How to Install Actions in Photoshop

Photoshop Action Installation Guide

Welcome to Pretty Actions for Photoshop!  We have the best Photoshop action install instructions and video tutorials below.  These basic instructions for uploading your Photoshop actions into Adobe Photoshop, take just 1-2 minutes. We've also provided a step-by-step PDF that you can download for future reference.

How to Load Your Actions in Photoshop CS and Creative Cloud

The good news is that installing Photoshop Actions in Photoshop CS and CC is very, very simple. The first step to loading your actions is to locate the Action Panel. If you can't find it, go to Window in the top menu bar, then down to Actions and your action panel will pop out.

Installing actions in Photoshop

If your panel icons are reduced, meaning the names are not showing, the icon for the Action panel is the “play” button, a triangle on its side.

Install Photoshop Actions

Once the Action panel is open, go to the top, right-hand corner and click on the small icon of a few lines and upside-down triangle. When the menu drops down, click on Load Actions option. Navigate to where your actions are saved and install the atn file.

Photoshop Action Install Instructions

If something happens and you suddenly cannot see your Actions panel, don't worry. Just go back up to Window, then down to Actions. Somehow you closed the panel while it was not showing.  It was not deleted, just closed.

Photoshop CS & CC Installation Video Tutorial


Photoshop Elements 11-18 Installation Video Tutorial


PDF Instructions You Can Download For Future Reference:

Photoshop Action Installation for CS and CC  Photoshop Elements Install Instructions

More Helpful Links to Get You Started:

Important Note: Backing Up Your Actions

Please, please, please back up your actions in case your computer crashes, get damaged or is stolen. This is done very easily using a thumb/flash drive or a cloud service like Dropbox.  We have a great tutorial on this here.