How to Install Photoshop Actions

By Tata Rossi 24 days ago, Photoshop Tips

Don’t know how to install Photoshop actions and manage them in the simplest way possible? I will show you how to add Photoshop actions on Mac and Windows in several easy steps.

Method #1. Add Actions via the Program Menu

STEP 1. After downloading the necessary Photoshop actions to your laptop, open Photoshop CC and activate Actions window. Another way to do it is by pressing Alt + F9 (Options + F9).

STEP 2. Now, when you can see the Action window, click on the menu in the form of several bars at the top right corner of this window and select Load Actions.

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STEP 3. After selecting the folder with the necessary Actions, single them out and click Load.

STEP 4. Expand the list of available actions by clicking the triangle to the left of the action name.

STEP 5. Select the action and click the “Play” button. The play button is located in the top right corner of the menu or at the bottom of the Actions panel.

Method #2. Just Open Your .ATN Files

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You can just double-click on your Action and it will open in Photoshop. But in such a way the Actions won’t be saved when the program is restarted.


  • • I have downloaded the actions, but the result differs from your example. What is the problem?

You need to choose Actions individually for each photo. Sometimes, it is necessary to play with the action’s settings your own. But more often you get remarkable results.

  • • How can I change my photos using Ps actions?

In fact, you can make any image edits automatic with the help of actions. This includes color correction, the possibility to change eye color, whiten teeth or perform double exposure editing.

  • • How can I make my work in Photoshop even more convenient, besides installing actions?

Frankly speaking, actions aren’t the only way to work faster and more conveniently in Photoshop. You can also install Photoshop brushes or other Photoshop plugins and significantly expand the functionality of the program.

  • • Which operating systems are compatible with Ps Actions?

Actions Photoshop will work perfectly with both Microsoft Windows and with OS X (Mac), if you have an appropriate version of Adobe Photoshop installed. Remember, actions work with all versions, even with the free Photoshop trial.

  • • Can I use actions in other programs?

Yes. Most free Photoshop alternatives allow using actions, plugins and brushes. Programs like GIMP are completely free and support many add-ons for Photoshop. Photopea even allows you to use actions while working in a browser.

  • • What should I do, if actions for Photoshop don’t work?

The first step is to restart and reset the program settings. Besides, a common mistake is an attempt to download the action in the .ZIP format. Do not forget to unzip it. These are the most frequent installation problems.

  • • How to delete an unnecessary action?

In order to delete an action from the list, you need to pick your action and move it to the recycle bin at the bottom of this window.

  • • Which Photoshop versions should I install to work with Actions?

Most of the Ps actions packages represented on our website are compatible with Adobe Photoshop CS4, CS5, CS6 and Photoshop CC. Keep in mind that in rare cases actions require Photoshop CC or a later release, because of the demand to support RAW files of certain cameras.

If our actions don’t work on your version, just let us know and we will provide assistance in solving any problems! Please remember that we always recommend using the latest version of Photoshop.

  • • Which image format will I receive after working with Lightroom presets?

You can save the picture in any desired format, including RAW.

  • • What if I can't get my Ps actions to work?

To troubleshoot problematic actions, you need to restart and reset the program settings. The users often make a mistake by downloading the actions in the. ZIP format. Unzip the installation files and try again.

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