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Hi and welcome back.

Welcome to Photoshop Friday on a Tuesday.  I get behind often, so watch out, someday I’ll get so far behind that Photoshop Friday will actually happen on a Friday, just stay tuned.

Ok, for today, I’m going to show you how to create your own action.

Here is a screenshot of the image I want to sharpen for the Internet.  I gave you my web settings a few posts ago, but I’ll give you them again during the tutorial.

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The first thin you have to do is get your action palette out of button mode.  Click on the far right downward triangle to get into button mode and then uncheck the mode:

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Once unchecked, your palette will look like this.  Then, on the bottom of the palette, there is a small icon that looks like a sticky note pad with the lower left corner dogeared.

Click this button and this will start the action creating process:

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Once the action creation process is started, a box will come up that asks a few question.

Here, I keep things simple:

Title: Web Sharpen

Location: Default Actions, this will put the action in the top portion of the list

Function Key Command: I don’t use this but you can

Color: I color code all the actions I create, here I chose blue

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Once you fill in all the blanks, click record and your action will start to record.  You will see the red button on the bottom turn on.  Now, use Ctrl-J to duplicate your background layer:

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Now go to the top of the page and select Filter>Sharpen>Unsharp Mask and put in your web sharpening numbers:

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Once this is complete, you will turn off the action by clicking the green square on the left of the action palette.  You can see the action Unsharp Mask that you created in the action palette.  Note, the left arrow points to the stop action box, it is not green here but it will be green when you click it:

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Then we return to the top right corner and that little downward arrow to bring the action palette back to Button Mode and voila, your blue colored action for web sharpening is there in full view ready to use:

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That’s out tutorial for today.  On Friday, I’ll show you how to batch process and convert a folder of images into web images pressed and sharpened and ready for output for a client or web use.

That’s it for today.  Till Friday, happy Photohsopping!