An ATN file simplifies processes such as creating custom photo borders.
Aside from the built-in features of Photoshop, you can increase its capabilities by adding library files created and shared by other users. ATN — action — files, for instance, provide a way to automatically run a set of recorded steps. Installing ATN files in Photoshop isn’t complicated, but if you aren’t sure what you are doing, it can be frustrating to get them in the right place.
1. Download the ATN file you want to use and save it to your desktop.
2. Select your action file by clicking on it once. If you’ve downloaded multiple files, hold down “Ctrl” on your keyboard and click each one once. Press “Ctrl-C” on your keyboard to copy the ATN file(s) you seleted.
3. Open your Start menu by clicking on the icon in the lower left of your screen. Type “Windows Explorer” into the search bar. In the window that comes up, click on “Computer.” Double-click your main hard drive in the new window. It should be labeled C:.
4. Double-click “Program Files,” then “Adobe” and find your Photoshop installation folder. The folder name might vary slightly, depending on which version of Photoshop you are using and what suite it is part of. Open your Photoshop installation folder by double-clicking it.
5. Double-click the “Presets” folder, then the “Actions” folder to open the Photoshop actions installation location.
6. Press “Ctrl-V” on your keyboard to paste the ATN file(s) you copied.
7. Open Photoshop. In the Actions panel, click on the dropdown menu icon and select “Load Actions.” In the Load window that pops up, navigate again to the Photoshop “Actions” folder on your hard drive. Select the action you added, then click “Load.” The action will appear in the panel.