Highlight sections of an image with this great Photoshop Action

Every designer - whichever area you might specialise in - is familiar with the need to highlight an area of a design or screen grab. Whether you're trying to point something out to a client, or a colleague, it's something moist of us need to do on an almost daily basis.

We've gone OTT with this example. But seriously?! What's with the kids in th box?

There are bespoke apps out there for highlighting a selection of an image, and by all means use one of those. Alternatively you can download this amazingly simple, yet useful, Photoshop Action from Chris Phin, the editor of @TapMagUK.

It's a simple process, but we'll walk you through it ...

01. Download the Action

First, download the Action here. If you're organised then place it in your Photoshop Actions folder, alternatively just remember where you've saved it to.

02. Open up an image in Photoshop

Open up your image and then make a selection with the Marquee Tool

Now take an image with an area you'd like to highlight in Photoshop. Using the MarQuee Tool (Rectangular, Elliptical, your choice) select the area you want to focus on. And remember, by holding down the Shift key you can select multiple areas.

03. Find that Action

Go to Window>Actions to ensure your Actions panel is open. Now select the dropdown in the Actions panel, and choose 'Load Actions'. Navigate to the Action you just downloaded, select it, and hit 'Open'. Now scroll down to the Creative Bloq folder, open it, select 'Highlight' and hit 'Play Selection' at the bottom of the panel.

04. Play with Opacity

It may only save seconds, but seconds make minutes, and they make hours. Time! It's amazing.

Now your image will have the selections picked out, but it may be too dark/light for your requirements. To change the Opacity just select the new layer in the Layers panel and drag the Opacity slider to get the right look. That's it!

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Got an Action you'd like to share? Simply mail it to us at contact@creativebloq.com with a brief explanation of what it does, and we'll do our best to feature it!