Troubleshooting Photoshop / Elements Actions

What do I do if I get error messages, my actions stop working or are acting crazy?
For full Photoshop, read through this article on troubleshooting Photoshop actions.  Also read through the rest of the tips listed on this page. If you cont...
Sat, 30 Nov, 2013 at 8:40 AM
I am getting error messages when playing my actions. What is wrong and how can I fix this?
First, make sure you have the correct action installed for your Photoshop version. This is the number one cause of errors. Also make sure the file is unzipp...
Mon, 29 Sep, 2014 at 9:14 PM
Why can’t I save my photo as a jpg after using “Color Explosion” from the Complete Workflow Actions?
You need to finish running the action. When it asks you to paint on the photo with the mask selected, it explains to click play to resume the action. The me...
Tue, 23 Jul, 2013 at 7:09 PM
14 Reasons your Actions for Elements Might Not Work and How to Fix Them
1. Before installing an action into Photoshop Elements, confirm with the action creator that it is compatible with your version of PSE. If you are purchasin...
Wed, 22 Jan, 2014 at 11:56 AM
How can I get the layer mask to work properly?
We recommend watching this video that addresses all major issues people have with masking.
Mon, 18 Feb, 2013 at 3:17 PM
How can I get the “Sharp as a Tack” layer working in the “Eye Doctor action” and how can I get more light into the eyes?
The Eye Doctor actions are very powerful and tweak-able. If you are having problems after reading the steps below, please watch this video. Important thin...
Thu, 31 Jul, 2014 at 4:51 PM
What can I do to prevent my photos from distorting when I resize for storyboards and blog it board?
There are two important keys to using the transform handles when resizing. If you wish to maintain proportions, you need to hold down the Shift Key the entir...
Sun, 10 Feb, 2013 at 2:28 AM
Why is my action stopping at every single step?
Some actions are designed to run straight through, while others may have a few spots where they need feedback. If your actions are stopping at every single a...
Thu, 28 Jun, 2012 at 4:14 PM
My actions are acting possessed. I think I messed them up accidentally. What can I do?
Your best bet is to reload the actions. You may have accidentally recorded or deleted a step.
Thu, 28 Jun, 2012 at 4:15 PM
My actions worked in an older version but in CS4, CS5 and CS6 in 64bit, I get “invert” errors. What can I do?
Open your adjustment panel. In the top, right corner, there is a drop down menu. Make sure you have “add mask by default” checked off and “clip to mask” not ...
Wed, 1 May, 2013 at 4:00 PM