First and foremost what is an action? Simply put it is a series of predefined steps that can be applied to an image you are working instead of entering them manually. In short – it saves time. Most photographers have their own style or “action” that they use to stand up and some of those photographers actually allow other artist to download them for a small fee or sometimes even for free. Here is a simple way to apply these actions into Photoshop in 5 simple steps as well as a list I have compiled of where I go to use some actions that I have collected.
First make sure you have your image that you want to add an action too loaded into Photoshop. Next you click on the Window’s tab and scroll down to Actions. Or to save time you can hit alt and F9 at the same time this will load up the bar on the right.
Click the tab on the right side of the actions menu, it looks like a pointed down arrow and click on the load actions.
I have a folder on my desktop where I save all Photoshop actions so finding the actions that I want are easy to find verses scrolling through all your folders. Next I click on the action that I want loaded.
Pick out the action that you want to use and hit the play button at the bottom of the action menu. This is where Photoshop will play out the action in sequence and you go get yourself something to drink. Now you have your very own simple edited photo. Kudos!
If you wish you can play with the settings on the right side to get the desired effect. Lighten it, darken some areas, or just leave it the way it is. It’s all up to you.
Here is my Before and After
As promised, here are a list of Photoshop Actions. Keep in mind that some will be free and others might have to be paid for. I would like to see some of your images using these actions, so feel free to comment below with your favourite image.
Its set, everything is up. Your branding is done, the website is in order to your liking and now all you have to do is the content, the writing. It’s easy right? After all that’s why you bought a domain / service to write, but then it hits you… writer’s block.
Panic starts to arise as your heart starts to pound, beads of sweat drip off the lip of your mouth while you sit at the computer dumbstruck and yet in awe of the complete lack of preparations for the actual work. Cue the dramatic music, please.
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We’ve all had it; shoot I’m still living in it… the dreaded writer’s block. I have so many stories, random tips, and useless tidbits that are just bursting inside of me. The only problem is that I’m so full with excitement that I completely overwhelmed myself. Oops?
So here’s what I’m doing about it… getting rid of writer’s block via the Googles. Google has a lot of interesting sites that help you battle the writer’s block; I’m just recapping it and applying it to my own life. I have the link below if you want to look at the uber cool webpage who came up with these ideas. Cheers!
Go for a walk! – Check!! A mere saunter around the block with my best pup, Bolt should do. Only thing is that it’s raining and he hates to get wet. Oh and my rain boots are muddy for the last time I took them out. Puddles are still my friend even at the ripe old age of 30-ish. Ah well, suck it up and put on those big girl pants and muster out into the world.
Eliminate distractions. Put down the kitty videos and the YouTube, and stop checking your Instagram account. We all know that Bolt is a little cutie, but you have some writing to do. Double check! No, no, no… do not sneak peak at them on your phone either. Sigh.
Play. WOO HOO! I can do that! I take the ball and toss the ball. Bolt runs to grab the ball and I hide. Repeat, repeat, repeat. Phew… now I’m tired and sweaty. Ugh. Solution to another problem, shower time. Bolt tends to hop into the shower just because he hates waiting on the bath mat. But, dog! You hate the rain, yet love the shower? Weird dog.
Change your environment. I’m on it! Good thing that I’m on a swirly chair. Kick away from the desk and just start spinning. It’s a change of environment, right? Oh wrong thing… wrong thing. Stomach feels woozy now and my head is spinning so most likely not what they were talking about. Okay, I’ll hop over into the other room and er – not check my email, or Instagram. Gosh darn it… I just like looking at the pretty pictures.
Glass of wine. Okay, okay, this one is not in there, but I thought that I would add it for good measure. All writers love to kick back a bit and engage in a little social –or single drinking, could be juice, beer, coffee, or my personal favourite, –wine. Triple check on this one please. Maybe I’ll have more than one glass, or two, or twelve… you know just until it kicks in and I’ve falling into the hilariously funny stage. Or drunk, whatevs.
Free write. –Which brings me down to this, because I’m really not looking for this to be a how – to version of getting rid of writer’s block. More along the lines of my attempt to rid myself from this vile beast. Away demons! Be gone! Did it work? Am I free? Gulp. Onto the next step.
Read some inspiring quotes to get yourself started. Hmm, let’s see here what we have:
“Be ruthless about protecting writing days, i.e., do not cave into endless requests to have ‘essential’ and ‘long overdue’ meetings on those days,” – J.K. Rowling
My queen… you are right and yet I don’t have those meeting days. I have those must be a cat video, or lost in a sea of new on Netflix days, but I see what you mean here.
“You don’t write because you want to say something. You write because you have something to say.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald
Oh, Scotty… so true. If only I was able to get through your book though and not fake my way through English class reading the CliffsNotes version of “The Great Gatsby.” Sorry, boss.
“Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers.” – Ray Bradbury
I hate to say but I’ve never read any of your novels… shoot. Now I’m going to have to get them on my Kindle. I guess I could give that diet ago. It’s a lot do-able verses the current one that I’m starting. I miss you carbs! Sob.
“This is how you do it: You sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It’s that easy, and that hard.” – Neil Gaiman
Hm, I think Neil might be telling me something…
You don’t get over writers block by doing other activities; you get over it by writing.Triple shoot. Just when I thought I was ahead of the game here.
This post was inspired by 1. My attempting to get over my own writer’s block and 2. Because I saw this l list and thought that I could try it out in some random order. Did it work? Am I saved?
What are some steps that you use to get rid of writer’s block?