing an image and to save these steps to play again and again on different images. This is called an 'action'. You can 'play the action' every time you wish to recreate these steps on a new image. 


The LSP Photoshop Actions take this not just one step further, but in leaps and bounds ahead of others to make sure you never have a bad editing day again. Some of the LSP Actions play upwards of 300 separate clicks to set up layers for you in just a few seconds... imagine how long this would take you in real time! (OK, I did do this in real time and trust me, it is a slow and painful process haha) 


Once you install your LSP Action set into Photoshop, it will always be there for you whenever you wish to use it and however you wish to apply it.


You can use LSP Actions for a complete edit, a part edit or only sometimes - it's up to you! 


See the next tabs for a brief run down on how to use photoshop actions...

I'm a beginner, are these difficult?

WATCH THE VIDEO: How To Use Photoshop Actions 


The LSP Actions can be used by beginners and experts alike - but it is recommended you have a basic understanding of Photoshop and know your way around the basics to give you the best head start. 


It's recommended you have basic knowledge of Layer Masks (though the Actions come with a mini instruction guide on layer masks). 


 You can also watch the latest video demos anytime by visiting LSP Actions on Youtube.


Beginners find they can create professional images far quicker by using the actions than by muddling through trying to figure Photoshop out! 


You can also learn from the actions as you go, meaning you will become more proficient at hand editing too!

How should I use these?

WATCH THE VIDEO: How To Use Photoshop Actions 


If you know how to use layer masks and brushes in Photoshop, you'll already have a head start on using Photoshop Actions.


You can see and play your LSP Actions by opening up the actions palette (see below for more help). 


Then you simply click on an action (ie Reduce The Reds) and it will play out as a separate layer with a layer mask. 


You then paint this on to your image as you like.


You can leave it as it is, or you can play with the opacity of the effect, play again for a stronger effect, edit it yourself if you wish... the freedom with LSP Actions is phenomenal for beginners and experts alike.

How can I access my Photoshop Actions download?

When you make a purchase at LSP Actions, you will immediately receive a download link at checkout upon payment.


You will also receive an email confirmation email plus a download link to retrieve your digital products whenever you like. This email will be sent to the email address you used to purchase with. 


If you can't see an email from me, please run a search of your inbox for "LSP Actions": this should bring up your order email and download link (plus any previous purchases or updates). So long as this is the email address you purchased with, you should have no problem locating your download this way.


You can also login to your account and download your files at anytime. Don't have an account? You can create an account and this will automatically add any downloads plus future updates - just be sure to register with the same email address you used to purchase with.




3. I STILL CAN'T ACCESS MY DOWNLOAD/UPDATE: Occasionally, there can be an issue that prevents you receiving emails relating to your order or seeing your downloads in your account. Sometimes something simple, such as a typo in the original purchase email address, or your email provider filtering or blocking messages from LSP Actions. It could also be the fact you purchased with a different email address and can't remember which one. 


Occasionally, you might be able to see the download, but access to the link may be broken or invalid. Rare but it can happen! 


If you can't find your download via your inbox or your account, don't worry. Please contact me at hello@lsp-actions.com with as much information as possible about your order so I can locate and resend for you. 


I aim to reply within 24 hours, but please be aware that due to holidays or family commitments this can be a little longer sometimes.



How do I install Photoshop Actions?

After download, unzip the file. Then you can just double-click your new action and it will appear at the bottom of your Actions Palette in Photoshop! 


NEED MORE HELP? Visit this page for more information of how to install Photoshop actions.


TIP - Always download your actions and back the folder up to a secure Drive should you need them again in the future. 



Are they Compatible with my version of Photoshop CS, CC or PSE?

The LSP Actions are designed for use in Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud in English.


Some of the LSP Actions can be used in earlier versions of Photoshop CS2- - CS6 or Photoshop Elements (PSE) but this depends on the individual action set.


Please read the product description of each action set to find out.


If you are not sure if your version of Photoshop is compatible, please email me for support at hello@lsp-actions.com and I'll try to get back to you within 24-48 hours  



I can't find or see the LSP Actions in Photoshop

The actions palette is built into Photoshop. 


If you can't see it, simply go up to "WINDOW" and select "ACTIONS" - Now your action palette will magically appear and ready to use.


You can also use the shortcut keys [ALT] + [F9] to make your action palette appear.


I like to make sure the actions palette is dragged into a tall, narrow column so all the actions appear in a list rather than all over the place :) Simply click the side and drag it in! 

Your Actions are color coded, but mine just look grey. How can I get the colours?

I've set the Actions into workflow order and also color coded them into sections for ease of use. This view mode is known as "Button Mode". 


There are two ways of viewing Actions in Photoshop:


Editing Mode: This default view mode appears grey. It is laid out in a way which means you can open the action files to see what's inside them and alter the actions. When using this mode, you will need to choose an action then click 'play' in order to run the action. When you are on this mode, it's easy to accidentally alter your actions (toggling) so they no longer work properly, or to click them and accidentally open them up to show every single command (which looks very messy!)


Button mode: This view mode is where you can see the colors I have set in workflow order. You can simply click directly on an action to play it. 


To view in button mode, go to the top of your actions palette and you will see four little lines in the top right corner [ ‚Č£ ] Click this and select "Button Mode"


You will now be able to view and use your actions in color coded one-click order ūüėä



My Actions have stopped working

Please delete your actions, restart Photoshop and reinstall your actions from your original purchased file. If they were working well before, it means something has been changed. Please make sure your corrupt set is definitely deleted before reinstalling.

Background Layer / Run errors

The actions need a Background layer to call upon whilst running. 


If you have cropped your image in Photoshop, there is a chance your base layer is now called "layer 0" which means the actions cannot run. 


Fix this by flattening your image before running any LSP Actions, or renaming your base layer "Background".

The Actions don't play 

This could be to do with your version of Photoshop - please check that your version is compatible [as mentioned above] before purchasing the actions as due to the nature of digital downloads, I cannot issue refunds (see the Ts & Cs)


If you are using an illegal copy of the latest Photoshop program, the actions may well not play properly as not all features will be installed. Please don't ever use cracked, shared, copied or illegal software!


Please always use the latest version of Adobe Photoshop CC in English for the best results. 


Please also check your Photoshop Preferences to ensure you are working using the maximum performance your computer allows.


If you are using an old version of Photoshop, even if LSP says it's compatible the software can degrade over time. Try reinstalling your version of Photoshop.

There are too many layers!

It is important to flatten your image regularly in between actions. If too many action layers build up, it can play havoc with your run time and can cause error messages and program errors. 


This depends a lot on your computer spec' and how well your version of Photoshop and it's preferences can handle rendering lots of layers. 


Keep things clean and simple. If you worry about flattening please save back-up versions. 


Sometimes, similar actions can conflict with each-other if your image isn't flattened.


I recommend flattening every one or two actions to keep things running smoothly.

My Actions have been updated, where do I find the updated file?

When a LSP Actions product gets updated or altered, I work hard to make sure every customer who owns the set receives the updated version via email as well as to their account.


1. DOWNLOADS AND UPDATES VIA EMAIL: Updated product emails will automatically go out to the original email address you purchased with. If you can't see an email from me, please run a search of your inbox for "LSP Actions": this should bring up your original order email, original download email and any updated product emails since your purchase.  So long as this is the email address you purchased with, you should have no problem locating your download or updated file this way.


2. DOWNLOADS AND UPDATES VIA YOUR ACCOUNT: You can login to your account and download your files at anytime. Your updates will also show in your account. Don't have an account? You can create an account and this will automatically add any downloads or updates from previous purchases, just be sure to register with the same email address you used to purchase with.


3. I STILL CAN'T ACCESS MY DOWNLOAD/UPDATE: Occasionally, there can be an issue that prevents you receiving emails relating to your order or seeing your downloads in your account. Sometimes something simple, such as a typo in the original purchase email address, or your email provider filtering or blocking messages from LSP Actions. It could also be the fact you purchased with a different email address and can't remember which one. 


Occasionally, you might be able to see the download, but access to the link may be broken or invalid. Rare but it can happen! 


If you can't find your download via your inbox or your account, don't worry. Please contact me at hello@lsp-actions.com with as much information as possible about your order so I can locate and resend for you. 


I aim to reply within 24 hours, but please be aware that due to holidays or family commitments this can be a little longer sometimes.