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Would the first step be to start recording the action, and then unlock my white bg color layer, and turn it black? Would that be sufficient to replicate the first step to create the black bg layer visible in the overlay effect? And how do I recreate the next layer? Can actions record layer creation if I copy and paste the layers from the effect psd file into my new file where I am recording the action? I didn't find a way to move the layers over to my tab where the recording is active so that it would be recorded by the action. If I have to create it manually, how do I create the second one, from down?

  • Please share what you have tried and where it's failing. It would also be helpful to actually explain the effect you are seeking. Merely examining the layers in your screen shot, it's rather simple - a smart object with a mask applied, then a texture layer (most likely with a blending mode set), then a gradient map layer to unify coloring. This isn't a free "action writing" service. We're more than happy to help, but no one is here to work for free.
    – Scott
    Sep 15 at 19:53
  • First I need the action to create the black background layer on the bottom. How do I get the action to create that? Ah I think I got it now. Will post back. Sep 15 at 19:58
  • It's rather simple to create an action with a black filled layer...start recording, Edit > Fill choose black and hit OK, stop recording. -- helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/creating-actions.html Review the help files. We aren't here to provide step by step tutorials on demand.
    – Scott
    Sep 15 at 20:02
  • Done. The next upwards is a smart object with a text saying your photos here but that's just garbage I don't want that. I skip that. But I need the layer mask besides it. How do I create a new layer that only has the same layer mask but not the smart object? Sep 15 at 20:14
  • I'm not going to walk you through every step.. review the help files, there's a link above.
    – Scott
    Sep 15 at 20:15


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