A Photoshop action is a series of tasks that you play back on a single file or a batch of files—menu commands, panel options, tool actions, and so on. For example, you can create an action that changes the size of an image, applies an effect to the image, and then saves the file in the desired ...

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Recommendations on how to synchronize Photoshop actions, swatches, etc. across computers

Is there any convenient way to synchronize Photoshop settings like keyboard shortcuts, actions, swatches, custom layer sytles, etc.. across several computers, preferably in an automated way? So far, ...
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Is there a way to automate changing the hue of many layers with a different value per layer?

Let's say I have 100 photos in a folder. On the first one, I would like to change the Hue to -180, and save it. On the second one, I would like to change the Hue to -170. On the third one, I would ...
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Importing spreadsheet data as layers into Adobe Illustrator

I have a spreadsheet with a TON of content that I need to import to layers via Illustrator. I have several columns that need to be imported for some business cards. So for instance name, email, phone, ...
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How do you create custom scripts for automation in Photoshop?

I have been recording custom actions to perform various automations, though I am starting to require greater control which would be better implemented using some form of scripting (if this can indeed ...
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How to record action for automatic repeat in GIMP?

I have repetitive actions I need to perform on images that are all consistent. For example I have 100 images with size 100 X 100 What I need to do on each one: 1. scale to 75 x 75 2. export as png ...
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Disable each step from being show on screen when using user-defined actions

I have created a few actions to add border and guide marks on images. Depending on the border required, a different action button is used. Part of these actions are canvas size changes, image flips, ...
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How to record an action to center the content of a layer?

For example, there are 2 layers: an iPhone mockup an app icon upper left of the mockup screen When I want to export the app icon as a .png file, now I: copy the icon layer to a new PSD use the ...
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Apply an action to each item in a selection in turn?

If you use an Illustrator action on a selection, it applies it to that selection as a whole. Illustrator actions can be applied as 'batches', but this means batches of files, not batches of objects. ...
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Can I transform an image's location in a Photoshop action so that it's relative to the canvas and NOT the image?

I'm trying to create an action that will move a layer around the canvas. The problem is that my image won't always be the same size and neither will my canvas. If I record a transform and move my ...
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Open a Photoshop document layer in a new File quickly?

My First Question here, I have a lot of PSD's to work on in which my main job is to: Copy a layer/layers Make a new Document place/drag them into the new document Trim the image to size Save as a ...
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Photoshop: How to change an action's step property value?

I have made an action that resizes an image to 30%. How can I set that value to 40%, preferably without having to make a new action? I have highlighted the area that I would like to change:
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How can I use “Save For Web” in a Batch Action and save new files in their original files folder using Photoshop CS?

Let me explain the title a little further. What I have is a series of PDF files in a series of folders -- Parent Folder   -Child Folder      --PDF file ...
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Creating spritesheets for gaming

I am trying to create a SpriteSheet using Photoshop's Scripts>Export layers to files. Thinking about using each layer as a frame. This is what i am doing... I have a layer with a rectangle in it. I ...
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Scripting actions by hand in Photoshop / Bridge

Does anyone know if there's a less clunky way of creating actions than by using the built-in recording function in Photoshop? For instance, if I have an Action I want to alter slightly (add a step, ...
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How can I copy and paste a logo layer using Actions?

Is there a way to copy a layer from one file and paste it into multiple files using Actions? I already use actions to re-size the images, but I end up having to manually copy and paste the layer with ...
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Photoshop action to export png using filename pattern (@2x)

How do you create a Photoshop action to do the following: Save for Web, at full size, using the (PSD) filename with "@2x" appended (and .png) Save for Web, at 50% size, using the (PSD) filename (and ...
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How do I automate checking conditions on a TIFF?

When I've finished editing, I need to make sure I've met the formatting requirements of my client. I have a checklist that i'd love to be able to automate. Within photoshop would be great; even better ...
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Photoshop actions: saving with custom addition

I have searched far and wide for this, and cannot figure it out. I create and run an action, but I want the action to save the image with the original name + two custom letters. Original image is ...
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How can I create an action that hides or shows layers by a specific name in Photoshop?

I have some layers in a PSD that are named "@bounds". I'd like to create an action that will either show or hide any layers in the doc that match that layer name. Is this something that can be done ...
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What can I use to facilitate drawing in a “cartoon” style?

Is there a Photoshop or Illustrator action or a set of brushes that can help me achieve this image style and feeling in my drawings / photos?
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An action to export a Photoshop document with file name intact

Is there a way to export a document in Photoshop using an action that would preserve the file name? Example: I have a document called Home.psd. I'd like to run an action, and it would create a ...
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Adding “Duplicate Group” to Photoshop Action

I have created a Photoshop action which: Duplicates the current image. Merges all visible layers. Removes hidden layers. Rearranges parts of image. Adds the layer to a group. Displays user interface ...
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Automatically add a link to multiple PDFs in Adobe Acrobat Pro (Batch process?)

I would like to add a link to an external website to a set of PDF files - Ultimately each file would have this link in the upper left hand corner. Is there a way to automate this, much like the ...
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Photoshop action to export icon resources for OS X app?

Is there a photoshop action for exporting a 1024x1024 canvas as all the required icon resources for a OS X app? Seems like something the design community would have made, but I can't find anything so ...
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Action on selected layer in Photoshop

I have a bunch of Smart Objects in a .psd. I want to create an action that opens up the .psb of each individual Smart Object and scale the .psb image size by 150%. The reason for all this is that ...
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How do I make a photoshop action pick a color from the image?

I am trying to capture a photoshop action that requires setting the foreground color by using the color picker at a particular location in the image. When I record the action, a 'set foreground ...
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Scalable Text in Photoshop In a Droplet?

I'm trying to create a droplet for batch image processing that will put a border of 2 px all around, add 30 px to the top, then within that top space place some text that will automatically scale to ...
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How can I create an action to increase my canvas size in Photoshop ONLY if the canvas is X?

For starters to be clear, I'm looking to manipulate canvas size. Not image size. I want to create an action to automatically increase the width and height of my canvas in Photoshop to a specific size ...
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How to create an action to copy a text layer across documents?

In PS CS6, I am trying to create an action to copy a text layer from one document to another document to sit in the same location. Document size are same each other. I couldn't find a way how to ...
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Is there a Photoshop action to create bump, normal and reflection maps for rendering software?

Does anyone know of a Photoshop action, or set of actions to produce a defuse, bump, normal and reflection map for use in 3d rendering software? It seems like quite a simple thing and I have searched ...
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How to create frames from layers in Photoshop extended?

Is there a way to automatically create frames from layers in a Photoshop document? Bridge lets you open several images into one Photoshop document as layers, now I would like to get these layers ...
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Automatically saving in a batch action

I have an action in Photoshop: Set Background Black & White Make adjustment layer Set Current adjustment layer Then I go to File->Automate->Batch and set it to output to a folder with ...
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“On the fly” actions in Photoshop

I use actions regularly. Sometimes I just need to resize a bunch of images to a certain size, and will never use that action again. So I create an action, use it and then delete it, or let it rot in ...
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PS CC Filter Selections used in Actions

The new layer filters is nice but doesn't record when making actions. Before I was able to add 'Select similar layer' in an action and edit all similar layers (because they have different layer names) ...
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Create an Action That Allows Users to Define Colour

So, I'm trying to create my first action. This is what I want to happen upon running the action: Set Foreground Colour LET USER PICK COLOUR WITH EYEDROPPER TOOL Create new Swatch of Foreground ...
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Prompting to make a selection in a Photoshop action

A little help with creating an action. I'm trying to crop a bunch of photos and apply some filters to them. The problem is I want to crop each photo differently. Is it possible to stop the action and ...
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Is this a photo or 3D render, and how would I give a photo a similar effect?

Is this a photo or rendered image? How can I achieve a similar affect post production with a photo? Are there any actions already available that might do this? EDIT: After comments below, are ...