Using Palette Buttons to run Photoshop Actions
How to directly select any action with a Palette button
Here’s something we get asked about often: how do you assign a Photoshop action to Palette?
It makes perfect sense, really — both tools are made to save time and reduce inefficiencies when editing. Combining both? Even better. It’s easy to miss, however, as the setup is a little more complicated than assigning most functions to Palette.
In short, there are two main steps required to make this happen.
1. First, assign a keyboard shortcut to your desired action:
- Open Photoshop and expose the Actions panel. If you can’t find it, go to Window > Actions or press Opt+Fn+F9 (Mac) / Alt+F9 (Win)
- Select your desired action from the list (Fig. 1, left).
- Select the top-right menu from the Actions panel (Fig. 1, top). From the list, select “Action Options” (Fig. 1, right).
Select your function key and modifiers. This is the keyboard shortcut that will trigger your PS action.
Note: As Photoshop uses some of the Function keys as shortcuts already, I recommend selecting the Shift and Command modifiers.
2. Next, assign your Action shortcut to a Palette button:
- Open the PaletteApp to your Photoshop profile and select your desired module.
Note: This works best with buttons, but can also be assigned to a dial press or turn.
- A module settings window will pop up. Select “Keyboard Mode” from the left (Fig. 2, upper left).
Press the Action shortcut that you assigned in Step 1. Confirm that the PaletteApp shows the correct shortcut (Fig. 2, centre).
Note: MacOS maps the Function keys to system controls by default. For F1, press Fn+F1.
- Remember to set a custom name and colour (Fig 2., lower left).
As always, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions on using your Palette kit. You may also be interested in the following resources:
Custom Shortcuts in Photoshop (article)