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How to export/import a Photoshop action from one Windows computer to another?

Found instructions for exporting just the actions you need. View your actions by going to Window > Actions. If your actions aren't contained in a set, create one by clicking the folder icon at the ...
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How to create skin retouching action

Retouching skins have so many plugins, software and even photoshop actions, some are paid and other are free, you can search for free photoshop retouching skin actions. For me and in Photoshop using ...
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controlling save name when using action to batch process and save

It's possible to add a suffix to each of the files you save, but (as far as I know) only via the Batch Processing feature. First, you need to create the Action without the Save command. Then, from the ...
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Can I have a Photoshop action pause itself to wait for user input?

You can do this by ticking the little button to the left of the item you'd like Photoshop to pause on. ---- EDIT ----- Another option to allow user interaction is inserting a stop action. Select ...
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What is this technique/pattern called?

A good lesson for nearly any graphic design student is to learn how to design without leaning on software automation to do it for you. :) That said, this couldn't be automated very well to begin with....
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How to create frames from layers in Photoshop extended?

In Creative Cloud releases, this seems to have changed to a rather unintuitive process: Get your layers ready to make frames from as usual. Open the timeline panel by going to Window › Timeline. You ...
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Illustrator scripts disappearing from Actions

[Now FIXED: Illustrator CC2017 October update!] The problem has been going on forever, it's due to the need to physically-visually show the File menu so that the scripts that are installed in the ...
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Saving Actions from your action panel

Open the Actions Panel Window -> Actions The action needs to be saved in a folder, as you can only export a folder of actions, not the action itself. (You can call the folder the same name as ...
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Illustrator CS6: How to stop Action from repeating itself?

After some troubleshooting... The "repeat" appears to be due a shortcut conflict. If the Action is run by clicking the play button at the bottom of the Actions Panel, then the repeat does ...
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Disable each step from being show on screen when using user-defined actions

It sounds to me like you have Step by step selected in the action playback options and maybe Allow tool recording, or perhaps both. You need to go to the Actions panel and: Click the menu icon at ...
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How to increase canvas size by a fixed number of pixels in Photoshop?

Check the relative box in the Canvas size dialog box:
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Can I add 'Export As' to an action script?

Not quite sure that you can add that exact option to an action. But here's what you can do instead: Go to File -> Export -> Export Preferences then change your preferences to something like ...
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Are there actions in Sketch 3 like Photoshop?

No, sketch doesn't currently have actions.
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Illustrator scripts disappearing from Actions

Yes its a well known limitation. There is no good workaround. Adobe has refused to fix this bug for some reason. For a very long time too, read more than 5 years. Ive been told that even very high ...
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Photoshop: copying multiple layers across documents without drag and drop

Highlight the layer in the Layers Panel and from the panel menu choose Duplicate Layers... You're then presented with a dialog window where you can select where to duplicate to. All any currently ...
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Duplicate artboard with script Illustrator CC

Yea the problem is, it's not a recordable action, and while it appears simple on the surface, there's apparently a lot to duplicating an artboard. But, you can augment the code with your needs. This ...
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I need to create 60 unique framed mirrors for product images, looking for a way to automate

If it's not for print, you might be able to use this Image Framer jquery plugin that I've made. It basically stretches frames around practically any size image. The website (that had been down forever)...
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How do I make a photoshop action pick a color from the image?

Here is a script which samples the 10,10 pixel location and sets the foreground color: var docRef = app.activeDocument var pixelLoc = [UnitValue("10 pixels") , UnitValue("10 pixels")]; var ...
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How to record action for automatic repeat in GIMP?

There is a fast way to accomplish your goal without creating your own script: File>Open the first image File>Open as layers the other images (this is one single action, since the file selector ...
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Can a custom action be saved with the PSD document?

You can't save it in the same PSD, but you can provide a separate Actions file. To do so create a new Action set, then place the Action(s) inside it. You'll then be able to use Save Actions from the ...
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How to align the object on every page to the bottom for multiple pages in InDesign?

In situations like these, the quickest way is usually to use a script. (At least if your 800 pages are already created without utilizing master pages. If you're just setting up your document, you ...
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Illustrator action to embed all external objects

Embed is one of the commands you can't execute with an action (perhaps someone else can explain specifically why, I'm not sure). You can do this with a really short script, here's an example of the ...
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How to delete all pixel layers in Photoshop

This script will loop through all your layers and groups and delete any normal (pixel) layers. It will record the deletions in the history (as a single history state, thanks Joonas) but PLEASE save ...
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Reproduce steps taken in Auto corrections

You can't Auto Tone, Auto Contrast and Auto Color operate off of Photoshop algorithms that asses your image and from that assessment, Photoshop applies what it has determined is “right” for the image....
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Can you add an "undo" step in an action in Photoshop?

Yes. But it's not technically "Undo". It's a step back in history. Start your action recording and use Edit > Step Backwards after a save.... it should record that. The actual "Undo" menu item ...
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Is it possible to quickly export a .jpg and .png simultaneously in Photoshop?

After doing some research I was able to develop my first Photoshop script to do the trick. This script might be a little dirty (I'm new to JavaScript). The script does the following: Ask the User for ...
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Script to Create Colour Chip Layers in Photoshop

Here is a script that automatically adds a color chip for each color in an image. It makes use of indexed color's ability to create a color table and uses those colors to draw the chips. The script is ...
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How to record action for automatic repeat in GIMP?

To program repetitive tasks in GIMP, the official way is to use Script-Fu (https://docs.gimp.org/2.10/en/gimp-concepts-script-fu.html) or Python-Fu (https://docs.gimp.org/2.10/en/gimp-filters-python-...
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How to record an action to center the content of a layer?

Your action should: Turn off all other layers (Alt/Opt-click on the layer eyeball) Select All (Cmd/Ctl-A) Copy Merged (Cmd/Ctl-Shift-C) Turn other layers back on (Alt/Opt-click again) Create a new ...
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How can I create an action in Photoshop?

Open action panel: Window - Actions Click the little arrow in the corner of the panel, and choose new action Give your action a name, click record Proceed to do the actions you want to record. When ...
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