Posts tagged "Automation"

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: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=4963

• For Windows: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=4688

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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June 1, 2011

Video Tutorial – Helpful Hints for Creating Actions in Photoshop

In this episode of The Complete Picture, I will focus on little known features and helpful hints for creating actions to successfully automate tasks in Photoshop.

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May 26, 2011

Placing Guides in the Center of a Photoshop Document

To quickly set guides in the center of any size and/or resolution Photoshop document, set the Preferences for  Units & Rulers to Percentage, show your Rulers (Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + R), and record an action dragging guides to the 50%  marks. (You can also select View > New Guide to place the guide at the 50% mark instead of dragging it out from the rulers.) Next time you need guides, simply play the action. For more information about creating actions, please see:

Basic Actions and Batch Processing

In this episode of The Complete Picture, learn how you can accomplish more in less time using actions and batch processing in PSCS3’s to streamline your workflow and minimize repetitive tasks.

Advanced Actions, Droplets and Scripts

In this episode of The Complete Picture, take automation to a new level in PSCS3 by mastering complex actions in order to turn several steps into a single click. Discover droplets, integration with LR and scripts.

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December 16, 2010

Open As Layer (no extension)

Based a a customer request, Thomas modified the original scrips so that it now will open an image and convert the Background into a layer and name the layer the file name – without the extension.

Installing the OpenAsLayerNoExtension.jsx script will allow you to open a file and have Photoshop CS5 automatically promote the background into a layer AND rename that layer the same as the file name (without the extension). This script works for the Open command, opening  files through Bridge and Adobe Camera Raw. Special thanks to Thomas Ruark at Adobe for creating and sharing this script!

Directions to install:

Copy the script into the Photoshop CS5 folder / Presets / Scripts / Event Scripts Only
Launch Photoshop CS5

Select File > Scripts > Script Events Manager

In the Script Events Manager dialog box:
Click to enable “Enable Events to Run Scripts/Actions:”
For Photoshop Event: use the drop down to select “Open Document”
In the Script drop down select “OpenAsLayer”
Click the Add button (it should show up in the upper list box)
Click the Done button

Open your document. In the Layers palette, the Background has been changed to a layer and renamed the document name. Note: This script will have no effect on documents that do not have a background layer.

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October 6, 2010

Selecting Layers via the Layers Panel

Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) + left/right bracket will select the next layer up/down in the Layers panel. Adding the Shift key adds to the selection.

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October 4, 2010

Invert Foreground Color

This JavaScript (Invert Foreground Color) inverts the foreground color in Photoshop.
To install:
1) Download and unzip the file
2) Quit Photoshop
3) Place the script in your Photoshop CS3/Presets/Scripts folder.
4) Launch Photoshop
5) Select a foreground color
6) Choose File > Script > invertForeGroundClor

Of course you can assign a keyboard shortcut to the script by selecting Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts, selecting Shortcuts For Application Menus and scrolling down to File… Scripts… InvertForeGroundColor

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September 23, 2010

Toggling Commands and Modal Dialog Box Controls On and Off

There are two columns to the left of recorded actions/commands in the Actions panel. The first column controls if the command in the action is to be played or skipped – when on, a check is displayed, when off, it’s an empty well. The second column determines if a “modal” dialog box will be displayed when the command is played – when on, a small dialog box icon is displayed, when off, it’s an empty well. Note: commands that do not display a dialog box are blank in the second column.

Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) -clicking on either of these two column’s icons (the check, the modal dialog box or the empty well) will toggle on or off all of the other commands/modal controls. Note that this shortcut works on other panels as well. For example, Option (Mac)/ Alt (Win) -clicking the eye icon in the Layers panel toggles the visibility of all other layers.

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September 22, 2010

Changing the Setting in a Recorded Command

To change the settings recorded in an action,  double click on the command in the action and modify as needed.

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September 21, 2010

Open, Make and Rename Layer

Installing the OpenAsLayer script will allow you to open a file and have Photoshop CS5 automatically promote the background into a layer AND rename that layer the same as the file name. (This works for the Open command, opening  files through Bridge and Adobe Camera Raw). Special thanks to Thomas Ruark at Adobe for creating and sharing this script!

Copy the script into the Photoshop CS5 folder / Presets / Scripts / Event Scripts Only
Launch Photoshop CS5

Select File > Scripts > Script Events Manager

In the Script Events Manager dialog box:
Click to enable “Enable Events to Run Scripts/Actions:”
For Photoshop Event: use the drop down to select “Open Document”
In the Script drop down select “OpenAsLayer”
Click the Add button (it should show up in the upper list box)
Click the Done button

Open your document. In the Layers palette, the Background has been changed to a layer and renamed the document name. Note: This script will have no effect on documents that do not have a background layer.

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September 20, 2010

Add File Name as Text Layer

If you’ve ever needed to add a text layer that contains the name of the open file here is a script to make it happen.

Download the script:  AddFileName20pt.jsx and double click to unzip the file.

Quit Photoshop.

Place the script in your Photoshop CS5/Presets/Scripts folder.

Launch Photoshop.

Open your image.

Select File > Scripts > AddFileName20pt

A word of caution, it is doubtful that the script will add the type layer at the exact size and in the exact position that you will want it. In order to make changes to the type style (size, font, color etc.), it is CRITICAL (especially if you are recording the script as part of an action) that you double click on the “Filename” type layer in the Layers palette and make changes to the type (font, size etc.) using the Options bar. Do NOT swipe the text in the image area or it will record that file’s name as part of the action and all of the following images will be named the same as the first one that you recorded!

Special thanks to Thomas Ruark at Adobe for creating this script.

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