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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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How to count colors in an image or series of images?

Perhaps this question is too technical for this subsite, if so, please relocate it to a better spot. I'm doing some research on colors where I need to figure out how common colors are. The end result ...
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is there a way to add a fixed size to placed images in InDesign?

I want to place hundreds of images in an InDesign project, I need all those images to have the same width when I place them. is there a way to do that? EDIT I tried this way: place the first ...
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Arbitrarily dotted images that simulate depth

I would like to create a flyer, that has a design similar to the one below. I'm thinking of several images, converted to a kind of halftone (simulating depth), but with arbitrarily scattered dots ...
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How to dynamically display object properties in a textbox in Indesign?

Im wondering if there is a way in Indesign CC to get object properties and display them in a text box. In particular the height of a box in pixels. So, if the height of a box changes from 800px to ...
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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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Update Text Content on Multiple Artboards at Once in Sketch

I need to generate a number of banner ads each week and currently use Sketch for doing so. In order to save time, I'm trying to automate (or at least improve the process flow) for this as much as ...
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batch/macro processing and optimizing jpeg quality with a filesize constraint (max 500kb)

We are using a macro that we then batch run to modify images. It works fine except for the element where we try and save the jpeg image in the best quality under 500 kb. This option used to exist ...
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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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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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Converting an Illustrator Letter Head Design to Word

so I created this letter head for a client of mine in Illustrator and it's looking good and everyone is happy with it. This now needs to get converted into a word document so that when they open the ...
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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 1,...
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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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Contact sheet in PSD format with all layers editable? [closed]

I need to use the Contact Sheet function in Adobe Photoshop but the generated contact sheet is flattened to one image. Is there a way to generate a contact sheet in PSD format with all layers, ...
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How to automate creation of OpenType features based on glyph and/or class names?

I use FontLab Studio, but if there are ways to do what I'm asking in Glyphs, I'd make the switch. I know how to write OpenType features by hand, based on the naming-conventions of my glyphs and ...
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Illustrator action to embed all external objects

To embed all external objects in Illustrator I do this: Open the Links panel Select all the linked objects (select first, shift+clik on last) Select Embed object(s) from the dropdown menu in the ...
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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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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 = app....
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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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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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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 ...