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2.2 How to Set Our Actions

In this lesson you’ll learn how to set actions and connect them to shortcut keys. We will also cover how to record the actions and attach that action to the Pen Tool. We will cover the options within the Paths palette and use it to set up our automated actions. We will also discuss the proper brush for inking.

2.2 How to Set Our Actions

Okay. Before we get started in our course, there are a couple things that you'll need to know. The first is how to properly set up an action for illustration and how to use path tab. So make sure that you have a good understanding and that your Photoshop is set up properly, and it'll make for smooth sailing throughout the rest of the course. Let's go ahead and jump in. All right, so let's go ahead and create a fake layer, just a temporary layer. So click my, and I'm going to name it Set-up. Let's name it Set-up. All right, and we're good to go here. And I'm going to need to switch over to the Pen tool. We're going to primarily be using the Pen tool throughout this tutorial. So I click at point A and point B, and just pull the tangents to get a nice clean arch. All right, it's good to go. And now I'm gonna switch over to my Actions tab, alt-F9. All right. So, we're gonna name this Stroke Master, that's a good name for this folder. Click OK. And so now I'm going to, I see that that's set up, I'm going to click the actual action. And when I click the action we're gonna have to name it. So I'm in the right folder. Let's make the shortcut F5 and we'll name it Thinner. So you're one or something of the sort. If F5 is already used for something I would then select Shift or Control but I like to keep my controls clean. So I don't wanna use Shift and Control. I click Record, and now we're ready. And what's happening now is anything I do, for the most part, that's an action or a recordable step, Photoshop will record. So I go to my Path tab, and I select Stroke Path. And I make sure that my Simulate Pressure is checked. And that the tool that I have selected is the Brush. This works for every single tool, so be careful and make sure you have your Brush selected. So now we see that we have Work Path set up. I'm gonna go back to my actions and make sure everything's recording. I can see that the stroke has been recorded and now I'm gonna click the gray here, to deselect. I go back to my action and you see Deselect current. And then I stop my recording. So I see F5, my last step is Deselect current. Now I'm gonna select a color so you can see it actually happen. So we click again, pull the tangent, and if I hit F5 you can see that we have a stroke. All right, here we go. So that worked out well. Everything's okay here. I'm gonna make a second one now. So this is gonna be my thicker stroke, and I'm gonna make this the F6 for shortcut. And orange, and I'm gonna click record again. So now it's recording a new action. So now I'm going to stroke, go bath to my path, right click. And I'm gonna uncheck Simulate Pressure, make sure I have brush again and click OK. And so you can see that that's just a basic, thick stroke. So the two strokes we need are the Thinner and the Thicker, F5 and F6. This is important for everything that we do from here on out. Make sure that we have Path selected in our Pen tool option. And pull the tangents by holding Alt down. That's just a reminder how we use the Pen tool. All right, so everything is set up and good to go. We can double-click. We don't have to stop at one tangent, we can continue to make. And then once we hit F5 or F6, It'll give us our digital ink. The next thing is make sure that you have a solid brush. So if you want to have a solid stroke make sure you have a solid brush. If you want to use an airbrush you can, but for digital inking, what we're gonna be doing, you wanna make sure that it's a solid brush and your options are checked as such. Pen pressure selected. You can leave everything else alone. Make sure your spacing is all the way down to one and you should be good to go. So here's my layers here. Just taking a look at my paths. You need to know where your paths are. You want to delete that when you're finished. And then if you look at my actions tab, there we go. All right, so, that's what we need and we can go ahead and move forward from here. Those are the tools you're going to need primarily through out the rest of this tutorial. If you understand that and how to use those you should be okay. Once we set up an action, everything remains the same. And we shouldn't have any problems from here on out if we get the action setup properly. All right so let's move on to the next part of this course.

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