Freestyle Mat and Frame Actions for Photoshop FAQ



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Why do I see this error: "The command "duplicate" is not currently available?"
Why do I see this error: "The command "set" is not currently available?"
Can I use these actions on high-resolution photos, for printing?
Can I use these actions on websized photos?
How can I remove a mat or frame and try another?
How can I control the width of the bevel on the beveled mats?
What versions of Photoshop will these actions work with?
Will these actions work with Photoshop Elements?
Is there a tutorial for my actions?
The action is behaving strangely, and none of these questions and answers help. What now?



Why do I see this error: "The command 'duplicate' is not currently available?"

There are two likely causes:
  1. You are trying to create a mat, but you have forgotten to use the Elliptical or Rectangular Marquee Tool to select part of the image first. Use one of these tools to select the part of your image which you wish to show inside the mat.
  2. Your image mode may not be compatible with the actions. Examples of incompatible modes are indexed color and multi-channel. Convert your image to one of the other modes, such as RGB, CMYK, Lab, or Grayscale before running the actions.


Also, if you are using Photoshop 6 or 7, make sure your image is in 8-bit mode. 16-bit mode is fine for Photoshop CS.

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Why do I see this error: "The command 'set' is not currently available?"

Your image mode is probably not compatible with the actions. Examples of incompatible modes are indexed color and multi-channel. Convert your image to one of the other modes, such as RGB, CMYK, Lab, or Grayscale before running the actions.

Also, if you are using Photoshop 6 or 7, make sure your image is in 8-bit mode. 16-bit mode is fine for Photoshop CS.

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Can I use these actions on high-resolution photos, for printing?

Yes. This action set contains actions for both high-resolution and websized images.

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Can I use these actions on websized photos?

Yes. This action set contains actions for both high-resolution and websized images.

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How can I remove a mat or frame and try another?

Before an action is run, a snapshot is added to the History window. To return to a previous state, you can go to your History window and click the snapshot.

If you've run more than one action in a row on an image, the history snapshots will take you back to the state before the last one. If you need to go back farther, your best bet may be to select "Revert" from the Photoshop File menu. This will reload the image from disk, undoing all the changes you made since you opened it. This is one reason why it's always a good idea to save your file before adding mats :)

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How can I control the width of the bevel on the beveled mats?

The actions come with two widths of bevels:
  1. A thin bevel designed to look good on websized photos. The names of these actions start with "WebSized."
  2. A thicker bevel designed to look good on hi-rez photos. The names of these actions start with "HiRez."


If you want finer control, you can tell the action to stop at two places (see the screenshot below). Click the indicated empty rectangles to put an icon there. The next time you run the action it will stop twice to let you indicate the width of the bevel.

Changing the bevel

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What versions of Photoshop will these actions work with?

These actions will work with Photoshop 6 and later, including CS, CS2, CS3, etc.

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Will these actions work with Photoshop Elements?

No, these actions will not work with Photoshop Elements. However, we do have actions specifically designed for Photoshop Elements.

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Is there a tutorial for my actions?

Yes there is: Tutorial


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The action is behaving strangely, and none of these questions and answers help. What now?

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