Photoshop Automator Actions Now Compatible with Photoshop CC

February 5, 2014 by · 3 Comments
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The latest version of the Photoshop Automator Actions collection, version 5.0.7 is now compatible with Photoshop CC, in addition to CS4, CS5, CS5.5, and CS6. All users will want to upgrade, though, since the new version includes important bug fixes to file naming and the Edit IPTC Info action. Requires Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion or Mavericks. The update is available for free to current owners of the CS6, CS5, CS5.5, and CS4 packages. For new users, there’s still a free version, and a $20 pro option. Note that upgrades only work within Photoshop versions. So, if you have, say, the CS6 version and want the CC version, you’ll have to buy the CC version separately. (Yes, that’s a very messy sentence, but it’s late and I’m too tired to clean it up.) Check out the actions here, at our sister site.

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.)

nik Silver EFex Pro 2.0

April 18, 2011 by · 1 Comment
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There are lots of ways to convert color images to black and white. In Photoshop, you can use a grayscale mode change, or convert the image to L*A*B color and then extract the Luminance channel. Or, you can pull a single RGB channel, drain the saturation out of an image or use Photoshop’s excellent Black and White conversion tool. The list goes on and on, but in my opinion, the best way to perform black and white conversion (more accurately called grayscale conversion is with nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2, a plug-in for Photoshop, Aperture, and Lightroom.

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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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Movie: Resizing Images With Photoshop and Automator

July 29, 2010 by · 1 Comment
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Performing image resizing in a batch process can be tricky. How do you tell Photoshop to resize when you might have a batch of images of varying orientations and aspect ratios? Because batch resizing requires special consideration, version 5 of the Photoshop Automator Actions, contains four different resizing actions.

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Photoshop/Automator Tutorial Movies

July 27, 2010 by · 3 Comments
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While the Photoshop Automator Actions ship with a lengthy, detailed, can’t-put-it-down user manual, there are times when an old-fashioned screencast is still an easier way to learn a new piece of software. Assuming that this is one of those times, I have put together the first in a series of movies that detail how to use Automator to drive Photoshop.

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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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Movie: Diptychs, Triptychs, and Contact Sheets

July 27, 2008 by · 2 Comments
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With version 5 of the Photoshop Automator Actions, creating diptychs, triptychs, and contact sheets is a snap. And combining contact sheet creation with the flexibility of Automator makes really cool automated workflows possible.

For example, you can define workflows that automatically create contact sheets and upload them to clients. All of the details of these three new actions are covered in this tutorial movie.

Diptychs, Triptychs, and Contact Sheets

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Movie: Triggering Automator Workflows

July 27, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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The Photoshop Automator Actions, let you create extremely complex workflows for automating your most complex Photoshop workflow headaches. Once you’ve built a workflow that handles your Photoshop chores, you’ll want to think about what the best way is to launch that workflow.

Automator provides a number of different ways to launch workflows. In this video, you’ll learn the various options that Snow Leopard provides for launching Automator workflows, from Services to Folder Actions, to stand-alone applications.

Triggering Automator Workflows

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Movie: Using Open and Render

July 27, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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If you’re driving Photoshop with the Photoshop Automator Actions, then it’s essential that you understand how the Open and Render actions work.

Open and Render not only allow Automator to work more efficiently when driving Photoshop, they also provide powerful saving options, and the ability to create more complex workflows.

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Movie: Intro to Photoshop & Automator

July 27, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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To help you get started with the Photoshop for Automator collection of Automator actions, here’s the first in a series of tutorial movies. Using Automator is not hard, and getting oriented is easy enough, as you’ll see in this video.

If you already have some experience with Automator then this video might not have much to offer, so you’ll probably want to move on to this movie.

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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
Filed under: Automator Actions 

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.

Photo Renaming Automator Actions v2

November 22, 2006 by · 18 Comments
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Taking that mass of illegibly-named files out of your camera and giving them more meaningful names can be a time-consuming chore. These two Automator actions allow you to automatically rename entire batches of images. In addition to entering custom text, they can automatically include EXIF or IPTC data from the images themselves. For those who like to keep the original file names, the actions can also store the original name in the file’s Spotlight Comments field.

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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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