Special Chiseled Mat Actions for Photoshop FAQ



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My mats are slightly larger on the bottom than on the other sides. Can I change that?
How can I create mats in which the image is not centered?
I recently loaded an update. When I run an action, why do I see an error message saying that one of the other actions is not currently available?
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?
How can I remove a mat and try another?
Will these actions work with Photoshop CS?
Will these actions work with Photoshop Elements?



My mats are slightly larger on the bottom than on the other sides. Can I change that?

The mats are intentionally a tiny bit larger on the bottom, to allow space for a title. However, if you want all sides to be exactly the same width, you can set up the actions to do that:

  1. In Photoshop, open the action set and scroll down near the bottom, where it says "*** Add Bottom Space ***."


  2. Just below that line, you will see three actions that add different amounts of bottom space.

    Click the checkmark to the left of each of the three actions. This will remove the checkmarks, and will essentially "turn off" those actions. From now on whenever you create a mat, the bottom will be the same size as the other sides.

    By the way, you can ignore Photoshop's warning about the step being undoable.
    Unchecking the actions that add bottom space.


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How can I create mats in which the image is not centered?

The actions with "ExtraWide" in the name will let you specify your own mat size. Specify a large size, and then crop your matted image any way you want after the action completes.

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I recently loaded an update. When I run an action, why do I see an error message saying that one of the other actions is not currently available?

If you have more than one version of the same mat action set visible in the Photoshop actions window, Photoshop can get confused when it tries to find an action. Deleting the older version of the action set from the Actions window should solve the problem.

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

Your image mode is probably not compatible with the mat 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 mat 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.

Prior to version 08.03, the actions changed images to RGB and 8-bit automatically. To allow Photoshop CS users to keep their images in 16-bit mode, and to allow more flexibility for everyone, the actions no longer make these changes.

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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 mat 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 mat 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.

Prior to version 08.03, the actions changed images to RGB and 8-bit automatically. To allow Photoshop CS users to keep their images in 16-bit mode, and to allow more flexibility for everyone, the actions no longer make these changes.

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

The mats will be too small for high-resolution images. The best way to mat high-resolution images is to use AC's Big Special Chiseled Mats. If you mat a high-resolution image with AC's Big Special Chiseled Mats, you can then resize it for the web.

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How can I remove a mat and try another?

Before a mat 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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Will these actions work with Photoshop CS?

Yes, these actions work with Photoshop CS, as well as Photoshop 6 and 7.

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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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