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Faster merge software than Indesign Data merge

We have created an Indesign document for 450.000 letters we need to send. Included in this letter is a Datamatrix barcode. We are trying to merge the data, but it takes forever, we can only do batches ...
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Can InDesign use XML data to generate QR Codes?

I'm building a business directory in InDesign, and my data source is a MySQL database. I can query this database anyway I wish, and output it either as xml or as a csv file. I prefer the XML option, ...
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How to automatically batch export with name+subgroupname in Photoshop CC

I have a PSD file which the designer draws textures for a game character. This file has group folders such as hair, eye etc. In each group there are other group folders named with numbers such as ...
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Automated rendering of After Effects or similar

I'm looking for a way to integrate animations into our existing product. The animations would essentially be 30 second commercials containing some variable data (names, dates, numbers). The system ...
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Error in Drawing a path using Photoshop scripting

I am using the following script for drawing a set of paths onto a photoshop image. var docRef= app.activeDocument; app.displayDialogs = DialogModes.NO; var currentRulerUnits = ...
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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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Create action with “Extract assets” as one of commands

I'm trying to automate assets generation with batch file processing and few actions applied to each file. Everything is fine, except I need to run "Extract Assets" command from new 14.1 CC and when I ...
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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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How to remove every second frame from an animated gif?

I have a folder full of videos that I want to convert to an animated gifs. ffmpeg/avconv does a bad job of doing it directly, so I instead convert the video to a gif by first outputting each frame as ...
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Auto clean up of Text Styles in Sketch / Minimizing amount of styles

I am working within a sketch file that has 147 different varieties of text styles. Ranging from H1 all the way down to sub categories body text. Now some of them are very similar in style where a ...
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Specifying input for a batch photoshop job

In the next 2 months, I will be helping local artists sell their work on various product types (tees, canvases, hoodies, etc.). They will be sending me high resolution PNG files which I need to ...
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Website to apply some visual style to a vector image (SVG, etc)

Question: If I have a vector path (let's say it's an SVG), what's a website I can send it to and get various "styles" in return? What I mean by "style" is just: change the colors of the vector paths ...
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Tools for creating and exporting a LOT of icons?

I have to create and a large number of icons (multiple sizes and colors of a couple hundred icons). Sizes can range pretty drastically (largest at 256x256px, smallest at 14x14px) so I also have to be ...
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Command line tool to align 2D non-photo images

Hugin's align_image_stack tool seems to be highly recommended for photos. It may well work in such cases where you have EXIF data, the images are all the same resolution and taken from roughly the ...
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How to auto generate bulk greeting cards from excel/csv data

I am trying to bulk generate greeting cards from an excel(or csv) table in which multiple people have generated customized messages for each recipient. Each card can have a different number of ...
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Curves automation in Adobe Photophop (CS 6)

I have some microscopy photographs with different exposures. The grayscale images will be used for comparison next to each other. Currently, to 'normalize' the differences in the pictures I tweak the ...
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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 to remove the color fills from this drawing and transfrom lines to B&W vector

I'm trying to figure out the best way to remove the color fills from this drawing and transform the gray outlines to a B&W vector (or sharp clean edges)--think "coloring book" style. It's not ...
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InDesign: how to get anchored objects to flow within text boxes

Writing my thesis and this drives me mad. I: place images, add captions to them, ..and anchor (see pink arrow) them to relevant text, see image: (ignore here that the image falls off the page ...
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Is there any way to record and play mouse click in Photoshop?

I'm trying to record a jsx using Photoshop scriptlistener plugin. Is there any way by which I can record the mouse click and play it again using scripting? I'm using the latest version of Photoshop.
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Using an action to apply color overlay

In brief, I need a way of applying a layer colour overlay with dynamic values in an action. This is a hard one to describe but I have three source theme files which have many layers which correspond ...
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How can I use Automate Batch Action of Adobe Photoshop to cut 5px for every image

I have thousands of pictures and almost all have different dimensions and I want to cut the bottom of every image for 5px using Canvas Size and then save it. How can I Automate Batch Process this? ...
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Im trying to use grep styles to format large quantities of text

Here is a sample of the text. NEW! Certificate in Office Operations (3 parts) Office Operations Cyber Security for Managers Embracing Sustainability in the Workplace Intro to 3D Printing ...
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Adobe Photoshop: Creating a matrix grid / collage of images

Is there a convenient way of creating a grid, or a collage of images, without having to do it manually? Ideally I want a 64x64 square grid of images that are each 100px * 100px. I've seen them done a ...
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Creating triangular patterns in Illustrator CC

I've been trying to do this kind of design on Illustrator CC automatically: The colors are taken from an image. I've done this by colouring each triangle by hand, but since it's quite tedious, I've ...
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Is there a way to automate reversing the order of artboards in Illustrator?

Is there a way to reverse the order of artboards so that pages 1 2 3 4 become 4 3 2 1 ? I am trying to extract the English pages from a bilingual booklet and changing each artboard manually is not the ...
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Is it possible to create List Automation “Data Merge” from word or csv docs to indesign?

I Can't seem to get a list of items from a .csv file to indesign with data merge. When I do so Indesign only shows the first line in the column. I am using an excel spread sheet that has two columns ...
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How to automate producing m×n matrix with original image by cloning and moving layers in Photoshop CC?

I have a set of images in a directory. They all have different sizes, like for instance first has 350×450px, the other one 500×500px etc… I need to take each and create psd or jpg image that repeats ...
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Export an image from Illustrator with multiple sizes at once?

In addition to this question - How can I export an image from Illustrator image at multiple sizes? Is there a way I can do this at once? I wish to define few different sizes and export couple of ...
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Automatically Create Chapters with Master Pages and XML

I'm working on a catalog that contains several chapters and well over 100 pages. Luckily, I know that each chapter will be four pages long and use the same four Master Pages. In a perfect world, I ...
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Mapping trees on an estate map, using a csv file

I wish to create maps showing locations of trees on an estate. I would use an existing map of the estate as my base layer. I would create an excel database of the trees. (ie CSV file) Each tree ...
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Optimize speed of PDF export

My job basically is to combine pictures of clothes with logotypes in Illustrator and then: - Save copy - Manually rename as the original .ai. - Chooose Format: PDF. - Press save. - Choose my custom ...
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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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How do I combine an SVG file with auto incrementing text in illustrator

Currently we have a series of sequential QR codes as SVGs. We are looking to add an incrementing unique number to the bottom of the QR code. Something like the following process. Import SVG ...
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How to automatically create 500 images with increasing numbers in Photoshop? [duplicate]

I want to create 500 images which all have the same size and background color but show a different number (increasing from 1 to 500). So the output should look like this: ... Now I don't want ...
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Make a picture from smaller tiles

I really hope it is possible. I have 4,096 images. These images are relatively small (12 kb) and they are in TGA format. Basically, these images are supposed to be small tiles of a 64×64 grid that I ...
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Merge Point Text Objects Into One Text Area In Illustrator

After importing from PDF I have several single line point text objects which I want to convert to one multiline text area object. Currently I have several lines of text represented as separate point ...
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How to automatically save each layer as its own png/jpeg while keeping one main layer above

We offer vinyl decals for many devices. To show what a design looks like on a device, we have to create a main layer of the device, having the place of where the skin would fit cut out for our ...
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Auto align layers with changing contents but constant shape in Photoshop

I have 70+ images of a coloured microsphere taken through a microscope. Between each image, I manually rotated the sphere by about 5°. In each picture, the position of the sphere is slightly different ...
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Script for GIMP to make a certain area transparent for several images

I would like to have a script to process a set of image files in png format, lets's say inside of one directory. We can also assume the images have the same size. The processing should contain of the ...
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Basics of macro implementation - missing components

I am going through GIMP manual and stuck for my shame at the beginning. How do I call that autoCommander? Is it example for the final result? And assume I wrote that pseudo code into ...
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Programmatically creating radiating rows of dots

I want to create a speaker hole pattern like this: But I'm not sure where to start. Can this be achieved without laborious positioning in Illustrator or similar software?
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Is it possible to batch the same photo multiple times over?

I'd like to move a layer in my photo continuously, and save it in incrementing file names. For example: 1.png 2.png 3.png ... I heard about the batch tool, but that edits multiple photos rather ...
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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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Creating graphics in bulk with minor variances

I need to make 50-500 copies of a photo with a phone number printed over top of each. Each of the 50-500 copies needs to have a different colored font or font type for the phone number. I have been ...
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How do i cancel a batch process in illustrator or photoshop?

I'm using the the "batch.." automation process under the actions menu in illustrator. How do I cancel a batch process once it is already started? Is there a method for canceling batches in photoshop ...
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Image processing automation

How does Photoshop treat a perfectly square image? Are they considered a Portrait or Landscape. I need to automate some image processing and I need to filter out perfectly square (aspect ratio 1:1) ...
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Photoshop automate copying shapes and changing color

I am currently manually creating a set of cards. The cards consist of 1-5 copies of the same shape, in one of a handful of colors. For example, I have a card with 1 red circle, a card with 2 red ...
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How should templates for automated banner creation look like? [closed]

I'm trying to create banner ad automatically using Python and Pillow library. So, basically, my program will generate thousands of banner ads with a template and tens of images as the input. The ...
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How to import a CSV list of names into Illustrator artwork?

I print decals. A lot of them. Especially this time of year (summer sports, back-to-school, etc.) It'd make my job a lot easier if I could import a CSV list of names into two predefined artboards, ...