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Photoshop commands not available (using actions)

New Here ,
Sep 17, 2017 Sep 17, 2017

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I have some photo editing actions installed that I've been using for YEARS. Everything has been working fine all day. All of a sudden I start getting error messages that are saying "The command is not currently available".  I have no idea what is causing this issue. Someone please HELP!
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Community Expert , Sep 17, 2017 Sep 17, 2017

Actions can record almost any action (command from menu) which you can perform in Photoshop. However, to use some command there are always some requirements like: active selection, layer in the Layers panel selected and so on. For example: you can not ask in step to create selection based on layers content if layer does not contains any pixel, it will display error message. Each step in action is individual command but you must ensure in previous step(s) that requirement is met. To fix your issu

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Sep 17, 2017 Sep 17, 2017

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Other times I'm getting an error saying "Could not complete the command because the active layer is empty." This issue is really annoying.

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Actions can record almost any action (command from menu) which you can perform in Photoshop. However, to use some command there are always some requirements like: active selection, layer in the Layers panel selected and so on. For example: you can not ask in step to create selection based on layers content if layer does not contains any pixel, it will display error message. Each step in action is individual command but you must ensure in previous step(s) that requirement is met. To fix your issue you must expand action and action steps to see what is recorded, which step is causing error message and if that step or command requires something like pixels on layer then look at previous steps(s) to determine why that requirement is not met.

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 27, 2018 Oct 27, 2018

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I get a similar series of error messages when I open Photoshop without an file active, starting with the "Make"command.

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Community Expert ,
Oct 27, 2018 Oct 27, 2018

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Which exactly messages, can you post screenshot with error message and Layers panel visible.

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Oct 27, 2018 Oct 27, 2018

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Screen Shot 2018-10-28 at 4.00.05 pm.png

This is followed by several other similar error messages.

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Oct 27, 2018 Oct 27, 2018

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This is happening when you run/start Photoshop? Although I am not able to reproduce the problem my suggestion is to check File > Scripts > Script Events Manager and to remove any script/action associated with Start Application event.

Please see a screenshot with steps to remove event: select event then click Remove button and lastly click Done button to confirm and exit.

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 27, 2018 Oct 27, 2018

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okay - that seems to have fixed it - thanks!

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 08, 2022 Dec 08, 2022

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I also have this problem. Actions are bogged down by a succession of error messages

The command “Move” is not currently available.

The command “Make” is not currently available.

The command “Color Range” is not currently available.

The command “Fill” is not currently available.

The command “Levels” is not currently available.

The command “Desaturate” is not currently available.

The command “Invert” is not currently available.

Could not complete the command because the selected area is empty.

 

None of my paint effect actions now work. Could this be due to one overall setting problem? The error messages are soooo user-unfriendly, clearly designed by a programmer and not be a UX designer. really weak.

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 26, 2022 Dec 26, 2022

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did you get an answer for this? I am having this exact issue. 

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New Here ,
Dec 26, 2022 Dec 26, 2022

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Me too. Please give me an advice. Thanks!

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Community Expert ,
Dec 26, 2022 Dec 26, 2022

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The correct answer from Bojan still applies. The file's current state does not match the action step requirements.

 

To help resolve such issues, please provide a screenshot with the action panel open and with the steps expanded with the error message visible so that we can see which recorded step is creating the error.

 

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New Here ,
Jan 24, 2023 Jan 24, 2023

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I think it might be because you're running actions on a smart layer when the actions were originally recorded on a raster layer, or vice versa.

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