I am an avid advocate of using Atomic Cupcake actions. BriAnna Schultz has some awesome talent which she shares with us through her actions.
However, she has offered so many, it was getting difficult for me to use them. I could not tell what I had, much less find anything scrolling through the long list of actions under my effects menu.
So, I spent the morning organizing and I am happy that I did.
From my tutorial on plug-ins, you will recall that actions are different than layer styles. Actions are created in the full version of Photoshop, but can be rigged to work in Photoshop Elements. In order to rig it, a .psd file with an icon of the action must also be included in the Adobe folder.
Also remember that actions are placed in a different folder than layer styles under the Adobe folder. So these instructions are only for actions, not layer styles or other plug-ins. Actions have a .atn extension.
BriAnna, of course as would be typical, places her actions, .psd file, instructions, and TOU in the same download file.
I took the time to copy and paste and separate all of these files into separate folders.
I had to rename all of the instruction files to be applicable to the individual actions before placing them all in one folder for instructions.
I observed BriAnna's own categories for her actions on her site and created Folders to match:
AC Edgers, AC Metals, AC Other, AC Paint, AC Tears, and AC Textures.
I placed the same actions, along with the .psd file, in each of the folders as BriAnna had categorized on her website. These files must be taken out of their individual folders (no sub-folders) and lumped together in the group folder; otherwise, they will not work.
Remember, there are two files for each action.
Follow BriAnna's instructions for installing the actions in the Adobe folders, including deleting the cache files. Drop these six folders of actions in the appropriate folder under Adobe.
When you reopen Photoshop Elements, the actions will now show up in groups to make them much easier to find!
As I download new actions as they are offered, I can simply drop them into the appropriate folder, delete the cache again, and reopen PSE.
I took the organizing a step further by taking the time to go into Atomic Cupcakes site and copying and pasting the previews of each action into six .psd files to create contact pages of each of the six folders of actions. These are easily updated as new actions are offered.
Now, I can see what the actions do and know exactly where to go find them in the appropriate group quickly.
I am so happy to know what I have so I can actually play with it!
I do not spend much money on digital scrapbooking supplies, but I recommend spending the money for these great actions. BriAnna, thanks!