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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 ...

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How to streamline the extraction of objects with the same dimensions from screenshots in Photoshop?

I've got a bunch of screenshots with a bunch of small images in them (presumably same dimensions all of them). Here's an example: I'm trying to use Photoshop. I need to crop out these small images. ...
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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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InDesign issue in script moving objects relative to parent

Gabriel here. So I'm writing this script, since I need to reposition a lot of anchored elements relative to a textFrame. To position the parent elements correctly while adding new pages as needed, I ...
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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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Inkscape equivalent of Illustrator's “Actions”

In Illustrator I can record a series of commands as an “action” and associate a keyboard shortcut to it. E.g.: align all selected objects along the horizontal axis distribute them evenly on the ...
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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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Text frame location with javascript based on value

I have been doing some research and cant really find a solution to this specific process I am trying to automate. Looking to edit my current script so that it calls a chapter number variable within a ...
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Photoshop Macro to initially align images then separate differences into a new layer

I'm trying to find a way to automate a process I need to do a number of times (a couple hundred at least). The process starts with two images: (Original) Perfectly flat, set to true color, cropped ...
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PDF to monochrome PNG automation

I would like to make a system that does the following (on Mac, btw): Detect when a PDF is added to a folder (like folder actions in automator) Take the file name of that document and make a folder ...
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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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Form Design - Splitting content among PDF Fields

I am having a problem where I have on page 1 of my document a simple clean easy to read form which users enter the information and then the document formats it and populates the actual form (which is ...
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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 to automatically place an image below another? (Photoshop)

So I'm currently dealing with some high res textures for celestial bodies that I need to stitch together. The problem is, they're in parts because of the overall size meaning I'll have to manually ...
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Can an action export using Web Legacy to the source folder in Photoshop CC?

GOAL: In other words I want to create a droplet that I will use on a set of images in a folder, where the resulting processed versions will be saved as new files to that same folder. NOTES: So far I ...
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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 ...
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GREP Style to remove tabs & replace with paragraph break

I am wondering if it is possible to create a GREP Style (not search) to auto-format a consistent data set of info. Data example as follows: XXX1X234-101 "UPAS" WOVEN SPTWR JKT OFF WHITE XXX1X234-...
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Best way to automate the creation of PS-Mockups

I have designed several template pages in Indesign for sales purposes. Whilst most of the design stays the same, some elements (like logo and name) get individualized for each client. Afterwards I ...
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Adding watermark and pricing to images in a folder dynamically with Photoshop?

I have a task where I need to treat multiple images in a folder, adding watermark to each image + adding a price within a price tag. I can apply the watermark and price tag to the images using ...
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How to add dates on each page for a journal?

I’m trying to create a journal for 2018 with each day’s date on each page. I’ve searched the internet and the closest thing I got to was having this text file with all the dates: Monday, 01 January ...
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Can I crop an image using settings from another image in Photoshop camera raw?

I have about 16,000 tiff images with size of each file is about 250MB, cropping them using camera raw would take forever because of the size. The crop is not the same for all images. I'm thinking of ...
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How can I automate Apply Master and Start Section selections?

One step in the workflow of editing a 300-page multi-chapter book in Adobe InDesign CC that I don’t enjoy is the tedious and error-prone manual process of assigning a distinct Master Page (one with a ...
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How to package an illustrator file with extendscript javascript? [closed]

I have a lot of Illustrator files that I have to assemble (package) individually. I would like to know if it’s possible to do this with extendscript? I have found a function 'packageForPrin' in API ...
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How Do I Go About This Photoshop Bulk Templating

I have a folder with designs that need no further work designwise. They all need the same treatment, to have width set to 500. Once treated each and every image needs to be put through two generated ...
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Indesign. Trigger automatic .pdf-Export when change of linked Text-/Excel-File occurs.

I am searching for a solution for a client who needs .pdf's from an Indesign file. The use-case is that there are daily changes in a Price-List that we have created in InDesign. The Data-set itself ...
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Automating the export of layer combinations to a range of JPG files sizes (Photoshop)

The scenario I often have Photoshop files with the following general Layers configuration (each item is a Layer Group): Output 1 Output 2 Output 3 Background Group This example would produce three ...
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Automating filling text values in Illustrator from an external file [closed]

Is it possible to fill text values in Illustrator from an Excel sheet or another external file format? I have a large number of images and some texts to be added onto them. Is it possible to automate ...
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InDesign: how to solve this numbering issue?

I'm putting together a brochure. I want to speed up my workflow. I have something resembling a table of contents, but made manually, meaning, I have a list of galleries each assigned an arbitrary ...
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Apply script only to the 2nd layer of every PSD file

How can I apply this code only to the 2nd layer of every PSD file? I also want to avoid color selection instead give the hex color code of black to remove. var doc = app.activeDocument; for(var i = 0;...
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Automate erasing certain colors in multiple PSD files

Is it possible to erase all colors in the 2nd layer of a PSD file in Photoshop except yellow in one step? I have multiple images. Should I use the hex code to preserve the yellow color?
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How to save out multiple layered PSD language versions?

I have 14 display ad PSD files. Each file has approximately 15 design solutions (layers), divided into 3 style types. Each of these layers needs to be saved out 5 times for different language versions....
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Automate Adding Individual Reveal All Mask to Many Layers in Photoshop?

In Adobe Photoshop CC, what's a fast way to add individual default masks (Reveal All) to every layer in a document with a large layer count (say 100 layers)? I need individual masks, not group masks. ...
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Method to Export PNG-8 w/ Partial Transparency in Adobe PS CC Other Than “Quick Export” / “Export As”?

I previously asked "How to Batch Export All Directory Contents to PNG-8, Overwriting Existing Files?". The answer I received appears to be technically correct. But I forgot to mention one serious ...
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How to Batch Export All Directory Contents to PNG-8, Overwriting Existing Files?

Based on some preliminary manual testing, I've found that exporting as png-8 as one might expect provides significant file size reduction. One of my test images went from 58.8 kb to 10.7 kb. With a ...
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Is there a way to setup palettes/themes that apply across all folders in photoshop?

I am trying to create a solution where I can create a series of 'designs' or 'patterns' which may use 3 colours from a palette. What I want to achieve is to be able to change those colours (my palette)...