This is a short tutorial on how to create an action in adobe photoshop CS6 and help you improve on your editing workflow on your images, this action will help you on lightning and darkening the image and also warming up or cooling down the overall look.

1) Bring up any image in Photoshop.  Remember, as you are creating an action, do not adjust anything for this particular image.  Make sure you ACTIONS PALLETTE is in LIST view and that Button Mode is deactivated for now.

2) DUPLICATE THE BACKGROUND LAYER (shortcut: cmd + J)

3) Change the BLENDING MODE on Layer 1 to “Screen”  This is done by using the drop-down box right at the top of your layers palette

4) Change the OPACITY of this layer to 50%

5) Change the name of Layer 1 to “Brighten” by double-clicking where it says “Layer 1″

6) Add a LAYER MASK by clicking the third icon at the bottom of the layers pallette.  It looks like a black rectangle with a white circle in it.

7) MAKE SURE YOU RE-SELECT THE BACKGROUND LAYER!!!!!

8) Now Repeat Steps 2-6 to add a contrast layer.  Use “SOFT LIGHT” instead of  ”SCREEN” as your blending mode.

9) MAKE SURE YOU RE-SELECT THE BACKGROUND LAYER!!

10) To add a VIBRANCY boost, create an ADJUSTMENT LAYER by clicking on the 4th icon at the bottom of your layers palette.  It looks like a circle with a light side and a dark side.  Choose VIBRANCY from the menu.

11) Push the Vibrancy slider all the way up to 100

12) Change the OPACITY of this layer to 50%

13) MAKE SURE YOU RE-SELECT THE BACKGROUND!!

14) To Create a WARMTH layer, create an ADJUSTMENT LAYER by clicking on the 4th icon at the bottom of your layers palette.  It looks like a circle with a light side and a dark side.  Choose COLOUR BALANCE from the menu.

15) For Warmth use +20 in the Red/Cyan box, and -20 in the Yellow/Blue box

16) Change the OPACITY to 0% as you only add warmth if the image needs it

17) Re-Name this LAYER “Warm”

18) MAKE SURE YOU RE-SELECT THE BACKGROUND LAYER!!!

19) Repeat Steps 14-18 to add a Cool layer.  Use -20 in the Red/Cyan box, and +20 in the Yellow/Blue box

20) The action is now complete, so click STOP.  The button at the bottom of the ACTION PALLETTE that is a Square.