Photoshop 2020: Recorded action doesn't play back

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Didn't get a reply to this in a thread a few days ago, so gonna post this once more...

There is an old problem of this checkbox in Color Balance that you can record, but it never plays it back correctly (seems ignored). I've verified this on two Win 7 installs and several PS versions.  Please fix :) (Some famous expensive actions are actually using this, probably unaware it's broken.)

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No, it's not broken. It's just the archaic, unfriendly way we still create actions in PS. Some actions have to be changed from where they were in order to record what you want before you record the setting. Making things even worse, and less user-friendly, Preserve Luminosity is a sticky setting. If you unchecked it, it will be unchecked the next time you add the adj layer.

So to be certain that users of an action won't have it unchecked from the last time they added the layer, the person recording the action has to uncheck Preserve luminosity. Delete the adj layer, then start your recording by adding the adjustment layer, checking Preserve Luminosity, check to clip if you want it clipped, adjust your sliders. You'll see that now it will record by adding the layer "without preserve luminosity," then adjusting it all to where Preserve Luminosity is enabled.

I hope this helps. When something you think must be recorded to perform properly, try to set that during the action by making it the opposite setting first, rather than rely upon it's opening with that thing set. Sometimes that could just be a belt and suspenders kind of approach. Other times, it really makes a difference, and at the very least, you have peace of mind by reading that it's the way you want in the action itself.

I should clarify: If you want the opposite, such as Preserve Luminosity is unchecked, it wouldn't hurt to make sure you record that by having it checked when open, then unchecking it in the recording.
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Wow & thanks :) Although I don't recall the circumstances at the moment, I *am* familiar with having to use this opposite way of thinking sometimes... And at least this action step describes what its intention is.
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It's frustrating that there seems, to me anyway, no way of knowing in advance if the "opposite" thinking is what we need to apply or not. As I said, actions aren't terribly user friendly. The panel isn't friendly for recording OR for playback. It seems almost half of PS isn't even recordable, and what is isn't always obvious.

Maybe someday they'll tackle that interface. They've tried to tackle presets. I think they can do more but it's a good start. They've tried to add features to the Properties panel so we don't have to search all over for what we can do with what we've targeted. It's got a long way to go, but they've started. So I'm not going to completely give up hope that someone at Adobe won't have a good idea for Actions. Not all of us want to spend our time becoming scripters—and to hear them talk, there's plenty of frustration for them too.  '-}
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Unless you use button mode (I never do), what I dislike is how actions in the list jump open when they were used and in that way leave a mess. I wish there was a small hack for that. I also dislike when a feature has no absolute on/off command, but only a toggle. I otherwise enjoy adding some small scripts in my actions, but sure, it can get nerdy :)
Retouching Toolkit is a great improvement in many ways nowadays (with much more to come), but it does not allow you to use "Continue" if you are used to use that in your actions... (Idk if you can in PS button mode either). I find 'Continue' a powerful way to add on more stuff in context when you need it though. Of course, in the toolkit you can just assign another button, but your head has to be with it :-p  It's also a tool we may not have "for life," for example, if Adobe changes stuff around, he may need months to get it working again, as it seems to have tons of cool hacks(?) already.
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I can't reproduce this on Mac or Windows. The action is recorded and played back consistently with Photoshop 21.0.1.
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Yeah. I turned off the preserve luminosity check box and ran the two actions (one for it on, one for it off) and it did the right thing with played. Then I turned it on and tried the same actions and they did the right thing. A video may help us if you have the time.
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Will do on all-fresh install of Win 10 and PS when I have it. Maybe it depends on what steps came before it too. I vaguely remember reading this not long ago (not sure it was a new or very old thread though). Forgot to check that variation... In the mean time I will try with simple steps like yours.
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I did this simple test in PS 2020 ...
You can see the first step includes a setting for Preserve Luminosity (what I think Cristin rightly calls the sticky setting that it happens to be at that time). PS respects this setting in the first step and ignores the second step. IOW, these two actions have the reverse effect on my PC.
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Seems it does work if you include a change of a slider, which in a way makes sense.
However, the Preserve Lum step on its own (last step displayed in my image) records but does nothing. IMO, this too should work -- but "now we know," at least there is a workaround to make sure. I can see the logic of why it doesn't work, but it will catch out people who make messy actions, adding this step as an afterthought, for example.
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Ahh, yes. I was always moving a slider in conjunction with tickling the checkbox.