Photoshop: Unable to complete Pencil Sketch action steps

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Hi there, I'm trying to do a sketch action treatment on a photo. I've done this before a few weeks ago successfully, but suddenly its not working anymore and I'm not doing anything differently.
I'm following these instructions:
1. Open your image;
2. Open "Pencil Sketch Brushes" file;
3. Open "Pencil Sketch Patterns" file;
4. Open the action (for that go to: Window / Actions, click on menu icon at the right and choose in list "Load Actions..." then find the action on your computer and open it;
5. Create a new layer and name it "area" (do not use CapsLock);
6. Paint on this layer the area that you need to focus (you can use any colors);
7. Find action on the action list then open it and click play;
8. Wait a few minutes that Photoshop make all actions (speed of action work depends of the power of your computer); .

But when I click play on the actions, it comes up with error messages for each action saying its not able to complete the commands. Where am I going wrong? All help gratefully received as I need to do this for work asap!
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Laura Etheridge

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Pete Green, Customer Advocate

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Have you tried this again on images where you've already had success with this action on Laura?
Seems step 5 is quite necessary in terms of the layer name, sounds like this "area" layer name needs to be selected/targeted when the action starts as well.

You could also try to restore Photoshop's preferences to see if something got corrupted in the preference file,

Let us know how it goes.