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How to copy default photoshop actions?

 
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Jul 19, 2009 08:50 |  #1

I've built quite a few actions in photoshop, I've always put them in the default folder. I've upgraded/installed CS4 on a new computer and was successful at copying all my actions that are not in the default folder...Kubota and such.

I can't find the default action folder or those actions I've created. I'd really like to not have to rebuild all of these actions.

Any ideas?


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Jul 19, 2009 09:35 |  #2

For CS3 the default actions should be in C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS3\Required. However, you need to save those actions or group of actions. I'm not sure where, if, or how PS stores them if you don't save them. I have a group set up only for the actions that I've created and saved. Actions will have the .atn extension. Hope this helps.


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Jul 19, 2009 10:10 |  #3

D Thompson wrote in post #8306103 (external link)
For CS3 the default actions should be in C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS3\Required. However, you need to save those actions or group of actions. I'm not sure where, if, or how PS stores them if you don't save them. I have a group set up only for the actions that I've created and saved. Actions will have the .atn extension. Hope this helps.


I was not able to save each individual action but I could save the default folder, simple process to drop it into my presets>actions folder in CS4.

Thanks for the help!


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Jul 19, 2009 10:30 |  #4

taygull wrote in post #8306213 (external link)
I was not able to save each individual action but I could save the default folder, simple process to drop it into my presets>actions folder in CS4.

Thanks for the help!

Nope, I've not figured out how to save individual either. I agree with pretty simple, as long as you know where they're at ;). I might suggest you save a copy as well on another drive, just in case.


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Jul 19, 2009 11:54 |  #5

taygull wrote in post #8305980 (external link)
I've built quite a few actions in photoshop, I've always put them in the default folder. I've upgraded/installed CS4 on a new computer and was successful at copying all my actions that are not in the default folder...Kubota and such.

I can't find the default action folder or those actions I've created. I'd really like to not have to rebuild all of these actions.

Any ideas?


If you did the standard installation of Photoshop, the default actions are stored in the C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS3\Presets\Actions folder.

User created actions are stored only in Photoshop's memory registers unless you take steps to save them to your hard drive.

To save a user-created action
1. Select the Action or Action set in the Actions palette
2. Open the fly-out menu by clicking the icon in the upper-right corner of the Actions palette.
3. Select the "Save Action" command from the fly-out menu and follow the prompts for the location to which your actions will be saved. Since you'll be transferring them to a new computer its best to just save them to your desktop so you can find them easily.

Its never a good idea to simply let your user-created actions exist only in Photoshop's memory since they can easily be lost. I save all my actions to a folder on a different hard drive, then create a shortcut to that folder and place the shortcut in Photoshop's default actions folder. That way I can access all my actions but they are not saved on my system drive.


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