Skip to main content
Share Your Experience: Take the 2024 Developer Survey

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.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
30 votes
9 answers
13k views

How to batch watermark JPG files?

I have around 15,000 JPG files that need to be watermarked. Is there any way to process these images en masse and add a watermark? The images may be different sizes, I want the watermark placed in ...
Optimight's user avatar
  • 401
29 votes
5 answers
56k views

How to remove every second frame from an animated gif?

I have a folder full of videos that I want to convert to an animated gifs. ffmpeg/avconv does a bad job of doing it directly, so I instead convert the video to a gif by first outputting each frame as ...
hellocatfood's user avatar
  • 1,062
19 votes
5 answers
246k views

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 ...
Zelbinian's user avatar
  • 1,209
18 votes
12 answers
81k views

How to automate exporting multiple PNGs with different sizes from Photoshop?

I have a PSD file with a 96 px × 96 px resolution. Now I want to save this as four PNG files with different resolutions such as 36 px × 36 px, 48 px × 48 px, 72 px × 72 px and 96 px × 96px. Instead of ...
Raj's user avatar
  • 281
18 votes
7 answers
87k views

Is there an autosave feature in Adobe Illustrator?

Is there a way to retrieve your work after a crash, if you haven't saved for a while?
bogatyrjov's user avatar
17 votes
5 answers
8k views

Programmatically creating radiating rows of dots

I want to create a speaker hole pattern like this: But I'm not sure where to start. Can this be achieved without laborious positioning in Illustrator or similar software?
Tom's user avatar
  • 455
16 votes
3 answers
176k views

How to automatically save each layer as its own png/jpeg while keeping one main layer above

We offer vinyl decals for many devices. To show what a design looks like on a device, we have to create a main layer of the device, having the place of where the skin would fit cut out for our ...
kyle buckner's user avatar
14 votes
5 answers
51k views

Adobe Photoshop: Creating a matrix grid / collage of images

Is there a convenient way of creating a grid, or a collage of images, without having to do it manually? Ideally I want a 64x64 square grid of images that are each 100px * 100px. I've seen them done a ...
James Jeffery's user avatar
12 votes
2 answers
505 views

Position copied content within guides using a single PS Action

I'm struggling to get the following done in a single action: I have retouched full res TIFF's - each with a product shot on transparency background. The products are in slightly different place in ...
michal's user avatar
  • 121
11 votes
5 answers
2k views

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 ...
Timo Kähkönen's user avatar
10 votes
5 answers
25k views

How to turn a path with straight lines into a curved path automatically in Illustrator?

I know how to do this manually, but I need an automatic way (either a script or just a command in Illustrator). Here's a line like the one I mean. Notice how it's all made of straight lines (The blue ...
sinθ's user avatar
  • 213
9 votes
2 answers
1k views

How can I automate header pages in InDesign?

InDesign newbie here. I have an ID document containing only a Table of Contents, and then a header page for each of the items on the table of contents. So far, I've been creating each of these pages ...
AnonymousDoctorBoss's user avatar
8 votes
2 answers
2k views

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 ...
Zampatti's user avatar
8 votes
2 answers
2k views

Adobe Automation: Dynamic Text in Template

I'm developing a template for my team's daily production needs, and every product must have certain consistent marginalia on it, such as date, product ID, title, subtitle, etc. Currently, this ...
HasecBinUsr's user avatar
7 votes
4 answers
31k views

Illustrator Script to Release All Clipping Masks & Groupings, Etc

Is there a script available for Illustrator that would allow for all clipping masks, groupings and compound paths to be released? Essentially a script that could breakdown a file to it's original ...
buzlink's user avatar
  • 133
7 votes
1 answer
965 views

Automatically apply different fonts based on text/symbol

I'm working on layout for a 300-page trilingual “coffee table” style textbook, and one of the languages uses a glottal stop symbol which the chosen body text font can't handle. This means that for ...
BESW's user avatar
  • 522
7 votes
3 answers
2k views

Encyclopaedia-style InDesign running headers, where pages have many, one or zero headings

So, you can have a heading running on each page that varies automatically based on the most recent heading (or, occurrence of any other paragraph style) by putting text with InDesign text variables ...
user56reinstatemonica8's user avatar
6 votes
3 answers
7k views

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 ...
benteh's user avatar
  • 10.8k
6 votes
2 answers
18k views

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, ...
Chris C.'s user avatar
6 votes
3 answers
5k views

InDesign: grep style to move single i words to next line

I need a Grep style in my paragraph styles in InDesign that makes sure that the letter i cannot stand alone at the end of a line, but will always move to the beginning of the next line. I have a ...
Christina's user avatar
6 votes
1 answer
2k views

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-...
Berry Tsakala's user avatar
6 votes
1 answer
827 views

Given a number, how to find that many colours that are well-distinguishable?

I'm interested in getting an method for obtaining n well-distinguishable colours, where n is just a given number. The purpose is for it to be implemented in an algorithmic way. I have read other ...
yo''s user avatar
  • 793
5 votes
2 answers
3k views

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 ...
Ricardo Couto's user avatar
5 votes
3 answers
2k views

Is there a way to automate changing the hue of many layers with a different value per layer?

Let's say I have 100 photos in a folder. On the first one, I would like to change the Hue to -180, and save it. On the second one, I would like to change the Hue to -170. On the third one, I would ...
photoshop's user avatar
5 votes
1 answer
2k views

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 ...
voices's user avatar
  • 697
5 votes
2 answers
4k views

Easy way to create repeating custom radial gradient?

I want to create a simple repeating gradient for a Gradient Overlay effect in Photoshop. I had to manually create this: Is there an easier way to make a repeating pattern by designing a small one ...
Keavon's user avatar
  • 800
5 votes
4 answers
9k views

Create a sprite using a sequence of images photoshop

I would like to create a horizontal image sprite for use in a jQuery animation, how would i create a sprite from 190 images in a folder (around 220kb each file) into a single horizontal sprite?
Xavier's user avatar
  • 51
5 votes
1 answer
13k views

Illustrator variables / data-driven documents: how to batch-export one file for each data set?

With the Variables window in Illustrator you can make something a bit like a data-merge document with lots of variants for different records (InDesign’s data merge is usually better, but I have to use ...
user56reinstatemonica8's user avatar
5 votes
1 answer
5k views

How do you create custom scripts for automation in Photoshop?

I have been recording custom actions to perform various automations, though I am starting to require greater control which would be better implemented using some form of scripting (if this can indeed ...
Lea Hayes's user avatar
  • 279
5 votes
4 answers
6k views

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 ...
user1306322's user avatar
5 votes
3 answers
537 views

What factors do these colors share?

Colors below seem to share some kind of "tone" together. For example, colors like this or this seem too bright to fit into this group. What exactly makes this "tone"? I want some technical ...
CookieEater's user avatar
5 votes
2 answers
4k views

How to split an SVG file with dozens of g elements into dozens of SVG files?

I have an SVG file that has, say, 10 g elements that do not start at (0,0). For example: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <!-- Generator: Adobe Illustrator 16.0.1, SVG Export Plug-In . ...
TheFooProgrammer's user avatar
5 votes
2 answers
2k views

How to fill shirt patterns into a shirt silhouette with realistic form "twist"?

I currently have xxx amount of patterns that I want to apply to a shirt silhouette. My challenge is that I naturally want to apply the pattern with realistic "twist" and form on arms, collar etc. So ...
user1231561's user avatar
5 votes
1 answer
2k views

How to Automatically Generate Many Graphics with Illustrator Using External Data

I have an Adobe Illustrator file (.ai) I made with Illustrator CC (2014 edition). I want to use it to automatically generate many graphics using information from a database. The following are (...
user avatar
5 votes
2 answers
1k views

Executing multiple commands in sequence in GIMP

I've been working with GIMP for some time now and at the moment I'm creating some wood graphics for a game. For creating the wood, I first fill the image in brown, then apply some filters and finally ...
jalgames's user avatar
  • 203
5 votes
2 answers
4k views

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 ...
Kayla S's user avatar
  • 59
4 votes
1 answer
4k views

Find/Replace automation in InDesign

I have a great number of text replacements to make in a set of documents in InDesign. They always follow the same formula: Change "this text" to "that text." I've been manually selecting "this text", ...
Sawyer Paul's user avatar
4 votes
4 answers
18k views

How to remove white background from multiple images?

So I received approximately 70 or so images from a customer and apparently they were all scanned. They are 4x6 prints but each one has a white background the size of a paper. How can I get rid of them ...
Nemy Singer's user avatar
4 votes
4 answers
10k views

Export an image from Illustrator with multiple sizes at once?

In addition to this question - How can I export an image from Illustrator image at multiple sizes? Is there a way I can do this at once? I wish to define few different sizes and export couple of ...
Paweł Audionysos's user avatar
4 votes
2 answers
22k views

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 ...
Betsy Dupuis's user avatar
4 votes
3 answers
3k views

Disable each step from being show on screen when using user-defined actions

I have created a few actions to add border and guide marks on images. Depending on the border required, a different action button is used. Part of these actions are canvas size changes, image flips, ...
user21447's user avatar
4 votes
1 answer
142 views

Curves automation in Adobe Photophop (CS 6)

I have some microscopy photographs with different exposures. The grayscale images will be used for comparison next to each other. Currently, to 'normalize' the differences in the pictures I tweak the ...
Kookaburra's user avatar
4 votes
1 answer
2k views

How to auto generate bulk greeting cards from excel/csv data

I am trying to bulk generate greeting cards from an excel(or csv) table in which multiple people have generated customized messages for each recipient. Each card can have a different number of people ...
Snapula's user avatar
  • 41
4 votes
1 answer
401 views

Make an index where "cat" also refers to "cats"

I'm trying to make an index with page references. I want the word "cat" to be in the index and point to all the pages where the word "cat" is. So far so good. But I also want the same word "cat" to ...
Bart Rylant's user avatar
4 votes
2 answers
18k views

Illustrator action to embed all external objects

To embed all external objects in Illustrator I do this: Open the Links panel Select all the linked objects (select first, shift+clik on last) Select Embed object(s) from the dropdown menu in the ...
takeshin's user avatar
  • 451
4 votes
1 answer
204 views

How can I create and transfer the same metering scale (vector) to a mass of different .jpg images?

I am given a lot (about 300) of single, different size jewelry as .jpg images (necklaces, bracelets, earrings, pins, etc). I am asked to create and place a vector image of a metering scale (as the one ...
marikamitsos's user avatar
4 votes
1 answer
788 views

How to create a batch job, creating .psd files by image name (each line has a unique name in CSV file) with photoshop ?

I am new to Photoshop. I have a Photoshop template with 3 text layers. How to create a batch job for: creating .psd files by image name (each line has a unique name in CSV file) with Photoshop ? ...
user2079508's user avatar
4 votes
1 answer
241 views

How to set the width of one item based on the width of another item in InDesign?

I am taking a bunch of text snippets and creating boxes that are 0.2 inches wider than the text snippet to use as a background for it. I have hundreds of these to make. I can't think of a way to ...
bccarlso's user avatar
  • 475
3 votes
5 answers
63k views

Illustrator: Converting a letterhead design to Word

I created this letterhead for a client in Illustrator and it got approved. It now needs to get converted to a Word document for internal usage. What's the best way to make this conversion?
coconutpear's user avatar
3 votes
2 answers
51k views

How to place multi-page PDF into InDesign

I have 250-page PDF file, which I would like to place into InDesign. Do I have to place each page separately, or is there a way to do all of them at once?
Asaf Shor's user avatar

1
2 3 4 5
7