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The Action Panel in Elements 11

By Karen Brockney  ·  December 27th, 2012

The brand new Actions panel in Elements 11 makes loading and using actions easier than before. Karen walks you through how this panel works and what the pre-made actions do!


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22 Replies to The Action Panel in Elements 11:

  1. Steve

    December 27, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Nice work Karen!!

  2. lavaughn

    December 27, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Great new tool….Thanks…?? Where is the cheetsheet you mentioned??

  3. Tyna

    December 27, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    I liked the tool as well, and was also trying to find the cheatsheet. No luck.

    • Elizabeth

      December 27, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      Hi Tyna (and lavaughn),

      The cheatsheet will be up shortly, please be patient! Check back soon!


      • Gaik Hoon

        January 4, 2013 at 5:35 pm

        Hi Liz & Karen,

        Cheatsheet not posted yet?

  4. Barbara

    December 27, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    I’m also waiting for the cheatsheet! Enjoyed the tutorial.

  5. Anita

    December 27, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    I currently use PE10 if I upgrade to PE11, will I have to reinstall all my actions? Will I lose them from 10?
    I purchased the 11 upgrade, but I am reluctant to install. Thanks.

    • Karen

      December 28, 2012 at 5:58 am

      Hi Anita,

      Yes, you will have to reinstall your actions in PSE 11. A good solution is to store all your actions in a folder on your PC or Mac that is separate from PSE. That way, when you upgrade to a new version of Photoshop Elements, all your actions will be easy to locate and you can install them again easily. With the new Actions panel, it is easy to just navigate to that folder and load an action when you need it.

      You won’t lose the actions from PSE 10 as long as you keep PSE 10 on your computer. There are two locations where you can find the actions you’ve installed in PSE 10. Just find the ones you want, copy them to a separate folder (as described above) and then you can load them in PSE 11.

      If you installed the actions to Photo Effects, look here:
      C:\ProgramData\Adobe\Photoshop Elements\version-number\Photo Creations\photo effects

      If you installed your actions to the Action Player, look here:
      C:\ProgramData\Adobe\Photoshop Elements\version-number\Locale\en_us\Workflow Panels\actions

      Note: the ProgramData folder is a protected folder on Windows so you will have to change the folder options to make it visible. Photoshop Elements 11 is SO much easier for managing actions, especially if you store them in their own dedicated folder separate from PSE.


      • Anita

        December 30, 2012 at 5:05 am

        Thank you! Great info. I’ll be brave and upgrade.

  6. Marcia

    December 27, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Great new feature! Dying to see the cheatsheet. So Impatient:)

  7. Alfred

    December 27, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    In this movie Karen tells us to “check the cheat sheet for links to Actions” But, there is no cheat sheet to check. ????

  8. Lourdes

    December 27, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Another awesome tutorial. I have been Photoshop Elements 11 since it came out and wasn’t even aware of that feature. Can’t wait to use it. Can’t wait to get the Cheat Sheet. Thanks!!!

  9. Helen

    December 27, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Thanks, Karen………didn’t realize you could reach the actions from the top menu bar. I think your idea of producing a cheat sheet for new actions is wonderful! Now that we have this new feature………I am looking forward to taking full advantage of it. It will be fun to explore the sites you come up with…………….waiting…..patiently….(smile).

  10. Shelley

    December 28, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Great video but can’t find the cheat sheet!

  11. Nancy

    December 28, 2012 at 8:38 am

    This is great! I also did not realize the Actions were available from the top menu bar. How great is that? Now I am going to go explore my top menu bar more closely…as I wait for the sites on the cheat sheet. Thanks for a great tutorial! All your tutorials have been most helpful. Happy New Year!

  12. Grzegorz

    December 28, 2012 at 10:01 am

    I suggest – do not wait, it will surely appear in a while, till that just try googling. I have already grabbed some nice actions (with some of them I have problems, probably because they are done for Photoshop, not for Elements, but many work perfectly).

  13. Marcia

    December 30, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    I did google and found some but just a warning to anyone, be sure that you can use the actions with this application before you buy :)

  14. Lourdes

    December 30, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    I definitely agree with Marcia. However, I was able to get some free Actions. Unfortunately, some of them didn’t work. Few of them did but I didn’t quite liked the effect they had on my photos.

  15. Grzegorz

    December 31, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    When something is for nothing, would not expect too much :-) But, when just waiting for “the cheatsheet” it is a good time to look for some other. Take a look:
    and Portrait Action there, for example. Quite cool to me.

  16. Linda

    January 4, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial. I’m so happy they’ve made it so much easier to install actions…

    You can get some cool actions for PSE at PanosFx.

  17. Shannon

    February 22, 2014 at 9:10 am

    There are many actions out there; for example MCP Actions (which is quite expensive but excellent). Then there is a rare gem called The Coffeshop Blog. She offers them free and they are high quality, even offering tutorials.
    And even Erin from Texas Chics Blogs and Pics (who gives tutorials on this site) has some free actions, great tutorials, and offers classes.
    There is so much out there. These sites will have links to other sites as well. It is worth checking out.

    • Robyn

      February 26, 2014 at 3:07 am

      I couldn’t agree more, Shannon, about The Coffeeshop Blog! There is a HUGE quantity of excellent actions on this site, and the tutorials really make things easy.

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