Questions tagged [automation]

Questions about automation, the process of recording or scripting multiple actions for a software to take to complete a desired task without direct user interaction. Professional designers tend to automate commonly taken actions, to save time in the long term. Ask anything about automating a task in a graphic design software.

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Alignment issue when automating in Illustrator

I want to align a photo to a key object in Illustrator with automation. When using automation it does not align properly. I tried several times but failed. How do I align an object to a key object ...
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Is there a way to automate the merging of groups in photoshop, one by one?

In a file, I have about 10-20 groups of independent layers each. Is there a script/action that identifies each group and merges them one by one? As of now, it takes me a lot of time waiting on a ...
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How to batch change all instances of pure CMYK white to a shade darker for printing

We are a printing company that transfers RGB to CMYK. However when printing CMYK White comes out as transparent (which makes a lot of our art look...not great). We are handling thousands of designs so ...
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How to Keep Symbols/Paths aligned in Illustrator (like for a font)

So I have these two glyphs in FontLab: Notice that the 3 shape is slightly squished in the second glyph. This is because the size of the whole second glyph is wider than the first glyph (before I did ...
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Delete path with size smaller than 0.7mm in Illustrator

I have a traced image in Illustrator with many smaller shapes. I want minimum 0.7mm size for every shape. Is there any way to delete or increase size of all shapes that are smaller than 0.7mm?
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creating recursive, self-similar patterns with Adobe Illustrator

Sorry if the title isn't quite accurate, i was having trouble describing this idea with words. Here's an example: It's fairly easy to approximate with the Transform effects, but it's not quite the ...
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How to control Adobe InDesign from PowerShell/CMD - for: open file, use data merge, export to pdf

I want to automate business card creation. My idea is to setup a simple web page for user to fill, then data will be inserted to *.csv file. At this point I know I can use Data Merge in InDesign, so ...
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Making a pdf machine readable with illustrator

I work as UX designer, as such I have a CV which I've designed in Adobe Illustrator. I think its a very nice CV design. It has a good data flow, its readable, its well sectioned, etc... for human ...
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Best Approaches to streamline production design for assets

I'm looking for some suggestions for how to do best manage a design pipeline that requires lots of assets that need to be created based off a few core templates. For our marketing we have 2-3 core ...
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Adobe Illustrator: Help automating a process with actions?

To quickly paste the same design over 40 different color backgrounds https://i.imgur.com/pdAlMv5.png I did 1) Effect>Distort&Transform>Transform = Horizontal Move 1in. Copies 7 2) Effect>...
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New Folder with Selected Files in Adobe Bridge

I have hundreds of images in a folder in bridge. I have tagged them alternatively by colour. The first bunch as Yellow, the second as Blue the third as Yellow again and so forth. I want to copy each ...
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Same procedure for each image in Photoshop: how to speed up the production? [duplicate]

Id' like to know if exists a way to speed up the production in Photoshop in the following case: I have several images and I have to apply for each one of them the same adjustment. Doing it manually is ...
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How can I batch print photos with the 'Scale to fit media' checkbox enabled?

If I run through an action with record on and in the following steps: Start record Print Set 'Scale to fit media' to checked Click the print button Then configure the printer settings Click print ...
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Multiple Panorama Automation in Photoshop

My workflow contains creating multiple panoramas in Photoshop one by one. I have multiple folders, each with jpegs that have to be combined into a panorama and saved with a PSD extention. Photoshop ...
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Photoshop automation converting contiguous non-transparent “islands” into separate slices

I'm trying to convert something that looks like this into a bunch of slices, where each slice might overlap with another, but should contain each island of non-transparent pixels. The long continuous ...
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Automate add an image to another image, and export

I have a white bg image size 500 x 312 - 72 resolution. I have about 20 icons that I downloaded from google images. They have different size. Right now, this is what I have to do for one image ...
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How to straighten round-edge document or book page automatically?

I have hundreds of documents, which are rounded: the document was not straight when it was photographed, and the image is curved or rounded in various ways. I'm looking for an automatic or semi-...
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Way to create circles in specific location in Illustrator or Indesign?

I have 167 coordinate points (origin is the left lower corner of a sheet) in which I need to place a circle, the center of it. Is there any way to create those circles (15 mm diamater) automatically ...
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Is there a way to do a find/replace on artboard names?

I've got a file with over 300 artboards. Each artboard has a unique name e.g. "symbol.hot.surface". I need to replace all the periods "." with an underline "_" I'm pretty sure this can be done with ...
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Any way to export layers to files WITHOUT a prefix, short of editing the .jsx file?

I'm using a template PSD to crop large batches of ecom images and then exporting my layers to TIFF files. Only problem is Photoshop insists on putting a prefix in front of each file name--even if I ...
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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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Make a border of symbols in Gimp

I am trying to bake a border pattern of images in Gimp. I am finding it to be a tedious task and am hoping there is a better way. I have a large image say 400x400. I have a small image, say 20x20. I ...
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When does Photoshop generate feature 'do the generate'?

I've got an action that alters sone layers slightly on a large batch of psd files. I basically open psd run action, close the psd file and move on to the next. While review thing files later I saw ...
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Batch background removal on non-uniform images

The issue I'm having is the following: I have an archive of about 700,000 tif images that were originally microfilms. They are all black and white and are basically paper with information on it. I'm ...
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How to change text couple times and save every single one?

Is there a way to make really quickly ID's for events? I have a background for my ID's but I have to make them one at a time and save it for each person on the list. Can I somehow automate this ...
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What is the best way to create a product catalogue in Adobe InDesign CC?

Our client has a product range of ~1700 products separated into 7 categories. We want to make sure that we start artworking the catalogue using the most efficient methods. Assuming that each product ...
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Align and re-orient objects from a circle to a straight line

I've been given a file that has several objects arranged in a circular fashion. I'd like to arrange these along a straight line. Is this possible in Illustrator? I've seen methods for doing the ...
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Create pages dynamically in InDesign without JSX

I truly didn't find any information about it. All results just talk about dynamic content. But how do I create dynamic pages? E.g. I have a long list of products with several products on each page and ...
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How to add internal fillets in hand drawn shapes in masses?

I've got this thing I drew using the brush tool that's suppose to be a panel for some project of mine and I'm trying to get some nice defined fillets to each hole: What would be the easiest way to ...
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How to automate the composition of an online book

I am putting together a website that personalises a children storybooks with a wide range of options - text and illustrations. As we build the website and being new to the design/book space, can you ...
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Photoshop Automation: Place Logo in corner of image which has the most 'empty space'

I would like to automate the following process: place a logo on a large number of images I have. The logo should be placed in one of the four corners of the image (bottom left, top left, bottom right ...
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How to add drop shadow to a picture via CLI?

I have a bunch of pictures (mostly screenshots, but it doesn't matter) to which I'd like to add a drop shadow. (Reason for it is to add a nice border, as they have white background and I use them on a ...
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How can I make name places with individual names

We have designed a name place. But there are 350 people. Is there a way to get InDesign to populate 350 versions of this file? Is there some way to dynamically populate a placeholder with CSV ...
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Inkscape + Beamer for slideshows

So I have tried using JessyInk for slideshows and found it rather underwhelming, but I love the idea of being able to make slides in inkscape. I am a physicist who is making scientific presentations, ...
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How can I extend edge features to add bleed to art designed without any?

I have an image with some sharp linear/curved features and some noise and some other features near the edges. I want to enlarge the image and extend those features that reach the edge and span a ...
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Is there a 3D modeller that Auto-generates models from blueprints?

Could there be a 3D modeller that can generate a 3D model from a blueprint or reference image where the blueprint shows at least two different perspectives of the object, so the modeller uses some ...
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Software to draw schemes quickly

Especially in science there are lots of schemes used, like below, but I can't imagine that such images are produced via e.g. inkscape. I'm quite used to it but nevertheless, it would take some time. ...
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How to add a progressive numeration for multiple artboards?

How to create a text frame with a progressive numbering that automatically increases in all the artboards? (as an automatic numbering of pages) For example: artboard 1 => number 100 artboard 2 =&...
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Crop Multiple templates from single image at the same time

Hello guys i'm working on a template matching project using OpenCV (a computer vision software library), so i need to take a lot of templates of one map image, in the fact about 300 templates. This is ...
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How to blur images in bulk?

I have an HTML theme and to avoid copyright issues I want to blur all images so my clients can use it freely. There are 50 images, I need some tool that is free and have the ability to blur images ...
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How to add 1000x1000px white background to photos in bulk?

I have about 650 photos, I want to add a white background to them so that the photos' height doesn't exceed 1000px, see an example below. This is the white background: It's a photoshop file that I ...
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Resizing Text/Shape/Anything With and Action in Photoshop CC 2018

i am trying to create an action in Photoshop CC 2018 that will allow me to batch resize a piece of text to a specific spot on the canvas. I have my PSD with all of my necessary layers in, i have then ...
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Replace smart object content without Photoshop

I am looking for a way to bulk replace smart object content without using Photoshop. My goal is to create nice poster mockups for hundreds of posters automatically. So I have a PSD file containing ...
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How to change colour automatically with size?

Is there a way in GIMP to automatically associate a colour with a given brush size? The use case is that large objects are typically in the foreground, and should in general have a lighter tone than ...
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How can I automatically find the opposite saturation and/or lightness of a color

I'd like to be able to automate the process of finding a color's opposite saturation or brightness level in Photoshop. (eg. opposite of 93% saturation is 7% saturation; opposite of 48% brightness is ...
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Save as two formats automatically {Inkscape}

Is it possible to make inkscape save two formats not just one at a time? Preferably without appearing where to save the file every time, because I would predefine it, and without appearing portable ...
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How to automate the Shape Builder tool in Adobe Illustrator CS6 for mass welding?

The obvious answer is "use the Shape Builder" tool, but... The problem is that I actually have a blob of ~5000 shapes that all need to be welded together as one, and drawing all the lines across all ...
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How to split a text box based on new lines on Sketch?

Are there any ways/plugins to split a text box into multiple layers based on new lines / line breaks on Sketch? Below is the result I want:
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I want to automatically and randomly stitch / combine images as square tiles onto a DIN A4 canvas

Suppose I have a folder of different images, all different in sizes and resolutions. I want to randomly choose between 6 and 18 of these images, scale, crop, and combine them as square tiles onto a ...
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Is there a way to automate updating the same image in a large number of InDesign Documents?

I need to update one image in a large number of InDesign documents with a new image. I'm hoping there is a way to batch automate this process, similar to find and replace. Thanks in advance for your ...