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How can I create and transfer the same metering scale (vector) to a mass of different .jpg images?

I am given a lot (about 300) of single, different size jewelry as .jpg images (necklaces, bracelets, earrings, pins, etc). I am asked to create and place a vector image of a metering scale (as the one ...
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Can InDesign CS6 automatically update figure and step numbers for consumer instruction revisions?

Thanks in advance for any help with this! I'm creating consumer instructions with many steps and associated graphics with corresponding figure numbers. For example, Step 6 refers to the graphic ...
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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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Automating file export with different colored objects and file names

I’ve been working with Illustrator CC 2014 on a floor map for a ~400 rooms building. To allow visitors to find rooms more quickly, I wanted to generate a series of images with highlighted rooms. The ...
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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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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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Creating an action or script for pasting thumbnails into canvas

I have series of thumbnail images, many of them are 52 x 70 and I want to create an action or a script that would do the following: paste each one onto a canvas of 72x72 black save each one for web ...
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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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How to show/hide specific objects based on variables in InDesign?

I'm creating a 80-page product catalog for a clothing company. Each page contains one clothing item. On each page, there is a table that contains four pieces of information about that clothing item: ...
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How to automatically document the image dimensions of a huge list of different sized images?

I have over 1000 images to process and it would make life easier if I could obtain the dimensions of the each image in a spreadsheet or document. I was hoping for a program or something where I ...
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How to automate setting position and dimensions to round values?

I'm trying to set the position and size of selected objects in Illustrator to whole numbers quickly. Is there an Action or Script that does that already ? If so, where can I find that ? Otherwise, ...
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Executing multiple commands in sequence in GIMP

I've been working with GIMP for some time now and at the moment I'm creating some wood graphics for a game. For creating the wood, I first fill the image in brown, then apply some filters and finally ...
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Photoshop Batch Script for Exporting Layers with a Master Backround

I have 100 layers that I want to export with a specific master layer as the background. Any JSX scripts out there for CS6? thanks!
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how to automatically generate a text variable for each text box in my illustrator file

I have a big file with hundreds of images and texts. I need to export all the texts in order to send them to the translator. I know I can do it with the variables, but its still a long process because ...
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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 to automate letters icon creation with free tools

I must say im not designer im programmer im building simple game for my kids in this game i need to create many sets of english letters icons like this ones im attaching. now im doing it using ...
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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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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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Multiple gifs on screen/in film

I am filming a project, and in one of the scenes I need to have a lot of smiley-faces. For example this: How can I repeat this multiple times on the screen?
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Photoshop batch image action: how to change background to white

I am trying to create an action in Photoshop cs6 to Batch Change image background to white. I’ve attached a few samples of the JPEGs to change. If you can show the techniques for this,it would be ...
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How can I efficiently make several hundred signs for a plant sale?

This is my first StackExchange question ever, yay! First I will describe how I made the signs last year: I started with a spreadsheet of plant names and prices, as well as a folder of images (one ...
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How to automate jpg creation for all colors?

I need to get each hexadecimal color in jpgs (or another format). I don't know if this is possible in PS by automating the process somehow, but ideally I'd like to create the image in let's say ...
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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, ...
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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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Make an index where “cat” also refers to “cats”

I'm trying to make an index with page references. I want the word "cat" to be in the index and point to all the pages where the word "cat" is. So far so good. But I also want the same word "cat" to ...
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How to Automatically Generate Many Graphics with Illustrator Using External Data

I have an Adobe Illustrator file (.ai) I made with Illustrator CC (2014 edition). I want to use it to automatically generate many graphics using information from a database. The following are ...
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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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How to batch resize several logos in Photoshop? [duplicate]

I have several logos to resize with the same size of 600px x 160px with a file size no less than 200kb in size using only .jpg or .png file format. How can I do this in Photoshop as a group/batch?
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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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Batch canvas resize (add 1 inch of blank canvas to the top of all images)

What is the most efficient way to add X amount of blank canvas to the top of a bunch of images? I'm sure there's a program capable of doing a batch process somewhere. But so far all I've found is ...
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How to automate the process of filling diplomas?

Here is a task: I have excel file with table (for example columns are Name, Number and Address) and dimloma template. How can I automate filling my template and save all done diplomas to different ...
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How to export large amount of objects to separate images in InDesign?

I have this photo album with two layers, layouted in InDesign (CS6): On the first layer I have all the graphic elements (the gras and the yellow elements) On the second layer are portraits (the ...
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GREP duplicate line of text

Is it possible to duplicate lines of text with GREP? Here is exactly what I would like to do; I have a list of letters and numbers that looks like this: R1H3BOA2HA4 R1H3BOA2H4 R1H2H3BO4 ...
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Is there any way I can add watermark to .jpg files (around 15000), en masse instead of one by one?

I have around 15000 .jpg files that need to be watermarked. Is there any way to process these images en masse to add the watermark?
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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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inkscape - align edges sequentially?

I have a linear sequence of many same-sized rectangles. e.g. [----] (space) [-------] (space) [--] (space) [---] (space) [----------] I need all of the edges to be touching. ...
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Write script for Corel Draw

Is it possible to write script in some language which would generate vectors for me automatically in the way I want? In Corel Draw of course. I have 30 basic images and I want to make a spritesheet ...
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Is there a way to batch distort images?

In photoshop elements (or any other program really), is there a way to batch "distort" a bunch of images? Lets say I have multiple images (all 500 by 500 pixels) and I want to distort them all to a ...
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What factors do these colors share?

Colors below seem to share some kind of "tone" together. For example, colors like this or this seem too bright to fit into this group. What exactly makes this "tone"? I want some technical ...
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Illustrator CS6 Actions

Is there a way to create an export action in Illustrator where each time the action is run, it asks for a location to export to? I work on multiple projects where the exported JPEGs need to go into ...
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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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Can I automatically insert name label in indesign?

I work with a group of designers on a project using InDesign. Is there anyway we can automatically assign the name of the person working on it into the Indesign document every time the document is ...
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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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Illustrator variables / data-driven documents: how to batch-export one file for each data set?

With the Variables window in Illustrator you can make something a bit like a data merge document with lots of variants for different records (InDesign's data merge is usually better, but I have to use ...
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Illustrator: rotating back to perfect angles [duplicate]

I am wondering: After I rotate an element in Illustrator to an un-even angle, is there a simple way to rotate it back to an even angle later? Whenever I try to get a shape back to 0 degrees or 90 ...
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How to set a “rule” to apply automatically a font to a certain word?

I'm translating a document in Adobe InDesign. There is a sort of rule that make the word "Action" italic every time I type it in. Where can I modify that rule? I need to add a similar rule for the ...
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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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Illustrator: creating two colour-wheel-like objects out of 23 circles/discs

So what I'm trying to do is make 23 circles in the same style as the image below, but in two concentric rings instead of one big one. The circles should be the same size and also arranged in a ...
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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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Advice on batch exporting sections of an image

I have a large PSB file (33600x19200px) and I need to write a script to export sections of this image as a series of images. What would the best approach be ? Initially I thought about scripting ...