3 Replies Latest reply on May 10, 2017 8:03 PM by Stephen_A_Marsh

    Changing brush type and midtones/shadows within an action

    BadLeeroyBrown

      I'm trying to create an action where I use the dodge and burn tools, but the action won't record me switching between midtones/shadows/highlights.  It just applies whatever midtones/shadows/highlights it was left on.  I also can't get it to switch brush types.  It just applies whatever brush type was last used.  Frustrating.  Is there a work around or am I missing something?  Thanks in advance - Lee

        • 1. Re: Changing brush type and midtones/shadows within an action
          Stephen_A_Marsh Adobe Community Professional

          Lee, actions can record many things, however tool options are not one of them. Actions can record the selection of a tool, and they can also record the application of a tool preset. So as long as you build in the required options to a preset, then the action can select the preset. Same final result, different way of getting there.

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          • 2. Re: Changing brush type and midtones/shadows within an action
            BadLeeroyBrown Level 1

            Thanks for the quick reply Stephen, much appreciated. 

             

            That's a nice work around, I hadn't thought of that.  Unfortunately I still don't think it's enough.  I'm trying to paint and adjust a sequence of images using a combination of the burn tool and the brushes.  The same effects would be applied to all 100 images.  But I need to be able to vary the size and opacity of the strokes, as well as changing from midtones to shadows.  I can't seem to create brush presets that will hold these characteristics.  Ie:  switching from burn midtones - 15% opacity, brush size 30, to burn shadows, opacity 5%, brush size 50.  It looks too clumsy without that precision. 

             

            Am I missing something with the brush presets or this also not possible?

            • 3. Re: Changing brush type and midtones/shadows within an action
              Stephen_A_Marsh Adobe Community Professional

              Again, the answer lies with a preset… this time a brush preset, which is independent of a tool preset (however both can be used in conjunction with each other). Both presets can be recorded into an action to select the required tool, then the required tool preset and the required brush preset:

               

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              Keep in mind that it is sometimes just quicker to use keyboard shortcuts for brush size and opacity changes. It seems that you are looking to make a very much manual process more formula driven/automated. Perhaps selections/masks and image adjustments would lend themselves to automation better than manual edits using tools…