Is this a job for an action or script?

Explorer ,
May 18, 2022 May 18, 2022

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I'm an architectural visualiser who has a lot of actions that I repeat a lot day-to-day.

 

One of those is once I've finished the final image, I will add a bit of 'punch' by pasting a flattened version of the final image on top of the other layers, applying a 'Camera Raw Filter...' from the filter drop down menu with added clarity and texture, then applying a mask. Then I paint in using this new masked clarity layer where I want extra definition. This is one way I save time avoiding having to bring the image in to Light Room.

 

This is a process I repeat often and I have tried to create in to an action, however I struggle when it comes to getting the action to apply the 'camera raw action' settings. I always set the clarity slider to 70 and the texture slider to 20.

 

Is this a job for a script, or am I missing something that makes it possible to carry out as an action? 

 

To add some clarification to the process:

  1. Flatten image
  2. Copy entire canvas
  3. Go back or 'ctrl z' to before image was flattened
  4. Paste new flattened image layer
  5. Name layer 'Clarity'
  6. Apply 'camera raw filter...' with clarity 70 and texture 20
  7. Apply black mask
  8. Set layer opacity to 35%

 

Any help much appreciated!

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Explorer , May 18, 2022 May 18, 2022
Hello hello I tried it, and it is possible to do this as an action. 1 layer via copy = ctrl+J2 rename the layer by doubleclicking the layer and renaming it to temp (or whatever you want)3 Merge visible = ctrl+alt+shift+e rename to something clear like "clarityLayer"4 do camera raw filter only setting clarity & texture, don't touch anything else, apply the filter5 with the black arrow tool (V) selected type "35" to set the opacity6 alt click the mask icon on the layers panel to add the black mask...

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Hello hello I tried it, and it is possible to do this as an action.

 

1 layer via copy = ctrl+J

2 rename the layer by doubleclicking the layer and renaming it to temp (or whatever you want)

3 Merge visible = ctrl+alt+shift+e rename to something clear like "clarityLayer"

4 do camera raw filter only setting clarity & texture, don't touch anything else, apply the filter

5 with the black arrow tool (V) selected type "35" to set the opacity

6 alt click the mask icon on the layers panel to add the black mask

7 delete temp layer by dragging the layer on the trash can of the layers panel

8 stop recording the action

 

That should get you there... ‌‌

Extras:

9 select the mask channel in the layers panel so it's already selected

10 select the brush tool (B) so it's already selected

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That's fantastic, exactly what I needed. Thanks very much.

 

Separately, is it possible to get this action as a button I can click to on my toolbar instead of using the action menu? Like you would have for a script or addon in other pieces of software.

 

Thanks again.

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Oh cool, happy you're happy. 🙂

Could you please mark it as a correct solution so future viewers of your post know where to look?

 

Action as a button... 2 thoughts:

1. set the action panel to button mode (topright hamburger menu of action panel  > button mode)

or

2. add a keyboard shortcut to the action (select the action > action burger menu > Action Options)

 

yw!

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