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Questions about series of tasks that you play back on a single file or a batch of files—menu commands, panel options, tool actions, and so on. For example, you can create an action that changes the size of an image, applies an effect to the image, and then saves the file in the desired format.

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How to export/import a Photoshop action from one Windows computer to another?

I switched computers and I need a Photoshop action I used on the previous computer. None of the instructions I found online helped so far. :( I call the action on the old computer (Windows 7, ...
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controlling save name when using action to batch process and save

I am trying to control filename when saving via an action. Let's start with an image open on screen. It is called "image1.png". I press record to start the action. I run a greyscale filter. I then ...
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How to record action for automatic repeat in GIMP?

I have repetitive actions I need to perform on images that are all consistent. For example I have 100 images with size 100 X 100 What I need to do on each one: 1. scale to 75 x 75 2. export as png ...
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Can I have a Photoshop action pause itself to wait for user input?

I am new to photoshop. I want the action to pause , then I want a user to be able to select his own path via a selection tool, and then the rest of the action should run. How is this achievable?
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Recommendations on how to synchronize Photoshop actions, swatches, etc. across computers

Is there any convenient way to synchronize Photoshop settings like keyboard shortcuts, actions, swatches, custom layer sytles, etc.. across several computers, preferably in an automated way? So far, ...
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Photoshop: How to change an action's step property value?

I have made an action that resizes an image to 30%. How can I set that value to 40%, preferably without having to make a new action? I have highlighted the area that I would like to change:
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How to create frames from layers in Photoshop extended?

Is there a way to automatically create frames from layers in a Photoshop document? Bridge lets you open several images into one Photoshop document as layers, now I would like to get these layers ...
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Open a Photoshop document layer in a new File quickly?

My First Question here, I have a lot of PSD's to work on in which my main job is to: Copy a layer/layers Make a new Document place/drag them into the new document Trim the image to size Save as a ...
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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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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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Can I add 'Export As' to an action script?

Could somebody explain how I can add 'Export As' as an action script in Photoshop CC 2015? I just want to automate saving icons to svg.
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Can I transform an image's location in a Photoshop action so that it's relative to the canvas and NOT the image?

I'm trying to create an action that will move a layer around the canvas. The problem is that my image won't always be the same size and neither will my canvas. If I record a transform and move my ...
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Batch Place Multiple Linked Files in Photoshop

So I've got an insane amount of images to process through Photoshop, and I've worked it out that linking them is my best bet. Has anyone come across a script or action that would allow someone to ...
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Importing spreadsheet data as layers into Adobe Illustrator

I have a spreadsheet with a TON of content that I need to import to layers via Illustrator. I have several columns that need to be imported for some business cards. So for instance name, email, phone, ...
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Illustrator scripts disappearing from Actions

I've created Actions that include scripts (by using Insert Menu Item). I managed to get the scripts to show up in the menu by adding them to the folder ~\Presets\en_US\Scripts in my Illustrator ...
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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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Apply an action to each item in a selection in turn?

If you use an Illustrator action on a selection, it applies it to that selection as a whole. Illustrator actions can be applied as 'batches', but this means batches of files, not batches of objects. ...
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Edit Photoshop Actions: Export specific

I would like to optimize images for web but in batches. I have set up and use an Action Action>Awesome Images>Optimized Awesome Images. The problem lies when I go to a new set of images that I want ...
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Photoshop action 'select forward layer' has 'without make visible' attached by default. Can I change this?

I'm trying to make an action that makes a change, then moves up a layer, making it visible in the process. However, when I use the Alt + ] or Alt + [ shortcuts, it only cycles visible layers. When I ...
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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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Illustrator CS6: How to stop Action from repeating itself?

Illustrator CS6. Action is very simple. User Input: Select an object Call Action Set Document Color Mode to CMYK Set Color for selected object Lock object That should be the end of it. However, ...
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Run actions without graphic interface, Illustrator

Is it possible to run an Illustrator (or Photoshop) action without running the processes for displaying it? I assume this would speed up the performance—or maybe this is minimal.
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Illustrator Action : Remove a vertical line after using pathfinder tool

I am trying to generate outline from thousands of images and then cut them in half. I want to automate it. I made Illustrator action which is working really good. The only thing I am not being able to ...
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How do I make a photoshop action pick a color from the image?

I am trying to capture a photoshop action that requires setting the foreground color by using the color picker at a particular location in the image. When I record the action, a 'set foreground color'...
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Script to Create Colour Chip Layers in Photoshop

I would like to automate the process of adding colour chip layers to my images. The images will only ever contain between 2–16 colours, and are pixel-perfect. I would like to be able to automatically ...
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Scripting actions by hand in Photoshop / Bridge

Does anyone know if there's a less clunky way of creating actions than by using the built-in recording function in Photoshop? For instance, if I have an Action I want to alter slightly (add a step, ...
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Photoshop: how to record action to change layer style using foreground color

Is it possible to record an action that sets the current color overlay (layer style) to the foreground color? Meaning, adding a layer style of type color overlay with the foreground color (without ...
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How to record an action to center the content of a layer?

For example, there are 2 layers: an iPhone mockup an app icon upper left of the mockup screen When I want to export the app icon as a .png file, now I: copy the icon layer to a new PSD use the ...
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How can I use “Save For Web” in a Batch Action and save new files in their original files folder using Photoshop CS?

Let me explain the title a little further. What I have is a series of PDF files in a series of folders -- Parent Folder   -Child Folder      --PDF file   &...
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Extracting multiple photos out of single JPEG

I had a lot of old printed photos. To quickly scan them, I scanned them four at a time like this: (Above yellow color is actually a white color. I purposely put yellow color to distinguish from ...
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Export multiple groups in photoshop to different photos for web! Each group in Photoshop is a photo

I dont know how to export multiple files for web (JPG) without having to press all the time the same thing File--> Export--> Save for Web... I could use the quick export which has the option to save ...
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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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Photoshop action to export png using filename pattern (@2x)

How do you create a Photoshop action to do the following: Save for Web, at full size, using the (PSD) filename with "@2x" appended (and .png) Save for Web, at 50% size, using the (PSD) filename (and ....
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Are there actions in Sketch 3 like Photoshop?

I have seen another post, but it is closed and no one answered. I want to automatize flows like, for example, duplicate a layer and hide the one I have duplicate from. Right now, I have to use ...
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How to increase canvas size by a fixed number of pixels in Photoshop?

How can I create an action that increases the canvas size by a specified number of pixels? I want to batch process a number of files of unknown size to add a consistent white border around each one, ...
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Inside of a "Make: New channel" action step, the Opacity reads "50". Why? (Photoshop CS5)

I made an action that create a new channel for masking purposes. When I inspect the action, the "Make" command has an Opacity: property set to 50. Image: I want to know why this happens and ...
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Is it possible to quickly export a .jpg and .png simultaneously in Photoshop?

I work with product images for an online retail site. Each product image needs to have a .jpg copy and .png copy. Currently, I just export once as .jpg and then export again as .png. This is both time-...
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Duplicate artboard with script Illustrator CC

I tried to create an action to automate "duplicate artboard" in Illustrator CC but it was not possible. I would like to know if there is any script to do this. Thanks
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How to delete all pixel layers in Photoshop

I have designed a website template in Photoshop CC2014 and after making this I have to upload it on a server for my client, but before this I want to delete all images (pixel layers) from .psd files. ...
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Is there a way to select layers via relative reference (eg. "Next Layer" instead of "Layer X")?

While scheming actions, sometimes i find myself in a situation where i work with multiple layer copies going back and forth through them, and sometimes i cant rely on their names, since i design some ...
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How to automatically save alternating layers and one set background layer

I have a Photoshop file with one standard background layer and about 50 other unique layers. I will be creating 50 files. The same background layer will always be used, but the top layer will change. ...
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Automatically add a link to multiple PDFs in Adobe Acrobat Pro (Batch process?)

I would like to add a link to an external website to a set of PDF files - Ultimately each file would have this link in the upper left hand corner. Is there a way to automate this, much like the ...
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Creating spritesheets for gaming

I am trying to create a SpriteSheet using Photoshop's Scripts>Export layers to files. Thinking about using each layer as a frame. This is what i am doing... I have a layer with a rectangle in it. I ...
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Is it possible to batch remove specific layers with Photoshop Actions?

To start with, I have a project where I create a poster each day, and I'm in the process of getting them ready to be sold as prints. Each of the posters that I make for this project has an overlay ...
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how can i create an action in photoshop to draw shapes that fit the document dimensions?

i wanted to create an action in photoshop to draw a rounded rectangle frame with 40 px distance from each side of the document that works for both square and landscape documents. i have tried creating ...
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Photoshop: implementing color picker into an action?

So here's the short version: I have web banners I create on a daily basis. There is a border and then some colored text and graphical elements within it. I have already created an action that lets me ...
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Changing layer colours across multiple Photoshop documents

I'm designing an app, and when I designed the screens, over 40 of them, I did it in the clients colours. We've now settled on a new colour scheme, and I need to replace old colours with new ones. Is ...
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How to apply the same Distort effect to a batch of Adobe Illustrator files?

I'm trying to batch apply one specific Distort Effect to several different AI files at the same time. These are the settings for the Distort Effect I'm trying to apply: Distort / Tweak with the ...
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Photoshop Batch save under unique names when cutting images apart

I am trying to batch process images that need to be cut into multiple smaller images. I have an action that opens an image, then selects a portion of it, copies, creates a new image, pastes, then ...
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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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