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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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Inkscape - Automating Trace Bitmap with Preset Parameters

I'm seeking guidance on automating the Trace Bitmap function in Inkscape. Specifically, I'm looking to preset parameters like color type, number of scans, and corner smoothing for the Trace Bitmap ...
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Indesign Automation

We are planning to automate in-design flow Create a base design with place holders Tag all the placeholders Export the content as xml/ export as Idml Update xml/idml (html form to update conent) ...
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Convert fonts into curves/ paths automatically on export to PDF in Illustrator

Is there any way in illustrator to convert text into curves/ paths automatically when exporting as PDF? I couldn't find any preset option in the PDF export dialog. Are there "Actions" like ...
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How can I automatically export parts of Inkscape SVG layers, defined by rectangles on a layer, into separate images named by rectangle+layer?

I have one SVG created in Inkscape. It has a layer* containing rectangles which define clipping boundaries. It has multiple other layers containing the elements that I want to end up rendered into ...
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InDesign: how can I import specific data from csv

I now the Datamerge feature, but it is not quite what I want. I have a CSV with multiple rows and i want data from specific rows and specific columns put into my document. Obviously, data merge cant ...
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Photoshop: Automating vector art placement into multiple PSD mockup files

I have a small print-on-demand clothing company, and spend a lot of time creating mockups for t-shirt designs. I'm wondering if it's possible to place a "linked" smart object or vector ...
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Non-Conventional MSWord Formatting Using Baselines

It was a tie between SuperUser SE or this one - I feel like I would get better results here. My question is regarding the use of baselines, but keep in mind that I have a copy of MSOffice 2016 Home &...
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Is it possible to blend overlapping layers with seamless transition using G'IMC filter or something else with Krita?

Lets say I have a texture that I want to make tillable/seamless: What I normally do is cut it in half, move the halves to opposite sides, overlap them a fair bit so that the repeating but irregular ...
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How do you import multiple pages of a PDF into Inkscape CLI?

I'm trying to import a PDF (actually hundreds of PDFs) into Inkscape Command Line for export into PDF again. This is in an attempt to clean up a PDF with some compatibility issues with another piece ...
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Can layers be symlinked in gimp? Like if they were the same layer

Can layers be symlinked in gimp? Like if they were the same layer. For example, I have one tree, and I want to create a forest. I want to draw a single tree, dup that layer into 20 layers. Then i will ...
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Inkscape scripting and automation: nodes?

How does Inkscape handle nodes in scripting? Or can the nodes be written out in some way? Or perhaps there is a better place to ask about this: I have a simple manual clicking routine that seems a ...
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Photoshop : Taking existing Pixel art and Automatically creating individual layers

Right here is an interesting one. For a project I need each pixel of existing pixel art on an individual layer. There are potentially hundreds of images so i cant just copy, paste to new layer for ...
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How can I make the vertical space to be of the same length as the horizontal space when creating a photo grid collage with Contact Sheet in Photoshop?

I use Photoshop -> File -> Automate -> Contact Sheet II to create a photo grid collage. The vertical spaces are much larger than the horizontal spaces: How can I make the vertical spaces to ...
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Replace image in Photoshop keeping skew intact

How can I replace images in an array of images in Photoshop, such that the image retains all its properties? I created a layer with an image and skewed the image to have a perspective look. I then ...
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Custom photoshop script to combine files

I've created a few drawings of characters with blank faces and several different facial expressions that I intended to simply put over the drawing of the blank-faced character (face pictures have ...
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Adobe InDesign: How can I change the location of the footnotes?

I need to change the location of the footnotes. Instead of the footnotes being at the bottom of the page, they should be in the side column of the main text. I also need it to be exactly on the ...
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How do I make an image look like vector art?

How do I make an image look like vector art, as in the IOS 14 default background images? I would like to make landscape images look like they are vector-styled. Artistic perfection isn't needed, my ...
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Increase border size using content aware fill within batch processing in Photoshop

I would like to increase the border width of a yellow image border and perform this action within a batch process for multiple similar images within Photoshop. So far I performed the following steps ...
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Are text variables and associated automation possible in Figma?

I've been using Figma for everything design-related. Is there an automated way for generating certificates that get names from an (MS Excel) database?
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How to make a Unicode-standardized character (preferably UTF-8) from a vector (SVG) image?

I have a .svg file containing a vector image of WhatsApp logo. The file is available here in Wikimedia Commons and from what I can tell it's free to use. I want to paste it as text in my website as a ...
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Folder set-up automation Photoshop actions

My goal is to create an action that sets up a folder structure for a comic panel as the image below suggests. My attempt ended up with this result. The main issue is that the color-coded folders ...
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Is there a way to automatically arrange a collection of small images into a collage, with customizable parameters?

For a project I'm working on I want to take 40-50 music band logos, and arrange them into a collage in a specific area of an image. Example from online below: Below you can see an example of what I'm ...
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How to make custom brushes work in Illustator with automatisation

I want to make a rectangle with a custom brush applied (so I load my custom brush library), and it works fine for the first image, but if I do that in automatisation, it does not load my brush for the ...
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In illustrator, is there a way to script to color objects from an image on a lower layer?

Okay, so this might be a little complicated. In Adobe Illustrator (currently 25.4.1) I have a project that I'm doing, where a pattern of objects is on one layer, and there's an image on a locked layer ...
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Import many independent PDF files to Photoshop

Is the a way to easy import many independent PDF files automatically to Photoshop? Now i move all files to PS and must confirm each of file like this : https://gyazo.com/...
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How to create a line that spans automatically right from the text til the end of the text frame

I am looking for a solution how to create a line that automatically spans to the right from the conditional text: As you can see above I just solved it at first with a static line. As soon as we ...
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Photoshop Action to make mirrored tiling images

Let's say I have many 1:1 ratio (square) images of varying pixel dimensions and I want to make them double the resolution and flip them on both X and Y axes so that they create a mirrored tile. For ...
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When printing layout page it does not show the actual cards

I am designing a game cards. I merged the layout of the single master card with csv file,as you can see on the pictures below. After that I made a printing layout page using rectangle frame tool and ...
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InDesign: import multiple questions from Word, one per page

I'm not even sure what to search for as I googled for a while but couldn't find anything. In a Word doc, I have a list of 300 questions. I'm trying to create a writing journal where there is one ...
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Calibrate standard rainbow colors from different bicolor images

I'm trying to figure out an efficient way (whether using Photoshop actions or whatnot) to convert a series of bi-color images into rainbow color calibration variations Here is a sample input image (...
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Join multiple SVG files into one? Looking for automatic (scriptable) solution

I have multiple SVG files (such as https://gist.github.com/matkoniecz/8e71fcfabcc52818ed47a430f23ca88b ) All of them have the same height, width, viewbox etc. I want to combine them into one file. ...
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Adding characters using Grep style in InDesign

2 problems about paragraph style... can grep style do this? Thanks! 1. if number is 10 duplicate four time / result: 10 101010 2. if number is 8 add 3 character like this "*" / result: 8 *...
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how can I mass edit photos?

I need to edit a lot of images by removing the background turn it to a PNG and cut it to size, is there a way to automate any part of this all the images are different shapes, the photos have a white ...
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Page layout tools for the command line, to help automation

I'm working on translating a very old TSR (D&D) adventure (In Search of Adventure) and I'd like to have a similar (if not nearly identical) layout as the original, in order to print a PDF. I have ...
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How to ungroup and conduct Path-Difference on multiple objects in Inkscape?

I have a couple of shapes (more than 500 to be precise) that are groups of paths. Like in the image below you can only see the outer shape and any holes are grouped with the outer shape. In order to ...
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How to select or copy all text in InDesign document

I want to select all text content of every page in an InDesign document or copying all text in InDesign document. I have tried scripting method, but did not work.
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Indesign Catalog with data merge

i'm working on a tools catalog made in CorelDRAW but i want to move it in Indesign. The catalog is separated by multiple categories from mechanical tools to wood and plastic products, electrical and ...
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(Batch) resize images to fit within circle

How can I automatically resize hundreds of images so that each fits within the same-sized circle? I have images (icons, in PNG format) with various shapes. I will be compositing these each with an ...
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Is it possible to have variable-linked text box change based on document name?

I am working with personalized items for different sports teams. We get a spreadsheet of personalizations needed (like "Bob", "Cheryl", "Best Dad") that need to go in a ...
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PDF export automatisation with different data for each document (indesign or acrobat dc)

For creating several identical invoice pdfs, I made a template in Indesign. How can I export multiple pdfs with different address fields and dates of purchase based on something like .xml .csv or .vcf?...
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Automation for Batch-Converting Images for Ecomm - must have square canvas - Ug

First time here and hope this is a good place to ask. Looking for a quick way/automation to convert multiple print quality images (30-70MB) to 1000x1000 pixels at 300 dpi and under 3 MB for use in web ...
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Files from Adobe Bridge to Separate Folders

Asking this again. I still haven't found a solution to this. I have hundreds of images in a folder in bridge. I have tagged them alternatively by colour. The first bunch as Green, the second as Red ...
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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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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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