Batch processing and customizing actions with the Dashboard

Are you a power user? Love to Batch process multiple images automatically with your favorite Dashboard effects? Do you frequently make adjustments to an effect to fine tune it to your liking and want to save the resulting new effect? Do you frequently combine more than one effect together and want to save your combo as a 1-click effect? You can do all this with our latest Dashboard.

The key is to export your desired Dashboard effect(s) to your normal actions palette via our handy menu tool. From there, you can batch process, modify, or combine the action with any other actions just as you normally would with Photoshop actions. 

Part One: Save a Dashboard effect to your regular actions palette.

  1. Select your desired Dashboard effect, then choose "Export Action" from the Dashboard settings menu.
  2. Find the action on your actions palette under the folder, "Kubota Batch Actions"
  3. Batch process as you normally would any standard action. (See Photoshop help for how to batch process for more info)
Select your effect then Export it as an action to your standard actions palette.

Select your effect then Export it as an action to your standard actions palette.

The Dashboard effect is now an action in the folder "Kubota Batch Actions"

The Dashboard effect is now an action in the folder "Kubota Batch Actions"

If you want to modify this action, or combine it with others, drag it out to a new folder before you do. If you save this same action again, it will OVERWRITE the current one inside "Kubota Batch Actions"

If you want to modify this action, or combine it with others, drag it out to a new folder before you do. If you save this same action again, it will OVERWRITE the current one inside "Kubota Batch Actions"

Use Photoshops Batch tool as you would with any standard action.

Use Photoshops Batch tool as you would with any standard action.

Check settings and choose source and destination folders, then fire away!

Check settings and choose source and destination folders, then fire away!

Part 2: Modify a Dashboard effect and save it as a new effect.

After saving an effect to your actions palette, you can modify it to your hearts content. For example, you might find you like an effect, but with the strength dialed down a little bit. You can save this combo as your own formula, make it into an action, then use the Dashboard to search for and control it as normal.

  1. Export the effect to the actions palette as above.
  2. Move the resulting action to a new folder of your own and rename it e.g. 
  3. Run the action effect from the actions palette once.
  4. Select the last step in the exported action, then click "record" on the actions palette
  5. Make your modifications
  6. Stop recording
  7. Open your Dashboard Settings menu
  8. Select "Load User Actions"
  9. Search for and apply your new custom action.
Create your own folder and drag the action in there, then rename it something unique.

Create your own folder and drag the action in there, then rename it something unique.

With an image open, play the action once from your actions palette and verify it works as normal.

With an image open, play the action once from your actions palette and verify it works as normal.

click the triangle to open up the action steps and select the last step, "Scripts", then click the record button.

click the triangle to open up the action steps and select the last step, "Scripts", then click the record button.

Modify the action as desired, for example, lower the opacity to reduce the effect. Make as many mods as you want.

Modify the action as desired, for example, lower the opacity to reduce the effect. Make as many mods as you want.

When done modifying, click to stop recording. Your new custom action is created!

When done modifying, click to stop recording. Your new custom action is created!

Of course, you'll want to run your new action via the Dashboard so you can use its snappy search and cool paint features. Go to the settings menu in the top right corner of the Dashboard.

Of course, you'll want to run your new action via the Dashboard so you can use its snappy search and cool paint features. Go to the settings menu in the top right corner of the Dashboard.

Check the box to "Load user actions into Dashboard". If it's already checked, just toggle it off then on again.

Check the box to "Load user actions into Dashboard". If it's already checked, just toggle it off then on again.

Now you can keyword, add a description, search for, and use the Paint button with your new customized Dashboard effect!

Now you can keyword, add a description, search for, and use the Paint button with your new customized Dashboard effect!

To make a new action that is a combo of several actions:

  1. export them as above
  2. drag each one of the "script" steps from the action in to your desired custom action. The script step is the actual Dashboard effect, self-contained. To see which effect it is, open the palette wide, click the triangle, and look at the end of the text.
  3. repeat and re-order the effects as desired. You can also combine this with your own hacks, as shown below.
Give your custom action combo a unique name then drag whatever Scripts you want from the Kubota Batch Actions folder. Here, I used Anime Bold, then recorded reducing it to 50%, then added KubotaHiDef. Blammo, new custom effect!

Give your custom action combo a unique name then drag whatever Scripts you want from the Kubota Batch Actions folder. Here, I used Anime Bold, then recorded reducing it to 50%, then added KubotaHiDef. Blammo, new custom effect!