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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numbers and units in InDesign: Is there an easy way to do this?

I am involved in the writing of a lot of scientific texts. A lot of them I (am forced to) do in LaTeX. However, I prefer InDesign, and use it more often than Latex. Scientific/engineering texts often ...
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Exporting Multiple Sizes for Print - Automation

I have loads of images i need to solve the following problem with. Each image is a unique size, I need to export each of them for print at a couple different page sizes. e.g: A1, A2, 3inch x 5 inch ...
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Removing a glowing Artifact from a series of 200-300 photos (Animation)

So I've created a series of photos with Blender tying together into an animation but there's a glowing ring artifact in approximately 200 images that I would like to get rid of. Is there any way to ...
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Individual barcodes on InDesign created voucher cards

I was trying to find some good document on how can I get around building print ready design for voucher cards but can't find any good information on some streamlined process. The voucher will have an ...
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Photoshop batch save, two files from one source, specific data & naming

I've searched existing questions for this, but I'm not finding a way to do this one specific task. I work from 24mp photographs, fixing up across several apps but always ending in Photoshop. I have ...
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batch square with white frames in Photoshop

I want to batch resize around 1000 images of different sizes (below and above 740px) and resolutions(DPI/PPI). I want to keep the native DPI/PPI but I want to resize them to 740pxx740px with white ...
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How would I go about designing/coding some kind of “template” for my magazine's content?

I'm making a magazine. I have already made the entire "backend", meaning I have a database system where I can easily insert new contents, juggle it around in an "order" for each issue, edit it, etc., ...
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How can I automate this repetitive design process?

I need to create about 25 assets that are all very similar. The same background image is used for each asset, however, each asset has different text written across the image. See example: They all ...
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Is it possible to change an object and automatically change all copies of that object across artboards in Illustrator?

As the title say, is there any way in Illustrator to "link" an object to its copies? In other words, is it possible to change an object - for example some text inside it - and automatically change all ...
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Render multiple photoshop layers to file automatically. With a twist

I have a question about automating my workflow. I have a photoshop file that consists of a Base Layer with some content that will always be visible. I also have a second category of about 15 layers ...
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import CSV content to InDesign document with script

I have a Daily Planner (400+ pages) created in InDesign. Each daily page has date. The 365 daily pages start from page 17 to 382 in my InDesign document. I figured it would be better to add weekday to ...
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GIMP (or others): How to remove background (by color) of several images in one step?

I have a set of about 200 PNG-images in like that: Only black and white, no colors, no grey. I need the background color (white) to be removed and tried to do so in macOS Preview (with that Instant ...
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Method / Software for Creating Images based on Dynamically Updatable Templates?

So, for example, I want to create 2 ADS but the text and the photo featured will be different between the two. How can I create the same design using something like a template that can also be updated ...
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Delete specific layers in all PDF documents (batch)

I have around two hundred wedding name cards and the design is the same, except the name on it changes. I managed to change the names automatically via .csv list + Illustrator batch actions. Quite few ...
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Make JPG business cards in Photoshop from Excel list

I have a large list of names & phone numbers (in one column) in Excel and also have a master PSD file that I'd like to have each one saved into as separate files. I also have the filenames of the ...
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How to batch export multiple open files on Photoshop?

Is there a way to batch export to PNG (or JPG, whatever) all files that are currently open on Photoshop? My case: I have 6 versions of a logo, and I need to have them in PNG with different sizes as ...
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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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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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