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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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Indesign Index Question

I'm working on a law textbook and I have a list of words my client has given me. I have to feed it into Indesign's (mediocre) indexing function. The problem is, I have to make an index with these ...
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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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How can I merge a heap of text into an image using Photoshop 2017 CC?

I have a templated PSD image that I want to use to build a heap of "memes" (for want of a better word). I have a heap of tips in text format. Most of them are 1-2 sentences at the most. I want to ...
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Adobe indesign script to apply stroke to all the frames in document

I need to automate some process in Indesign, therefore I need a javascript script with simple feature: select all frame objects (no matter what kind of a content: both text and image), and add a ...
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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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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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Automating Export of an image where the only thing that changes is the text layer?

Good morning all... I am wondering if there is a way to automate export of an image that will have a variation for each state, where the only thing that changes on the image is the text layer that ...
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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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GIMP: custom filters out of other filter sequences?

For example, I'd like to create an "old TV" filter via an automated process of creating a new overlay layer, erasing every other row (scan line), merging that to the image layer, then adding a lens ...
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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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Acrobat Pro: how to add multiple custom stamps at once

Is there a way to add many custom stamps at once? Adding within the program only allows one stamp to be added at a time (I have 71 to add). I tried adding the image files to the stamps folder within ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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InDesign: how to get anchored objects to flow within text boxes

Writing my thesis and this drives me mad. I: place images, add captions to them, ..and anchor (see pink arrow) them to relevant text, see image: (ignore here that the image falls off the page to ...
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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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How to import a CSV list of names into Illustrator artwork?

I print decals. A lot of them. Especially this time of year (summer sports, back-to-school, etc.) It'd make my job a lot easier if I could import a CSV list of names into two predefined artboards, ...
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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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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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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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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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Multiple-page, varied-information Data Merge in InDesign?

Can I use Data Merge in InDesign to input various information from a .cvs file into multiple pages of a resource directory? The idea is sustainability for the customer... lay it out once and then ...
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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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How to create an outlined drawing of a map or easily turn a Google Maps screenshot into one?

I could probably figure out how to do one, but I have to do like, 30 of these and I want to learn how to make it quick and painless. My first thought was using Live Trace in Illustrator, but I'm not ...
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Kerning on the fly

Do anyone know any algorithm which would calculate automatically kerning of characters based on glyph shapes when user types text? I don't mean trivial calculation of advance widths or similar, I ...
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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 do I cancel a batch process in Illustrator or Photoshop?

I'm using the "batch..." automation process under the Actions menu in Illustrator. How do I cancel a batch process once it already started? Is there a method for canceling batches in ...
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How do I create color swatch for Photoshop from a list of RGB values?

I have a list of colors as RRR GGG BBB in a text file and I need to use only those colors to create my images. I'd like to be able to load those colors to Photoshop's color palette (swatch). Is there ...
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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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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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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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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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