In this tutorial you’ll learn how to make a collection of 5000 px square textures from a single image via a custom Action Set that resizes the image then adds a Smart Filter, a touch up layer, and four adjustment layers.

Note: These videos are more exploratory than definitive—a look at the creative process leading to an ah-ha moment that we’ll act on in Part II.

Project Preview

A look at the process, what inspired it, and what we might do with this custom Action set.

Download: Starter File.

Let Actions do the Work for Us

But before they can work for us, we need to create the Actions from scratch.

Option + Command + I = Image Size dialog box.

Editing the Action

Forget a step? No problem. Add a Touch Up layer to the Action Set.

Enhancing with Camera Raw

Boost the contrast via the Camera Raw Smart Filter.

Using the Spot Healing Brush

The Touch Up layer is a very forgiving way to experiment with the Spot Healing Brush.

Black & White Adjustments

A bumbling stumbling trip through the settings, Layer Comp wishes, and saving textures.

Ah-Ha Moments

A few final scattered thoughts about this process an its possibilities.

Part II (coming soon).

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