Posts tagged "Automation"

March 27, 2015

Helpful Hints for Creating Actions in Photoshop

If you’re using Actions in Photoshop, you will want to know these helpful hints to successfully create actions to automate tasks in Photoshop.

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March 25, 2015

Working with Variables in Photoshop

Learn how to take advantage of the incredible power of Variables in Photoshop to cut hours out of your production time when you need to combine text and photographs. Although this feature has been in Photoshop for many releases, only a small number of customers know if its immense power for tasks such as automating event photography, creating web banners and producing graphics.

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March 17, 2015

The Top 10 Ways to Automate Lightroom (Part 1)

In this episode of The Complete Picture, Julieanne will demonstrate how to streamline Lightroom by taking advantage of presets, templates, collections, virtual copies (and more) in order to eliminate much of the repetitive post-capture tasks such as importing, tagging, developing, exporting and sharing photographs. Although this video was recorded in a previous version, don’t worry, the techniques will work just as well today and answer some of the most frequently asked questions that I receive! So be sure to increase your Lightroom efficiency by watching!

Here is the latest and greatest PDF (JKOSTLR5DevModShortcuts) of all of the shortcuts for Lightroom’s Develop Module.


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February 25, 2015

Automating Your Workflow in Photoshop – Thursday, on CreativeLive

Julieanne_Kost_Automating_Your_Workflow_WEB_1600x900Are you ready to work better, faster, and more efficiently in Photoshop? Then join me for a free course on Automating Your Workflow in Photoshop to learn everything you need to know to use Photoshop to its fullest potential. More details here.

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September 4, 2014

39/50 – Conditional Actions in Photoshop CC

Conditional Actions in Photoshop enable ‘if then’ statements for additional flexibility when using Actions. This video will show you how.

Here is a list of the available conditional attributes:
Document is Landscape
Document is Square
Document Mode is RGB
Document Mode is CMYK
Document Mode is Grayscale
Document Profile is sRGB
Document Depth is 8 Bits per Pixel
Document Depth is 16 Bits per Pixel
Document Depth is 32 Bits per Pixel
Document has unsaved Changes
Document has a Selection
Document has Layers
Document has Alpha Channels
Document is Open
Layer is Background
Layer is Pixel layer
Layer in Adjustment Layer
Layer is Shape Layer
Layer is Layer Group
Layer is Locked
Layer is Visible
Layer has pixel mask
Layer has Vector Mask
Layer has Effects

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June 9, 2014

How to Save and Load Actions in Photoshop

In order to save out one or more Actions in Photoshop, you must have a Set selected. For example, if you select a single action, the Save command will be grayed out, but selecting the set (even if it only contains one action) will allow you to choose Save Actions from the flyout menu on the Actions panel.


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February 28, 2014

“Automate Photoshop Using Actions, Droplets, and Variables” Today on creativeLIVE

Join me today, Friday February 28th,  from 2:45 pm – 4:15 pm on creativeLIVE for 90 minutes of  “Automating Photoshop Using Actions, Droplets, and Variables” during Photoshop Week. The best news is that the courses are free during the live broadcast! And, if you’re in a different time zone, the sessions will be rebroadcast. See the complete schedule and RSVP here.

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October 9, 2013

Video Tutorial – Adobe Camera Raw 8.2 in Photoshop CC (v14.1)

In this episode of The Complete Picture (Adobe Camera Raw 8.2 in Photoshop CC (v14.1)), Julieanne takes a close look at the feature enhancements and refinements made to the Crop tool, workflow settings, and batch saving capabilities in Adobe Camera Raw.  In addition she also covers improvements made to the Spot Removal Tool, Noise Reduction, Local Adjustment Brush, and Histogram.

Note: For more information about the Features in Camera Raw 8.0 (PSCC V14), including the new Upright perspective correction, Radial Filter, and Spot Removal  features please see this video “Adobe Photoshop CC: Favorite Features for Photographers”.

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August 8, 2013

Video Tutorial – Exporting Images in Lightroom 5

In this video tutorial (Exporting Images in Lightroom 5),  you’ll master the Export options in Lightroom to quickly automate the creation of multiple files for a variety of different output scenarios.

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September 13, 2012

Recording Tools in Actions in Photoshop CS6

Photoshop CS6 allows for the recording of tools such as the brush tool . This allows you to create artwork while recording an action and then play it back at a later time, perhaps at a higher resolution. To invoke this feature, from the Actions panel flyout, select “Allow Tool Recording”.

Two helpful hints from Mike Shaw:

• When recording be sure to chose your brush as part of the action or Photoshop will use the currently selected brush.

• If you are recording the action to play back at a different size, set the units of measurement in Photoshop to percentage and don’t define the brush size as part of a brush preset.

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June 14, 2012

Image Processor – JPEG Quality Scale

When using the Image Processor feature in Photoshop (File > Scripts > Image Processor) or Bridge (Tools > Photoshop > Image Processor), enter a value between 1-12 for JPEG quality (1 being the lowest quality and 12 being the highest). Since some applications have a scale from 1-10 or 1-100, I thought that it would be helpful to point out the range.

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September 19, 2011

The Contact Sheet Feature

One of the frequently asked questions in technical support is: “Where did the Contact Sheet and other automated features go in Photoshop CS4 and CS5?” In order to answer this question, I recorded a video tutorial explaining how the Output Module in Bridge replaces the Contact Sheet feature (Where is Contact Sheet in Photoshop CS4).

The information about the Output Module in Bridge (in the video above) is still accurate, but I needed to update the links if you prefer to use the optional “Automate” plug-ins (Contact Sheet II, Picture Package, Web Photo Gallery, Script for Layer Comps to Web Photo Gallery from Photoshop CS3) in Photoshop CS4 or Photoshop CS5 . Here are the updated links to download the Automate Plug-ins:

• For Mac OS:

• For Windows:

Note: Please review the ReadmeCS5_Optionalplugin.pdf file in with the downloaded files for installation instructions.

As you will discover, the Contact Sheet II, Web Photo Gallery, Picture Package and Layer Comps to WPG plug-ins from Photoshop CS3 are supported in 32- and 64-bit Windows, and only 32-bit Mac OS.

Here’s how to run Photoshop CS5 in 32-bit and 64-bit modes:

• To run Photoshop CS5 on Mac OS as a 32-bit application:

Select the Adobe Photoshop CS5 application file, installed by default in the Applications/Adobe Photoshop CS5 folder.

Choose File > Get Info, and select Open in 32 Bit Mode.

Deselect this option to run Photoshop CS5 in 64-bit mode.

• To run Photoshop CS5 in Windows as a 32-bit application:

Close Photoshop CS5.

Navigate to the Program Files (x86) > Adobe > Adobe Photoshop CS5 folder.

Double-click the Adobe Photoshop CS5.exe file.

• To run Photoshop CS5 in Windows as a 64-bit application (if your version of Windows and your hardware supports 64 bit):

Close Photoshop CS5.

Navigate to the Program Files > Adobe > Adobe Photoshop CS5 folder.

Double-click the Adobe Photoshop CS5.exe file.

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August 25, 2011

Using Merge Visible Instead of Flattening Layers within Actions

If you need to create a flattened copy of your layers to use in an action (while leaving the underlying layers intact), while recording the action:

1) Create a new, blank layer at the top of the layer stack.

2) Use the shortcut Command + Option (Mac) / Control + Alt (Win) + Shift + E to “flatten” a copy of the layers onto the empty layer (that you just created at the top of the layer stack).

3) Although you will see “Merge Visible” as the recorded step in the action, you will also see the disclosure triangle to the left of the Merge Visible command. Click the triangle to reveal that using the shortcut to “Merge Visible” is different from using the menu item to  “Merge Visible” as the shortcut merges the visible layers on the new layer that you created in step 1 (as opposed to merging the visible layers into a single flattened layer).

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August 24, 2011

Video Tutorial – Working with Variables

In this episode of The Complete Picture, I will demonstrate the incredible power of Variables in Photoshop. You will learn how to cut hours out of your production time when you need to combine text and photographs. Although this feature has been in Photoshop for many releases, only a small number of customers know if its immense power for tasks such as automating event photography, creating web banners and producing graphics.

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August 23, 2011

Automating Printing with Actions and Scripts

For those who just want to know the short story – in Photoshop CS5 you can record an action that specifies every selection available in the Print Window and the Driver (paper size, paper type, color management mode, printer marks).

For those who want the longer version – in order to do this, we had to change the workflow a bit:

On Mac, in previous versions, you would set up your print in the Photoshop print window, click print, and then go to the OS print window to set the driver settings. We moved the OS print dialog into the Photoshop Print window, under the Printer Settings button. (The reason for this is so that we can capture all the info and put it in an action or a script.) On the first time printing in CS5, if you do not enter the Printer Settings dialog (the OS/Driver dialog), the OS dialog will appear after hitting print (just like CS4). It does this because there are no pre-existing settings. After that, this OS dialog will not appear automatically, and Photoshop will use whatever settings were last entered. Opening the Printer Settings in the print window will allow you to adjust those settings, just as before, but the order is different so this might be confusing.

On Windows, Photoshop has always had the OS/Driver dialog available from the Photoshop print window so it’s not as different, but we have removed the OS window you would have had after clicking print. Again, this was done so that Photoshop has all the print info (contained in Photoshop) so that you can record actions and scripts.

Another change that was made, is that upon selecting a printer, the default profile for the printer is selected and all of the profiles associated with that printer are filtered to the top of the list. Seems like a slam dunk, but unfortunately not all printers have logical defaults and unless you happen to be printing to the default paper, Photoshop will most likely be picking the wrong default profile. If you are a user of custom profiles, those profiles will very likely not be associated with the printer, so unfortunately Photoshop can not choose the correct profile automatically in that situation either.  It does however, at least encourage the selection of a printer profile (not AdobeRGB) to new users.

Thank you Tom Attix for this information!

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