Dashboard Tip: Load your own actions in the Dashboard

Just as with our previous Dashboard, you can use it to quickly search, categorize, keyword, and launch your own actions too (or any action in your action palette). The Dashboard is a great workflow tool for any action user. 

Our previous Dashboard would automatically load all user actions at startup. Our new Dashboard requires a simple click to read them. We could set this up to happen at login or from a button on the Dashboard itself. Give us your feedback! Do you like keeping it cleaner to start with or would you rather have them load by default?

To load, open the settings menu and click “Import User Actions”. That’s it. Remember that if you add new actions to your actions palette, or change the names, you’ll need to reload them to let the Dashboard know of the changes. Currently, we don’t have a way to dynamically see any changes to your action palette. 

Bonus tip: If you don’t want to show an action or action set in your Dashboard, e.g. if you are working on testing a new action and don’t want it on the Dashboard yet, you can put a tilde character in front of the action name or the action set name, like this: ~My Test Action. If you put it in front of a set name, none of the actions in that set will show in the Dashboard. Remember to “Import User Actions” again if you make these changes to the names!

Dashboard Tip: Create your own keywords to find faster

You can click the Customize button, with any action selected, to add your own keywords and descriptions to actions and effects. These keywords are included when you search. For example, you can add the keyword “seniors” to all the actions you love to use for senior portraits, then use the search for “seniors” to quickly see this list at any time.

Update on new Kubota Actions

I think you're going to like this! As I put the finishing touches and testing on our brand new Action set, I couldn't quite close the lid on it until I had the perfect vintage look that I've been chasing in my mind. I've spent hours trying a multitude of formulas - which yielded groovy new looks, but not the exact thing I had in my head. As I was just about ready to pack it up for the day, I had a flash of inspiration and it worked! I love love this "New" retro look and it will be part of the spanky new Actions we'll be releasing on October at the PhotoPlus Expo and online in our web store

 

I'm really excited about this new set as it complements our existing Action Tools sets with fresh (many of them are Fresh Retro) new looks. One of my favorites from the set is called "TenSixties" and it's combined here with "Kubota HiDef" (to bring out shadow detail and add punch), "Fine Tooth Comb" (a new paint-in sharpening tool that is amazing at revealing micro details) and "Image Grunge" (for that worn old paper look). Of course, it was only fitting to add a vintage sloppy border from our BorTex package (Borders and Textures).

 

I hope you like it as much as I do!

 

The finished image: 4 Actions from our Dashboard & a vintage sloppy border. 5 clicks and total time: 40 seconds.

 

and the original…