Using The SCRIPTS EVENT MANAGER In Adobe Photoshop

Hey guys, welcome to the Photoshop Training
Channel. Today, I have a very interesting tutorial for you, guys. It’s going to be a
little different than everything I’ve done so far, but I still think that it will teach
you a lot and, hopefully, it will help you increase your work flow. Now, have you guys heard of Photoshop Script
Event Manager? If you haven’t, it’s a pretty useful tool. It helps you create actions or
scripts, and it applies to sections or scripts to an event. I will first take you to how
I will normally open up an image. Then, I will show you how the Script Events Manager
can help us to even expedite that process. So, usually, I just go to File, Open and select
an image. In this case, I’m going to select an image that we created in our last tutorial,
the “Young to Old Tutorial” where I made myself look about 80 years older than what I really
am. If you’re interested in the tutorial, you can check it out at But, anyway, enough of my shameless plug.
Once I open the image, I like to go into the View setting, Screen Mode, and set my Screen
Mode to Full Screen. And that, so I can take advantage of all the real estate I have, and
there’s no clutter around my image, and I can just work around my image directly. I
can use my keyboard to select different tools, and if there’s a tool whose keyboard shortcut
I don’t know, I can just go over to the left, and select whatever I need; same thing on
the right, where my layers panel, and all these other options. But, anyway, that’s the
long way of doing it, because every time you open up an image, you have to go into View,
Screen, and Full Screen Mode. And, you’re probably thinking, what’s the
big deal about that? It only takes about a second, and you would be right. It does take
about a second, but if you’re opening up dozens of images, hundreds of images, like I am,
a day, it can become pretty tedious. So, what Photoshop has allowed us to do is it gave
us a system in which we can apply actions to an event, in this case, opening up an image.
So let me show you how that works. Go into your Actions panel. If you don’t have Action
icon on the right here, you can just go into Window and click on Actions; then create a
new action. And if you’ve never created an action, I’ll quickly show you how they work.
So, once this new window is open, just give it a name. I’m going to name mine “full screen,”
and then, press Record. And what Photoshop does is it records everything that you do.
So if I set my foreground to, say, blue, it’s going to record that the foreground was set
to blue. If I add a new layer, it’s going to record that I added a new layer. If I fill
that layer with blue, it’s going to remember that I filled that layer with blue. I’m going
to press the Stop button. I’m going to delete this layer. I’m going to click on the name
of the action. I’m going to click on Play, and it’s going to run through all the steps
that we just created and it’s going to recreate that same blue layer. So, as you can see, it did all the steps,
and it came back with the blue layer that we created. Now, this is really cool, but
the problem with that is, and, actually, let me just delete these steps since I won’t be
needing them. The problem of Actions is that they don’t really record a lot of the settings
in the view menu. So, for example, if I go to Screen Mode and select Full Screen, Photoshop
doesn’t record that. So I’m going to press Esc, and what you can do is you can go into
the fly out of the Actions panel, and you can select Insert Menu Item. You’re going
to get this window right here. Don’t do anything just yet, and then, go into View, Screen Mode,
Full Screen. Notice that this is now full screen, and then, press OK. Now that action
was recorded. I’m going to press the Stop icon. I’m going to click on Full Screen and
I’m going to click the Play button. And notice that it takes us into the Full Screen Mode. Now, this is really cool, but the problem
with that is if we open up an image, and go into the Actions panel, and we hit Play, then
we’re in the Screen Mode. Well, that’s good, but we’re still wasting time. We might as
well go into View, Screen Mode, and Full Screen. But, with Photoshop Script Event Manager,
we don’t have to do all that. We can just go into File, Scripts, Script Event Manager,
and in this window, here, we can apply a script or an action to a Photoshop event, so we can
select any one of these events or we can create our own. I’m going to choose Open Document.
So, every time I open up a document, I want to apply an Action. And the Action that I
want to apply is saved in the Photoshop Training Channel folder. You might have a different
folder and I’m going to select the Full Screen option. I’m going to click on Add, and I’m
going to click on Done. So, now, every time I open up an image, I automatically get taken
into the Full Screen Mode, and that’s the beauty with the Script Event Manager. Not
only that, maybe, I’m working on a project that I know I’m going to be using the Healing
Brush Tool, I can click on the Healing Brush Tool, Photoshop is going to remember that,
I’m going to press Stop. I’m going to select a different tool just so you could see it’s
not remembering what I had selected, and I’m going to open up a new image, and when I open
up this new image, I have the Healing Brush Tool selected. So this is a very useful technique.
It could, potentially, save you a lot of time. And that’s it for this tutorial. I hope you’ve
enjoyed it. I hope you learned something from it, and I hope you apply it to your projects.
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