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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Text boxes with automatic counting

I need to build a grid with a1 a2 a3 ... b1 b2 b3 ... and so on, is there a way to automatically generate the necessary blocks without editing the text on each manually?
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Is there an automated way to draw pixel measures on an image in GIMP

Question Is there an existing plugin or script for GIMP that performs the same function as the pixelmeasure script described below? Background There is a JSX script for Photoshop (pixelmeasure.jsx) ...
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Convert a PSD Photoshop file for Gimp

I'm looking for a script or any another solution to convert a PSD file for Gimp because our developpers use to work with Linux. We've seen that some layers don't work, it is necessary to merge the ...
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Is there any way to label a grids rows and columns with numbers in Photoshop CC automatically?

So you draw your grid automatically (which I know how to do). Then I want it to number just the row and column automatically like so:
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How could I automate after effect video on RSS feed update

I have an RSS feed with a text and an image. I need to trigger this RSS on update and use the image and text inside the after effect composition, start the exportation, and upload on the Internet. It'...
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Automate drawing lines between multiple objects illustrator

I would like to be able to connect multiple objects to the same point using some sort of automated routine. Say I have 20 squares and I want to draw an arrow between each square and another point, ...
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Format numbers in an Indesign table similar to Excel

I'm working on a document that has a small pricing table in it and I'd like to know if there is a way to set my table cells to automatically format my numbers the same way that Microsoft Excel does: ...
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Specifying input for a batch photoshop job

In the next 2 months, I will be helping local artists sell their work on various product types (tees, canvases, hoodies, etc.). They will be sending me high resolution PNG files which I need to ...
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Is it possible to export In design template for web re-use

I have some templates of business card designed with "In design". Those templates are generics with markups (name email ... )for merge data from Xls document with window -> utility -> data merge ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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Using an action to apply color overlay

In brief, I need a way of applying a layer colour overlay with dynamic values in an action. This is a hard one to describe but I have three source theme files which have many layers which correspond ...
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Automatically Create Chapters with Master Pages and XML

I'm working on a catalog that contains several chapters and well over 100 pages. Luckily, I know that each chapter will be four pages long and use the same four Master Pages. In a perfect world, I ...
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Is it possible to batch the same photo multiple times over?

I'd like to move a layer in my photo continuously, and save it in incrementing file names. For example: 1.png 2.png 3.png ... I heard about the batch tool, but that edits multiple photos rather ...
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Image processing automation - filter square images

How does Photoshop treat a perfectly square image? Are they considered a Portrait or Landscape? I need to automate some image processing and I need to filter out perfectly square (aspect ratio 1:1) ...
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Photoshop automate copying shapes and changing color

I am currently manually creating a set of cards. The cards consist of 1-5 copies of the same shape, in one of a handful of colors. For example, I have a card with 1 red circle, a card with 2 red ...
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How to show/hide specific objects based on variables in InDesign?

I'm creating a 80-page product catalog for a clothing company. Each page contains one clothing item. On each page, there is a table that contains four pieces of information about that clothing item: ...
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How to automate letters icon creation with free tools

I must say im not designer im programmer im building simple game for my kids in this game i need to create many sets of english letters icons like this ones im attaching. now im doing it using ...
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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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Automate - Copying Layer from another file

I am a total noob at illustrator installed it just yesterday for the first time. So this is what I want to do: I have a pad that generates SVG file but it is just handwritten text file I want to add ...
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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 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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Strange macro behavior in Illustrator CC

I have developed a macro in Illustrator CC (Version 21). Starting from a document of a given size, it deforms it and pastes several copies into another. The macro has 27 Actions in total. This works ...
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Easy numbering a figure of multiple drawings

I'm looking for a simple way to number seperate drawings within a figure, made in CorelDraw X8. The figure has 12 separate drawings (objects, see image). Or is this only possible manually?
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How to automate jpg creation for all colors?

I need to get each hexadecimal color in jpgs (or another format). I don't know if this is possible in PS by automating the process somehow, but ideally I'd like to create the image in let's say #...
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Multiple gifs on screen/in film

I am filming a project, and in one of the scenes I need to have a lot of smiley-faces. For example this: How can I repeat this multiple times on the screen?
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Website to apply some visual style to a vector image (SVG, etc)

Question: If I have a vector path (let's say it's an SVG), what's a website I can send it to and get various "styles" in return? What I mean by "style" is just: change the colors of the vector paths ...