Photoshop Automator Actions updated for CC.2017

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 »

Photoshop Automator Actions 5.0.3 Update

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

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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Movie: Resizing Images With Photoshop and Automator

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.

Photoshop/Automator Tutorial Movies

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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Movie: Diptychs, Triptychs, and Contact Sheets

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.

Movie: Triggering Automator Workflows

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.