The Photoshop Automator Action Pack has been updated for Photoshop CC 2018, and you can buy the latest version at RobotPhotoshop.com. This is a collection of Automator Actions that allow you to drive Photoshop from Apple’s Automator on Mac OS X. If you’ve never used Automator before, it provides a simple, drag and drop mechanism for creating complex automated workflows. Of course, Photoshop has its own Actions built-in actions facility, but Automator lets you build automations that include other applications, in addition to Photoshop. What’s more, with the Photoshop Automator Action Pack you can build workflows that include branching logic – different operations can be applied to different images based on their size, orientation, bit depth and more. If you’d like to experiment with Automator, a free version of the Photoshop Automator Action Pack is also available at RobotPhotoshop.com along with lots of tutorial videos.
We recently updated our Mac OS X-based Photoshop Automator Actions to Version 5.0.8, to include support for Photoshop CC 2017.
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. Read more »
||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.)
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.
Resize Image, Change Resolution, Scale Image, and Fit Image all resize your image using different controls. With these four actions you can handle any batch resizing chore you might have, and this video, Resizing Images, explains how they work and why you’ll choose one over another.
||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.|
||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.
||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.
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.
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.
UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2017: This action no longer works and the links to it have been removed. You can batch-convert raw files to DNG with Adobe’s DNG Converter (currently at version 9.12.1), or when importing images into Lightroom, if that is your primary image editor.
We still publish a set of Photoshop Automator Actions, which has been updated for Photoshop CC 2017. You can find out more at our sister site, RobotPhotoshop.com.
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.
For photographers who shoot raw, DNG offers several important advantages over proprietary formats: it’s open source, so any software or hardware vendor can support it; it won’t vanish if any particular company goes out of business; and it includes support for all raw conversion metadata, making for a more efficient, all-in-one, raw format/metadata file.
Automator, meanwhile, is an excellent workflow automation tool which allows you to create applets that automatically manage your post-production pipeline. Read more »