April 28, 2006

Insanely obscure scripting feature o’ the day

I considered calling this post “Most Obscure. Feature. Ever,” but then I remembered the tweaky labyrinths woven as Russell Brown bribed various engineers for little improvements. In any case, knowing this tip would qualify anyone as Photoshop Illuminati:

When accessing File->Scripts in Photoshop, first hold down the Opt/Alt key. Instead of running the selected script, Photoshop will open it in the ExtendScript Toolkit (Mac/Win)–itself quite a well-kept secret.

Hey, I said it was obscure, but it could be a useful way to inspect anything from layers to PNG to Flash gallery creation. Thanks to Tom Ruark, Photoshop engineer & Russell’s collaborator on the Image Processor script, for pointing this out.

Posted by John Nack at 2:15 PM on April 28, 2006

Comments

  • Marc Pawliger — 9:45 AM on April 29, 2006

    There is precedent for this, true believers: in Entourage (the Mac email application) and the great Mac editor BBEdit (and probably lots more I don’t know about) holding down Option when choosing a script from the Script menu in those applications opens the script in the AppleScript Script Editor instead of running it.

  • Lawson English — 6:03 PM on September 03, 2006

    This only works if you have the JavaScript plug-in installed which I don’t. Anyone have any ideas about how I can get a copy (just moved and my CS CDs are in some unknown box or another). I’m using CS and not CS 2 BTW.

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