User Guide 

Tutorial : How To Use Photoshop Action Scripts

 

 

Purpose : This manual will show you how to use Photoshop Action Scripts (ATN files) AND how  to use the provided pre-designed PSD templates to be used with the action scripts.

Prerequisite:

1)- ENGLISH version of Adobe Photoshop CS2, CS3 ( Standard or Extended ), CS4 ( Standard or Extended ), CS5 ( Standard or Extended ),CS6 ( Standard or Extended ) OR CC pre-installed on your Microsoft Windows PC OR Apple Mac OS X.

Photoshop free trial available at:

www.adobe.com/downloads/

2)-ZIP/UNZIP software such as WINZIP or 7-ZIP.

If you don't have any, heads up to http://www.7-zip.org  ( open source software- it's FREE ).

 

How To Use Photoshop Cover Action Scripts

Assuming that you've already downloaded the action scripts and templates into your desktop ( for example) , the next step is to UNZIP the Zipped files using any of zipper / unzipper software that you have.

Then, run the Photoshop software on your computer.

 

Installing Action Scripts

You need to install the action script that you've downloaded into your Photoshop Action palette before you can use it.

Make sure your Actions palette is visible inside your Photoshop window. To do this,  on your Photoshop menu tab, go to Window > Actions.

 

There are 2 common methods widely used to load action script (ATN file ) into your Photoshop:-

Method 1-

The fastest and simplest way to do this is by click, drag & drop the ATN file ( from your folder ) into your Photoshop window.


Method 2-

Go to your Action palette and click on the small play button at the top right.

Click on the Load Action from the drop-down menu and browse to locate your ATN files.


 

Then select the location where you've unzipped the downloaded file and look for the. ATN file.  Click on the  ATN file . Then click Load button.

Successful loading will show the action script listed at the bottom of your Actions palette.

 

Rendering The Action Script

Step 1 - Starter Template

To design your cover from scratch, highlight the Starting Template step from the action script drop down menu.

Hit the play button shown as below image.

 

Step 2 - Add Your Design

After complete running the Starting Template, you may start your design by adding a new layer(s) inside your Layers palette.

Step 3 - Render 3D

After complete designing your cover, highlight on the Render 3D step, and again hit the play button shown as below:

 

 

Using The Pre-Made PSD Templates

Perfect fit pre-designed templates provided in the most of our post ( along with the action scripts ) undeniably save your hours of working time and effort in designing a cover. Just change the photo stock images, font size and type, insert your own title, subtitle, description and background perhaps, and you are ready to go. 

 

First of all, click, drag & drop the flat PSD files into your Photoshop window the same way you did with the ATN file previously.

You may want to change the  text or font with your own for a title, subtitle, descriptions, images, backdrop or else.


Please NOTE: Please leave the 'Background Layer' inside your PSD template,
intact. Deleting or turning off the 'Background Layer' will cause error running the next step.

 

Select "Render 3D" step and hit play button as shown as below:

 

 

Resizing Your Work For Web Purpose


The regular way of resizing your end image rendered by the action scripts causing "jagged edge" effect & blurry image which is not an eye pleasing view for presentation.

Follow my step-by-step below to eliminate the jagged edge effect from your works:


Step 1- Merge Your Image Layers

A)Into White Background:

After complete running 'Render 3D' step , you'll need to merge all of the layers generated inside your layers palette into a single layer.

OR

B) Into Transparent Background:

After complete rendering the "Render 3D" action step, go to the "Background Layer" and turn it off  (by un-checking the layer's eye mark).

Then go to Layer > Merge Visible

OR click (highlight)  on any active layer, right click your mouse, select "Merge Visible" under drop-down menu.


Step 2- Crop

You may want to discard any unwanted space around your image.

Use your Crop Tool (C) from your Tools palette.



Step 3- Resize

Go to Image > Image Size and resize your image to 25% or 50% smaller from the actual rendered size. See below setting:

 

Then click OK.

You may want to repeat the resizing process to your desired size by changing the value between percent or pixels before saving your work.


To save your image(s) to be used on websites, go to File > Save for Web & Devices andchoose your format whether JPG, PNG or GIF.