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I've been making many actions but I was wondering if could also use textures in them and not just adjustment layers. And if so how do I go about doing that?


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May. 30th, 2012 05:57 pm (UTC)
I don't think you can :S
May. 30th, 2012 06:22 pm (UTC)
Yes, you can use them but only if the texture you want is on your file system and you open the file during the action recording (and then copypaste it). This way the program will know everything it needs to know to find this texture again ^^
Nov. 22nd, 2012 02:28 am (UTC)
I use textures in actions all the time but I cheat and make them into Photoshop patterns instead. I like to create a new pattern set (.pat file) for my action so that I can add all of the textures that I'm going to use in one place. To do this I hit the Paint Bucket tool and change it from 'Foreground' to 'Pattern'. Then I click on the little box next to that and hit 'Reset Patterns...' Then delete the two hideous PS preset patterns and set about adding my textures. I just open a texture and go to 'Edit>Define Pattern...' and hit 'OK' when the box comes up. I repeat this with all the ones I want to use then hit 'Save Patterns..' and name it whatever I want. Then when I'm recording my action and I get to the part when I want to use my texture I just choose 'Layer>New Fill Layer>Pattern' and when the Pattern picker box comes up I go to 'Replace Patterns' and choose my saved pattern of textures. Note: You need to hit 'Replace Patterns' even if the pattern set you want is already loaded because this is the part that saves the pattern's location in your action. But you only have to do it for the first texture. Any subsequent textures you use from that pattern set will automatically be found. Also, once you've made your action don't move or rename your pattern set or an error will come up when you try to use the action. And since using a pattern creates a new fill layer with a layer mask of your texture if you want to alter the texture itself (blur, erase, smudge, etc.) and not just the layer mask you need to right click on it in your layer palette and click 'Rasterize Layer'. I hope this made sense. :)
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