I often look at other designer's scrapbooking kits and wonder how certain elements were done. A lot of kits contain puffy felt elements and they are just SO cute. To tell the truth, I was too lazy to figure out by myself how to get that look, so I googled "puffy felt action". (In case you don't know what an action is and why it's great, just skip the rest of my babbling and click the link at the end!)
I found one, I bought it, I installed it, I started it ... and got an error message. And then another one ... and so on. What a disappointment!
After a bit of research I realized that the action doesn't work with my version of Photoshop because my PS is in German. SO WHAT NOW? Disregarding the fact that it would have most probably taken me less time to figure out some puffy felt style myself, I just didn't want to let it be.
A while back I had briefly tried recording my own actions for altering some photos but I never really looked into all the possibilities. So I did some more searching and FINALLY - I stumbled over a page, that explains it ALL. What an action is, how you install one, how you record it, how you play it step by step and *tataaaaa* how you alter it.
And because this tutorial (available for free) made it possible for me to alter the action I bought so that I CAN use it with a German version of PS, I need to share this with you. (And then I'll go back to Photoshop and make some puffy Christmas trees and baubles and whatever else I can think of...)
So here's the link: Photoshopessentials
And here's a single little freebie for you (made with the action I bought and using a freebie template by Twinky (twinkydezines).