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Photoshop Actions: Is your actions palette a mess?  Does going into your actions palette to play an action sometimes stress you out? If so, it may be time to unclutter your actions palette and better organize it so you can be more efficient in Photoshop.

This Photoshop video tutorial will teach you how to save and archive unused actions and then delete them from your actions palette. Plus you will learn to make sets of your favorite actions and even make folders with just color actions, black and white actions, sharpening actions, etc.

This will allow you to be faster and find what you want when you are working in photoshop.

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  1. Shannon White (S & G Photography) on September 10, 2009 at 9:31 am

    I’ve wondered how you stack actions into a new action. You mentioned you have done this with your new workflow process. I’m assuming it matters how the original action was set up since most want the original image to be a flat image.

  2. jessica~ on September 10, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Jodi, this is great. My last workflow was using your Crackle and either Mama Bear or Baby Bear, so there was constant scrolling up and down the Quickie collection. This was exactly what I needed. I love your video tutorials!!! THNX!

  3. Brad on September 10, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Thanks, Jodi! What a huge help! I was wondering how to de-clutter and combine my favorite actions into a set. This helps me out tons. Thanks again!

  4. Susan Keller on September 10, 2009 at 10:23 am

    Thank you so much, Jodi!! Your directions are always so clear to understand. I just created my own Favorites folder 🙂

  5. Gina on September 10, 2009 at 10:43 am

    I see some new actions in that palette of yours!! i’m excited!! great tut

  6. Elaine Nawiesniak on September 10, 2009 at 11:07 am

    This was extremely helpful and I appreciate you showing us how to do this. This alone will cut a lot of time from my post production b/c I had too many things scattered all over that I use on a regular basis and I was wasting time searching for them. I knew there was a better way but I didn’t know how to do it. Thank you!

  7. Debbie G on September 10, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Thank you Jodi, that was an excellent video that I am sure a lot of people will learn from!! Your a great teacher…

  8. tanya on September 10, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Thanks A BUNCH Jodi!! This totally helped me I feel like I just cleaned out a closet. LOL!

  9. Wendy Mayo on September 10, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    I knew there was a way to copy. The ALT key! You are such a guru!

  10. Jill Franklin on September 10, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    You’re so going to laugh at me, but I cleared out my actions and readded the one’s I wanted to use back in each time. Wwhhhew! What a time muncher that was! Thank you so very much for yet another eye opening ah-ha moment!!! *Muwah!*

  11. Adam on September 10, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    I would be interested to hear your opinion (pro’s and con’s) in the different ways Actions can be listed. Either the folder/tree structure you use, or having them displayed as coloured buttons. I use the same folder/tree display method, but know others that use the button mode and swear by it.Thanks!

  12. Kris on September 10, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Thanks so much! I was wondering how to do this.

  13. Kathleen on September 10, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Thanks, I really need to do this. What a simple way to organize by color, favorites, and b/s. I think that is where I will start.

  14. Tracy on September 10, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Thanks!!! VERY helpful!

  15. Sylvia Cook on September 10, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    One of the most helpful posts ever Jodi, thanks so much. It will sure make my life easier!

  16. MCP Actions on September 10, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Adam – It is a personal preference – button mode versus the normal mode. I think you can guess which I like and prefer. I never really became a fan of the buttons – I like things organized and easily laid out.

  17. Kelly on September 10, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! I have been wondering if there’s a way to do this!! I am so excited to go and get organized now!Kelly

  18. Debbie Perrin on September 10, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Jodi,Your photoshop skills never cease to amaze me! My PS learning is at an all time high because you share so much! THANK YOU!

  19. Jenny on September 10, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Is this only for CS4? Because this doesn’t look anything like what I have (CS3).Thanks!Jenny

    • MCP Actions on September 10, 2009 at 8:27 pm

      Jenny – it was recorded in CS4 – but actions can be organizes in any version of full PS.

  20. Gillian on September 11, 2009 at 1:05 am

    Thanks Jodi, that was great!!

  21. web development and design on September 11, 2009 at 2:14 am

    Thanks for sharing the video.

  22. DaniGirl on September 11, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    This is terrific — thanks! If you don’t mind, can I ask a sort-of off topic question? I’ve heard that adding too many actions will slow down or even compromise PS. Do you think that’s true? I’ve been afraid to collect too many, just in case.

  23. Barb Ray - Thru Barb's Lens on September 11, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Were you reading my mind???? I really needed this…I’ve moved the full folder of actions around but didn’t have any idea how to make my own sets. Hopefully I will have this done before our session on Tuesday!! LOL!!! :o)

  24. Rebecca on September 19, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    THANK YOU Jodi!!! I’ve been wanting to organize and clean up my actions for a while now. You rock!

  25. Thauna on September 19, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    This is just what I needed!!! Thanks so much!

  26. Amy Cameron on October 7, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Oh my goodness…this was so helpful. Thank you so much! I had saved this in my rss feed to come back and watch and finally did. I am so glad. Thanks again. -Amy

  27. Tracey Tilson on March 5, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Erin from Texas Chicks Blogs and Pics sent me this way. Thank you so much for the tutorial! This will calm the chaos in my PSCS5! ~Tracey

  28. claire on March 23, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Super helpful. Thanks so much!

  29. Amanda on September 5, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Man I wish this were for Elements! I have 10 and would love to do this! But I also get overwhelmed with the number of actions and forget what they do, any tips for that?

  30. Tracey on December 11, 2012 at 10:40 am

    How do I just rearrange the existing folders? When I move them with the alt key pressed, it will place them… but as a “copy” folder. Is there a way to move folders without creating a copy? Thanks Jodi! Happy Holidays!

  31. Paul on February 4, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Hi JodiThanks for this tutorial, I found this very useful.

  32. Ambre on November 30, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Oh my goodness, I have been wishing for this! THANK YOU!!!!

  33. Helen Gannon - Newborn Photographer on March 6, 2014 at 5:48 am

    Thank you so much! I was getting lost in all my actions!

  34. Baby Photography by Helen on January 3, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Brilliant! Thank you for doing this it really helps.

  35. Claudia on December 5, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Hello!Thank you for this post. Do you know how to organize actions in Elements 14? I just recently updated from PSE 10 and was able to install all my actions but I just can’t organize them the way I want and it’s driving me crazy! Can you please help me?

  36. Kathryn Geddie on January 11, 2016 at 2:02 am

    Like Claudia I would love to know if there is away to do this in PSE 14. I just moved from 10, and I hate that I can’t group my favorite actions! 🙁

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