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organize actions

Community Beginner ,
Feb 22, 2022 Feb 22, 2022

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I think photoshop can make a better (faster) workflow possible if you can organize all your actions better. I was used to "the retouching toolkit", when all af a sudden they decided to update and made the old version impossible to use. I would have to purchase a new version all over again (with no garanty if, of when they would do a next update). 

 

I do think making better/faster workflow possible should be a adobe update, and not a purchasable plugin from a third party. It would help a lot of professional photoshop users. 

 

I see it as the following: the ability right now is a closet where you can only stack your actions. The more actions you have, the more scrolling to find your action.

It would be nice if you were able to design your own closed (like in The Retouching Toolkit). 

 

So Adobe: please learn from this third party, and develop tools like this (and as the develloper of Photoshop, you could even de better) for all your users. 

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Adobe Employee ,
Jun 07, 2023 Jun 07, 2023

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Hi there, my team and I are thinking about revamping Actions, and your comments caught my attention. What capabilities would you like to "design your own Actions panel"? Create big bold sections? drag sections around? Let me know what you think would be the best experience for organizing! Thank you,

--Fiona Yu

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Community Expert ,
Jun 07, 2023 Jun 07, 2023

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Hi there, my team and I are thinking about revamping Actions, and your comments caught my attention. What capabilities would you like to "design your own Actions panel"? Create big bold sections? drag sections around? Let me know what you think would be the best experience for organizing! Thank you,

--Fiona Yu

 

@FionaYu 

 

Some initial options to consider in the "default" mode (not button mode):

 

* Alpha/numeric sorting (ascending and descending)

 

* Addition of a search field to either filter or simply select/highlight an action set or action and or filtering options similar to the layer panel. Search options for an action name beginning with or containing certain words (bonus points for making this regular expression or literal search capable).

 

* Ability to move one or more selected sets to the top or bottom of the panel (honouring pinned sets)

 

* Ability to tag sets as favourites

 

* Ability to pin action sets to the top, which would be honoured when using alphabetical sorting

 

* Create virtual groups or sets (whether colour coded or not), new users always wish to store action sets inside action sets, not understanding that the set "folder" is really a file and not a folder

 

I'd need to think about others, these are just off the top of my head...

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Adobe Employee ,
Jun 07, 2023 Jun 07, 2023

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Thank you for this list! This is a great starting point. Feel free to write back if you think of more ideas!

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Enthusiast ,
Jun 07, 2023 Jun 07, 2023

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@FionaYu, ability to move actions in the Button mode (while holding a hotkey) would be nice;

 

groups inside the button mode would also be nice 🙂

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