How to record Photoshop shapes actions tutorial

actionsHow to record custom shapes actions in Photoshop / tool recording in CC 2018 2017 2015 CS6 etc.


Display the actions panel. Go to the right side menu. Select the 'allow tool recording' (for the shapes as well as brushes and other tools). Now use the custom shape tool and create (you can also use brushes etc and other tools in toolbar). Select the CSH tool and layer option. Select the required vector in the presets dropdown (the name is stored during the process). Click the new action button in actions panel. Apply effects and the layers etc and then click the stop button


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toolThe key thing is the actions panel in Photoshop and set the 'allow tool recording' to ON for the custom shapes


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The position of the artworks, the type, the color etc is stored. Once this is done, the tool's actions are stored.


To generate this item for your set, simply go to the actions panel and click the record button. Give it a name, give it a function key (if you want), what set you want to add it to and a color.


Do the various steps that you want to be used and then click the stop button found at the bottom of the panel


nameYou will note that if you are using vector designs and layers then the layer's name is stored and playback will always use that reference.


It does not store anything about the actual vector so if you want to use a different vector with the same script then you can.


The workaround is to go to make a note of the name of the preset used and then rename that preset and select another preset and rename that to the item listed in the script (you can expand the entries and see the name used such as curve 1 in the image on the right). The playback will now use that preset and not the earlier renamed one.


thinOne issue with using the vector designs is that if you use a thin design then any applied playback will generate a thin design. If the artwork is a huge design in the horizontal, the playback will generate the same. There is no particular workaround that other than capturing artworks in a set of different playbacks such as 'square' 'thin' 'wide' etc and then using those with the artwork


The image on the left shows the vector layers of a vector design that was originally proportional 1:1 and now is more 3:1 as it has been added in the same proportions as the original vector used in the script


batchYou can also use the playbacks in the PS batch processes to apply the same work to 100s of files in a folder (batch process can be found in the file menu in the automate category) and you can then add a frame or circular graphic to each and every file or perhaps add a quick watermark to 1000s of files in a folder and much more.


It should be noted that the artwork's size does not match the document. If you created the artwork in a document that is 100 x 100 and stored those steps. Running the batch process with a 1000 x 1000 size document doesn't suddenly make the small vector design match the relative size of the document and the vector will still be 100 x 100 and stuck in the top left of the document. Likewise if the document is smaller than the original, the artwork will be cut off


The tool steps can be re-played over and over again to create all kinds of designs such as the grids. You can change the name of any preset in the preset's panel as well as remove the previous stored named preset - best not to have both presets to confuse the playback. Play via the panel. You can then go to the layers panel and select all the generated vector designs and then go to the edit menu and transform and scale the design and then define that as a new preset. This can then be used again via the playback as long as you use the same name as before.


This can be repeated over and over to create infinitely more complex designs from a basic set of paths



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