Arden Prucha Photography put together a couple of really nice informative tutorial videos on how to record a master Photoshop action that combines multiple actions and custom adjustment layers. From there, Arden explains how to use that master action to batch edit literally hundreds of images at one time. This is an amazing time saver that literally shaves hours off of editing time. If your editing style requires more customization by the use of painting on layer masks to add in and take out effects, simply use her method of not building the close and save commands into the master action. That way, you can review each photo after the master action has played and adjust the action layer settings and use the layer masks to paint effects as needed before you save the files.
She mentions in the video about having to close out Photoshop after she records an action. I believe that is a glitch that her Photoshop program is experiencing, as I’ve never had to do that when writing actions. It is very important however, to save your newly recorded actions somewhere on your computer. That way, if you need to reinstall your new set of master actions, you have a backup saved. See the screenshots below for a visual on creating the sets, master actions, and saving.
Thank you to Arden Prucha for taking the time to share this wonderful information! Be sure to check out her beautiful photography!