Automator is Apple's easy-to-use automation tool that's built on top of AppleScript, the OS-level scripting language that's been part of the Mac operating system for years. You need OS X 10.4 or later to use Automator, and you need special add-on actions to use Automator with each program that you want to control. Here are some actions that I've written to do specific things, or to provide Automator control over certain programs (such as Adobe Photoshop). If you'd like to know more about Automator, check out this page.

Photoshop Automator Actions 5.0.4 Update

April 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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The Photoshop Automator Actions v5.0.4 Updater is now available. If you’re not familiar with it, this is a piece of software that lets Mac users drive Photoshop from Automator, which allows you to create very sophisticated automated workflows. This is a very important update for anyone who’s currently using the package. With this release, the entire package has been ported to the AppleScript-Objective-C platform that Snow Leopard and Lion prefer. This offers much better stability, and possibly improved performance. Along the way, I also fixed a lot of bugs. Finally, with this release there is finally a Photoshop 5.5-specific version. You can learn more about the collection here. If you already use the collection, you can get an update here. Available for CS4, CS5 and CS5.5. CS6 coming soon!

Photoshop Automator Actions 5.0.3 Update

February 17, 2012 by · 2 Comments
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The Photoshop Automator Actions v5.0.3 Updater is now available. This package updates delivers numerous bug fixes and tweaks, and adds Lion compatibility. Available for CS4 and CS5, the update is free to all users of both the free and Pro versions of the Photoshop Automator Actions Collection version 5. Updates are available here.

For this updater to work, you must have a copy of the version 5 package installed. (Obviously, you’ll need to install the updater package that matches the version that you have installed, either CS4 or CS5, free or Pro.)

Photoshop Automator Actions v5.0.1 Update

September 17, 2010 by · 13 Comments
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The Photoshop Automator Actions v5.0.1 Updater is now available for free download. This package updates 18 actions and delivers numerous bug fixes, some additional features and two new actions. Available for CS4 and CS5, the update is free to all users of both the free and Pro versions of the Photoshop Automator Actions Collection version 5

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Photoshop Automator Actions v5.0.1

July 27, 2010 by · 69 Comments
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If you routinely find yourself slogging through tedious, repetitve chores in Photoshop, then you should try using Automator to streamline your batch processing chores. Built-in to Mac OS X 10.4 and later, Automator makes it simple to create sophisticated, complex automations. Out-of-the-box, Automator can’t control Adobe Photoshop, but with the addition of this Photoshop Automator Actions collection, you get everything necessary to drive Photoshop using Automator.

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Convert Raw to DNG Automator Action

January 10, 2008 by · 28 Comments
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Adobe’s Digital Negative Specification, or DNG format, provides an open standard for the storage of raw camera data. However, since few cameras can store directly into Digital Negative format, if you want to take advantage of DNG, you first need to convert your existing raw files to DNG format using the Adobe DNG Converter. Mac users running OS X 10.4 ("Tiger") or later can ease their conversion tasks using this Automator action, which lets you batch process your DNG conversions, as well as include DNG conversion in a more complex image processing pipeline. This updated version adds Leopard support as well as the ability to convert Sony SR2 files.

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Using the Photoshop Action Pack with Lightroom and Aperture

October 10, 2007 by · 4 Comments
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If you’re a Mac user who uses Adobe Lightroom, or Apple Aperture and Photoshop, then you might find my Photoshop Action Pack to be a great add-on, as it allows you to add some automated Photoshop functionality to your Lightroom or Aperture workflow. In addition to facilitating more complex post-production workflows, the Action Pack allows you to create a simple procedure that allows you to easily access Photoshop functionality that is not provided in either of those other two programs. From Photoshop filters, to HDR merges, this technique makes it easy to effectively add Photoshop features to either Lightroom or Aperture.

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Fix for Photoshop Action Pack Installation

May 30, 2007 by · 8 Comments
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If you’ve been having trouble getting the Photoshop Action Pack to install, it’s possible that your copy of Photoshop is not properly registered with the OS routines that help Automator find the actions that are associated with each application. This simple script will force Photoshop to re-register itself with the appropriate OS routines. If you’re having trouble getting the Photoshop Action Pack to appear in Automator, quit Automator, then drag your copy of Photoshop onto the Application Updater script. When it’s done processing, re-launch Automator and you should see the Action Pack actions.

Photoshop Elements Action Pack v1.0

September 12, 2006 by · 14 Comments
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As all Photoshop Elements users know, the Actions Palette is one of the things that separates Elements from Photoshop CS2. Or rather, the lack of an Actions palette is what separates Elements from CS2. Photoshop Elements has no scripting facilities of any kind – no Actions palette within the program, and no scripting support for AppleScript or JavaScript. However, now with Automator and the Photoshop Elements Action Pack, you can finally automate Elements, to batch process your images.

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Pass Only Files With an XMP Sidecar

May 13, 2006 by · 1 Comment
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If you want to import raw files into Aperture that you’ve already edited with Photoshop Camera Raw, (or perform some other action on those files using Automator – such as zipping or uploading) then this Automator Action might ease your migration. If you’ve got a lot of raw files, it can be time consuming to sort through which ones you have already selected and deemed worthy of further editing. But, if you’ve already sorted through those files and processed them in Photoshop Camera raw, and if you’ve got your Camera Raw preferences set to create sidecar XMP files, then this action will greatly speed your importing.

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Automating Aperture and Photoshop

March 10, 2006 by · 3 Comments
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While Aperture’s toolset provides most of the editing features you’ll need for most of your digital imaging post-production, there are still many occasions for which you’ll need to do additional processing in Photoshop. Whether it’s for simple CMYK conversion, to apply a Photoshop plug-in, or for more complex operations that aren’t possible in Aperture, you might regularly find yourself integrating Photoshop into your Aperture workflow. If you find yourself doing this a lot, then you’ll want to consider automating the process. When powered by Automator, these two applications provide enough automation capabilities for you to easily create complex automated production pipelines.

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Start Photoshop Roundtrip, an Automator Action for Aperture

March 10, 2006 by · 1 Comment
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Aperture’s Open in External Editor command provides a simple, effective way for you to easily take images from Photoshop to Aperture and back again. To provide some additional Aperture automation possibilities, I’m offering this Start Photoshop Roundtrip action which lets you add Aperture’s Open in External Editor command to your Automator workflows.

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Separate JPEGs Automator Action

February 1, 2006 by · 5 Comments
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If you regularly shoot in Raw + JPEG, and you use Apple’s Automator, then you might have already discovered that when importing raw and JPEG files that have the same name, Aperture ignores the JPEG files. This Automator Action provides a simple, speedy workaround to this problem.

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Photo-related Automator Actions

September 26, 2005 by · 24 Comments
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For Mac-based digital photographers, Apple’s Automator (which is built-in to OS X 10.4 "Tiger") provides an exceptional workflow tool that allows you to automate every part of your workflow, from basic edits to file management. While Automator’s uses for programs like Photoshop are obvious, there are a number of other photography workflow problems that can be solved with Automator.

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Adobe Illustrator Automator Action

August 11, 2005 by · 14 Comments
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This isn’t necessarily a digital photography-related story, but it might help you with some of your digital photography workflow problems. In preparing figures for my forthcoming book The Elements of Raw, I found myself needing to convert about 100 Adobe Illustrator EPS files into JPEGs to ease the transmission of images to the tech editor. I decided to turn to Apple’s Automator to ease my conversions.

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