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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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Adobe Automation: Dynamic Text in Template

I'm developing a template for my team's daily production needs, and every product must have certain consistent marginalia on it, such as date, product ID, title, subtitle, etc. Currently, this ...
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Automatically apply different fonts based on text/symbol

I'm working on layout for a 300-page trilingual “coffee table” style textbook, and one of the languages uses a glottal stop symbol which the chosen body text font can't handle. This means that for ...
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How to blur all text in an image automatically

Is there a way to blur just the text in any image, automatically? I have a lots of PNG images with text(s) in them. And I have to blur all of it from all of them. Is there a way to automate this?
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How to turn a path with straight lines into a curved path automatically in Illustrator?

I know how to do this manually, but I need an automatic way (either a script or just a command in Illustrator). Here's a line like the one I mean. Notice how it's all made of straight lines (The blue ...
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How to split an SVG file with dozens of g elements into dozens of SVG files?

I have an SVG file that has, say, 10 g elements that do not start at (0,0). For example: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <!-- Generator: Adobe Illustrator 16.0.1, SVG Export Plug-In . ...
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How to fill shirt patterns into a shirt silhouette with realistic form “twist”?

I currently have xxx amount of patterns that I want to apply to a shirt silhouette. My challenge is that I naturally want to apply the pattern with realistic "twist" and form on arms, collar etc. So ...
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How to stack images in photoshop side by side in a grid? (Automation, Batching)

How to stack images in photoshop side by side in a grid? In a automated process? I'm going to have a grid of 3 x 7 (total 21) logos for a website? Alternatively I could make images seperately and ...
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Automated fitting images inside a frame

I have a frame in which different photos must shrink and fit into (frame size is absolute), and then save into different file names (preferably same name as the file that was fit into the frame). ...
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Given a number, how to find that many colours that are well-distinguishable?

I'm interested in getting an method for obtaining n well-distinguishable colours, where n is just a given number. The purpose is for it to be implemented in an algorithmic way. I have read other ...
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How to create an outlined drawing of a map or easily turn a Google Maps screenshot into one?

I could probably figure out how to do one, but I have to do like, 30 of these and I want to learn how to make it quick and painless. My first thought was using Live Trace in Illustrator, but I'm not ...
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InDesign: Resetting character style after end of paragraph

Is there a way (a setting or a shortcut) in InDesign to reset a character style to None after the end of a paragraph? Paragraph styles have the option for Next Style, but this does not apply to ...
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Illustrator - Print copies with sequential numbers

I have an Illustrator document, which has a text field with a number. How do I print X copies of it, so each copy has a different sequential number on it, say from 0000 to X ?
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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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Is there an autosave feature in Adobe Illustrator?

Is there a way to retrieve your work after a crash, if you haven't saved for a while?
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What tool or tutorial to use to inject a word into an existing icon?

I want to create icons easily. Is there any tool (or tutorial) that can help creating beautiful semantic words that can be added to an existing icon? Example: Suppose that we have this icon: and we ...
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Automated way to extract irregularly sized sprites from a sprite sheet

I have a sprite sheet from a classic video game (if you're curious, Final Fight) that I'd like to be broken up into indivual images to be used in GameSalad. However, the images aren't on an even grid, ...
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Kerning on the fly

Do anyone know any algorithm which would calculate automatically kerning of characters based on glyph shapes when user types text? I don't mean trivial calculation of advance widths or similar, I ...
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How do I create color swatch for Photoshop from a list of RGB values?

I have a list of colors as RRR GGG BBB in a text file and I need to use only those colors to create my images. I'd like to be able to load those colors to Photoshop's color palette (swatch). Is there ...
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Re-Recording Actions in Illustrator

I frequently record Illustrator Actions. My actions are quite long, but they all involve three common steps: Assigning Notes to shapes Assigning Swatches to shapes Selecting shapes that have a ...
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Encyclopaedia-style InDesign running headers, where pages have many, one or zero headings

So, you can have a heading running on each page that varies automatically based on the most recent heading (or, occurrence of any other paragraph style) by putting text with InDesign text variables ...
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How to automate exporting multiple PNGs with different sizes from Photoshop?

I have a .psd file with a 96px x 96px resolution. Now I want to save this as four .png files with different resolutions such as 36px x 36px, 48px x 48px, 72px x 72px and 96px x 96px. Instead of ...
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Position copied content within guides using a single PS Action

I'm struggling to get the following done in a single action: I have retouched full res TIFF's - each with a product shot on transparency background. The products are in slightly different place in ...
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Script to color parts of image based on input data

I have a picture of a map of Europe with proper borders. I need to color each country in different shades of color according to certain properties of the country. This is trivial manually in PS or ...
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Export layers to PNG files, with their layer sizes with Photoshop [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Exporting layers in Photoshop I have a psd file with 30-40 layers. I would like to export these into PNG files, since I need the transparent background. I have tried ...
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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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Automate image creation with addition of number, that increases with each iteration [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to create a batch job, numbering images (writing text on them) from 1 to 100 in Photoshop? I have an image and I'm adding number to it as a Type layer with some ...
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Create a sprite using a sequence of images photoshop

I would like to create a horizontal image sprite for use in a jQuery animation, how would i create a sprite from 190 images in a folder (around 220kb each file) into a single horizontal sprite?
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How to set the width of one item based on the width of another item in InDesign?

I am taking a bunch of text snippets and creating boxes that are 0.2 inches wider than the text snippet to use as a background for it. I have hundreds of these to make. I can't think of a way to ...
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Keyboard Shortcut for 'New Swatch' in Illustrator?

Does a keyboard shortcut for creating a New Swatch in the Colour Palette window in Illustrator exist? I've been assembling over hundreds of new swatches today, and it has been especially tedious to ...