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Installing Your Photoshop Actions

The Easy Method

There are a few ways to install Photoshop Actions on your computer.  They all start out like this:

  1. Download your purchase from the Totally Rad Store (instructions here).  Save the .zip file to your desktop.
  2. Make a backup copy somewhere.  Anywhere.  Just do it.
  3. Open the .zip file, usually by double-clicking it.  This should produce a folder containing the contents of the .zip file on your desktop.

Once you’ve done that, the easy method goes something like this:

  1. Double-click the .atn files within the folder you’ve just created.  Anything ending in .atn (if you have TRA2, there will be just one file.  TRA1 has four .atn files).
  2. There is no step #2.  Your actions should be loaded into the Photoshop Actions Palette.

Method #2

If that doesn’t work (because of the way your computer is set up), or you have multiple versions of Photoshop on one machine, then you’ll need to do things the hard way:

  1. Open Photoshop, and click on the Actions Palette menu button (located in the top-right of the Actions Palette
  2. Select “Load Actions”
  3. Select one of the .atn files from the download
  4. Repeat for the other .atn files if necessary (in TRA1, for instance)

installing photoshop actions via the load actions command

Method #3

As an aside, at the bottom of the actions palette menu is a list of the action sets that exist in the Photoshop directory.  You can make the Totally Rad Actions appear in that list as well.  Just copy all the .atn files to the /Presets/Photoshop Actions/ folder off the main Photoshop folder.  On a PC, that’s usually somewhere in c:\Program Files\Adobe\<Photoshop Version>.  On a Mac, it’ll be at /Applications/<Photoshop Version>.

After copying the .atn files to the /Presets/Photoshop Actions folder, you can just click on the name of the set from the list in the Actions Palette Menu, and the set will be automatically loaded into the Photoshop Actions Palette.

Video Walkthrough

This (somewhat dated) video shows you how to install TRA1 using both methods #1 and #2.  Some of the specifics have changed (the email format, for instance), but the general idea is the same.  We more or less keep this around because it took a long time to make…