How to Rerecord an Action in Photoshop CS6

After you create a new action in Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 6, you can try it out by opening an image and clicking the Play button in the Actions panel. If the action doesn’t perform the way you expect, you may need to edit your action to fine-tune it or rerecord it.

As easy as editing an action is, your best option is often to simply rerecord the action from scratch. If the action isn’t long or complex, you can often rerecord it in less time than editing the existing action. You can rerecord an action two ways:

  • Create a new action from scratch. Perform all the steps again to replace the old action with a new one, saving the action with the same (or a different) filename.

  • Use the clever Record Again feature. Photoshop runs through the steps that you already recorded, opening the dialog boxes that you used the first time so that you can enter new values.

    This Record Again method is very handy if you want to change only some of the parameters, keeping the steps the same and in the same order. You don’t even have to remember what steps you used. Photoshop runs through them for you while you record the steps, or macro, again.

    To rerecord a macro with the Record Again option, select the name of the macro that you want to rerecord and select Record Again from the panel pop-up menu. When the different dialog boxes appear, enter the new values that you want and click OK until the macro is finished.

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