Using/installing "actions" in Photoshop Elements 2.0

Posted By
Hallvard Tangeraas
May 5, 2005
Having been to referred to the following site (in the thread "Layer styles" questions") which has loads of free stuff for Photoshop:
….. I’ve been busy for a while downloading lots effects and styles all day to get me started with web-graphics and stylized text. I believe I’ve found some pretty neat stuff which should get me started.

The "Layer styles" files work fine. I placed them all inside the Adobe\Photoshop Elements 2\Presets\Styles\ folder (I’m using Windows, if that wasn’t obvious from the file-path).

I can access all those styles from within Photoshop elements -the only downside being that there’s a loooong list there now, which would be great to somehow categorize/sub-categorize instead if possible -is it?

For the "Actions" files however I’m having problems. Reading the documentation that came with the downloads I was told to put them in the obviously named action folder, which on my system I found to be:
Adobe\Photoshop Elements 2\Presets\Photoshop Actions\

But not really knowing Photoshop elements I really didn’t know where to find them, so I found this page:

Where it says that with Photoshop elements I should put them in the Adobe\Photoshop Elements 2\Previews\Effects
folder (after clearing the cache files).

Now I’m a little confused because what’s the "Photoshop Actions" folder for in the first place then?
And If I do have to move them to the "Previews\Effects" folder, which action files rightfully do belong to the other folder. I seem to recall that it wasn’t empty to start with, so I assume there are some files that came with the program.
I don’t see any of the Actions in the "Styles" and "Effects" menues, so I assume I’ve done something wrong, or the files aren’t compatible with Photoshop Elements, and only Photoshop (there was only one Photoshop category at the site, nothing specifically for Elements).


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