I have a specific design which is always being used, the only thing I am editing the is text line.

For example, the text line is a date.

  • 1950 (save as 1950.PNG)
  • 1951 (save as 1951.png)

and so on

I have to do this for about 100 years so from 1901 to 2014. So is there a quicker way to do this?

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  • Yes. See this thread graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/4866/…
    – ceefin
    Mar 10 '15 at 11:14

What you’re after can be achieved using Photoshop Variables.

If you create a text layer for the text you’d like to populate with different data.

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Then open Image → Variables → Define and set your text layer to have its text replaced.

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You can then switch to Data Sets (or Image → Variables → Data Sets), and import a text file with the variables.

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And then, use File → Export → Data Sets as Files to export all the versions from your data set.

If my description doesn’t make sense, this video may be helpful:



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  1. Create a layer comp for each year and then export layer comps to file

  2. Export the base to a png without the text line. Go to indesign and make a 100 pages document that's the size of your PNG. Place your PNG on the master page, and then on the master add the current page number with 19 before it:
    enter image description here You should get something like this in the master:
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Now got to your pages and you'll get all of the years, but the firs nine will be with three digits (199 instead of 1909) , so only there add the "0". Now export it all to PNG, JPEG or whatever you want.


Maybe ImageMagick can help you?

Some steps:

  1. Create nochange design PNG
  2. Create PNG files with text
  3. Merge two images together

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