Actions For Mac Photoshop

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Installing Photoshop actions is very easy – this short guide will show you how to install them. This guide is for both Windows and Mac computers.

Please note that the actions downloaded from Contrastly are compatible with Photoshop CS4 and all newer versions – except where noted – and are not compatible with Photoshop Elements.

The very first step after downloading some Photoshop actions is to unzip the file. Then, once you have a folder on your computer that contains the .atn files simply open up Photoshop.

Rainbow Photoshop Action. Harness the beauty of a rainbow in this rainbow light leak overlay. In the Actions panel, click the panel pop-up menu arrow and select Load Actions. In the Open dialog box, Photoshop opens the Actions folder in the Presets folder. This folder contains several sets of actions presets. If the folder is empty, navigate to C:Program FilesAdobeAdobe Photoshop CS6PresetsActions.

Once it’s open, double-click on each action file (.atn) and they will appear in the Actions panel in Photoshop. If the Actions panel is not open, click on the “Window” menu and select “Actions” to open up the panel.

You’re now ready to use the actions: open up an image in Photoshop and try running a “play all” action. Once the action is done running, open up the Layers panel and you will see all the rendered groups. You can now toggle them on/off to see the effect, change opacity, etc…

Issue: Actions go missing when you update Photoshop or install Photoshop on a new computer.

Use one of the solutions below to migrate actions from one version of Photoshop to another, or between instances of Photoshop installed on different computers.

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Source installation: Save actions as a .atn file

  1. In the Actions panel flyout menu, click New Set. Enter a name for the new action set.

  2. Ensure that the new action set is selected. Now, drag to it the actions you want to include in the action set.

  3. Select the action set you just created and, from the Actions panel flyout menu, choose Save Actions. Photoshop creates the .atn file. The default location of the saved .atn file is as follows:

    • (Windows)C:Users<username>AppDataRoamingAdobeAdobe Photoshop <version>PresetsActions
    • (macOS)ApplicationsAdobe Photoshop <version>PresetsActions

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Follow the steps given below to import actions on another computer or into a different version of Photoshop.

  1. Choose Load Actions from the Actions panel flyout menu. Select the *.atn file you want to import.

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Solution 2: Manually migrate actions and presets

Follow the steps given below to migrate actions to a newly-installed version of Photoshop.

  1. Navigate to one of the following folders on the source installation:

    • (Windows)C:Users<user name>AppDataRoamingAdobeAdobe
      Photoshop <version>Adobe Photoshop <source_version> Settings
    • (macOS)Users/<user name>/Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop <source_version > Settings


    In folder paths or names listed in the procedures, replace the parts between angular brackets '<>' with the details required. Replace <user name> with your account name. Replace <version> with the version of Photoshop you are using.

  2. Paste the copied file at the following location on the target installation of Photoshop:

    • (Windows)C:Users<user name>AppDataRoamingAdobeAdobe Photoshop <version>Adobe Photoshop <target_version> Settings
    • (macOS)Users/<user name>/Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop <target_version> Settings