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  1. 404 on the download link.

    Comment by Diggory Laycock — May 4, 2005 @ 9:40 am

  2. Fixed, thanks.

    Comment by Steve — May 4, 2005 @ 9:46 am

  3. It would be nice if these all fell together under a “Photoshop CS” group on the left, instead of showing up individually. I now have 15 “Photoshop CS” groups–each with one action in them.

    nice work though. Thanks.

    Comment by ben — May 17, 2005 @ 4:42 am

  4. looking to get an action that will resize image, adjust the jpeg compression and make it web optimized. any pointers welcome

    Comment by adrian — May 18, 2005 @ 1:31 am

  5. Take a look at the iMagine Photo “Scale To” action.

    iMagine Photo and the action are both free.

    Comment by Kevin Meaney — May 19, 2005 @ 9:58 am

  6. thanks

    Comment by adrian — May 19, 2005 @ 12:14 pm

  7. Peter. Looking forward to that nex t version. Will it be able to do multiple folders. One slightly annoying factor ( probably with Automator) is that when the files are uploading no other automater workflows can be executed.

    Thanks again for this VERY useful script.

    Comment by Rob Hudson — May 23, 2005 @ 11:05 pm

  8. i have got a problem importing these actions: automator creates a “photoshop cs” item in library menu for every action imported. how can i group all actions under a single photoshop cs library? thanks in advance for help. bye

    Comment by bragi — June 6, 2005 @ 4:31 pm

  9. looking to get an automator action thaat will allow me to use photoshop as an accessory animation tool. I need photoshop to be able to execute actions AS WELL AS saving layers as individual files, sometimes even duplicating layers as frames IN SEQUENTIAL ORDER. necessary for “stringing” individual files together into a movie file. please don’t hesitate to email me if there is any interest on yr end in creating these functions for automator. thanks. -Edg

    Comment by ed gendron — June 7, 2005 @ 7:19 pm

  10. Looking for an action that use Photoshop’s shadow/highlight adjustment. I use this on nearly every digital photo I have and would love to be able to streamline the process. Your other actions are extremely useful. Thanks, Scott

    Comment by Scott Oakley — June 12, 2005 @ 9:31 pm

  11. Well After getting all excited about scripting Photoshop I discovered Apple script editor on Tiger doesnt want to read the scripting library so I dont know what I can script and cant – Pain in the ass (This is CS1) Anyone got a suggestion?

    Comment by Malcolm Beaton — June 27, 2005 @ 8:35 pm

  12. I need to acess a internal photoshop action in my automator workflow that doesn’t apply to every file selected in the workflow. The “Do Action” action is dependent upon the previous files (input) and therefore processes the internal photoshop action on every file. I just need Automator to switch a photoshop tool preset once (which I have as an action in photoshop) within the workflow and not try to change it on every file. Make sense? Any Ideas?

    Comment by Jesh — June 29, 2005 @ 9:38 pm

  13. Ed Gendron,

    Look into psd menu under file>scripts>”save layers as files” to create single files from many layered doc.

    russ

    Comment by Russ — July 12, 2005 @ 1:26 am

  14. Looks like the downloaded .sit files have their names reversed… i.e. the one laveled PSCSAutomatorActions.sit … unstuffs to be Photshop CS2 Action Pack.app (and vice versa)

    Comment by wil smith — August 5, 2005 @ 9:30 pm

  15. I’ve been working with the “Filter From Orientation” automator. I’ve got a problem. When it is given a group of photos and set to Pass Landscape + (Close filtered documents) -to- a Finder automator that moves the file to a folder and -then- the “Close Document” automator to close the file. The actual sequence is … it opens each file, closes the Portrait ones, *leaving ALL the Landscape files open”, then it moves the Landscape ones, THEN it closes all the open files … I’ve got a 1000 files … leaving them all open till the end is not going to work… I want it to open, move, close, repeat till done. Anyone have any suggestions?

    wil

    Comment by wil — August 5, 2005 @ 11:13 pm

  16. Hi Wil, I’ll look into this problem and see what I can figure out. Thanks! –Ben

    Comment by Ben Long — August 12, 2005 @ 12:08 pm

  17. I ran across that too, Ben (what Wil said…).

    Comment by andertoons — August 12, 2005 @ 3:49 pm

  18. Alrighty guys, I think I got Wil’s problem fixed. The issue is that Automator doesn’t take each item and run it through the entire workflow, it goes to each Action and performs that on the entire batch that you’re working with.

    I’ve changed the Filters so that they now offer a choice of Close Filtered, Close All, or None. So, if you’re using Photoshop as a Filter to parse a batch of files for processing by other applications in your workflow, you can now have the Filter Action close each document as you go, so Photoshop never has to have any docs open.

    You can download these – along with the rest of the actions – by grabbing the latest version that’s on my site.

    If you can’t get these to work, or find that there’s still some logic problem to this plan, lemme know, and we’ll figure out something else.

    Thanks for the feedback! Great to get these kinds of suggestions.

    Comment by Ben Long — August 12, 2005 @ 6:13 pm

  19. any tips on installing the actions? automator doesn’t recognize the pack after I put in into the photoshop CS folder or the library/automator folder (and restart)

    Comment by john t — August 22, 2005 @ 7:52 pm

  20. They should appear when you put them in /Library/Automator or ~/Library/Automator. Are you using the right actions? There’s a set for CS and CS2.

    Comment by Steve — August 22, 2005 @ 7:59 pm

  21. Hi John, make sure there are no other copies of the Action Pack anywhere on your system, even in the trash or on other drives. Multiple copies can confuse the system. Also, try holding down Option while launching Automator. This will force Automator to rebuild its Actions library. If that doesn’t work, you can right-click on the Action Pack and choose Show Package Contents. Inside there, you’ll find a Library folder. Open it up and copy the contents-a bunch of Action files—into your Home > Library > Automator folder. If you don’t already have a Home > Library > Automator folder, you’ll need to make one. If none of that works, lemme know.

    Comment by Ben Long — August 22, 2005 @ 10:11 pm

  22. I am trying to use the save as jpg directly form a NEF files, i should work, but the save as action keeps asking me to press OK for every save although I select the option not to do it…does anybody know how to do this?.

    Comment by Javier — September 22, 2005 @ 5:00 am

  23. Also i know there are other raw tools for automator, but i prefer to use the Adobe one to some beta raw conversion script. Thanks

    Comment by Javier — September 22, 2005 @ 5:01 am

  24. Hi Ben, I shoot exclusively RAW from my Canon 10D and also intend to convert to .dng for archiving viability. I’d like to see an enhanced Raname from EXIF which allows me to do the following:

    Timestamp, which includes a string with no separators: YYMMDDHHMMSSMMM The last three M’s I mean to stand for milliseconds. I’m not sure how EXIF records time. If it’s just down to the second, there are instances when I take more than one shot during the same second, in which case I want have at least one extra digit to provide a unique timestamp for each image.

    I also want to record in the image file name arbitrary codes to indicate: where the shot was shot (three character location code); who shot it (three character person code); vessel license no. (e.g. FL1234XX)

    This type of batch renaming facility would save me a ton of time, allow me to archive thousands of images efficiently, as well as catalog them, as I could parse the filename into the appropriate fields of each image record upon loading the images into my database.

    Comment by Dan Swanson — October 2, 2005 @ 7:15 am

  25. Followup on my last: Would there be a way to select the files to process in a given workflow cycle from Photoshop’s File Browser window? I’d want to batch-process however many shots I shot of one vessel, which would be conveniently identifiable/selectable only from the Browser.

    Comment by Dan Swanson — October 2, 2005 @ 7:23 am

  26. Javier, download the latest version. It should fix your JPEG saving troubles. All of the Save and close buttons now work, and Save as JPEG and Save as TIFF now let you save back to the original file.

    Comment by Ben Long — October 9, 2005 @ 1:20 pm

  27. Hi Dan, thanks for the suggestions. I’ll look into it and see what I can come up with.

    Comment by Ben Long — October 9, 2005 @ 1:21 pm

  28. Ben, I have been having a strange problem with the Save as JPEG action. Everything executes properly and the file is saved as one would expect. I can open it in Photoshop or any application capable of opening an image. My problem exists on my web site which is programmed in Flash. When I upload a processed image to my site, it displays a thumbnail as expected, but it will not display the actual full sized image. I have tried numerous permutations without any success. When I save the JPEG by using the standard Save As feature in Photoshop, the problem is solved. When I use Save as JPEG in an Automator action the problem returns. Is there something going on in your script that might alter the JPEG file contents so that Flash cannot display the image?

    I would be happy to provide you a copy of my file if you are interested.

    Comment by Phil Nelson — October 29, 2005 @ 2:21 pm

  29. Dan, you might want to look at Photo Mechanic which can address your file naming requirements. It allows you to use different variables from your EXIF data to construct a file name. http://www.camerabits.com/

    Comment by Phil Nelson — October 29, 2005 @ 2:27 pm

  30. When I go to unzip it, it tells me “Unable to unardchive “photoshop-cs-automator-actions.zip” into “donwloads”. (error 22 – invalid argument.) Any ideas as to what’s going on? thanks jdl

    Comment by Josh — November 11, 2005 @ 11:28 am

  31. The archive has been fixed, thanks for the heads-up.

    Comment by Steve — November 11, 2005 @ 1:44 pm

  32. The download is broken again or was not fixed the first time. I to get a ‘Unable to unarchive – Error 22 – invalid arguement’.

    I have attempted to download this three times, all with same results when un-zipping.

    Comment by Andrew — November 23, 2005 @ 12:33 pm

  33. I don’t know what to tell you– the download works fine for me.

    Comment by Steve — November 23, 2005 @ 1:41 pm

  34. The download is not working. I always says the decompression failed. Any help would be appreciated.

    Comment by Michael Krouskop — November 25, 2005 @ 1:34 pm

  35. This has been fixed (for real this time), it was a server configuration issue. Sorry for the problems.

    Comment by Steve — November 27, 2005 @ 1:33 pm

  36. Cant get it work! I need it so badly! It stays as a .sit file, and I cant use it other downloads work from the website just not this one.

    Comment by lori — November 30, 2005 @ 11:44 am

  37. Lori – you can always get it from the original website, http://www.completedigitalphotography.com/index.php?p=339#more-339

    Comment by Steve — November 30, 2005 @ 12:13 pm

  38. Sometimes updating the version of Stuffit Expander can help. I’ve sometimes run into archives that couldn’t be unstuffed with an Expander x.0, that worked fine in an x.0.1 release. (And Versiontracker is good for finding Expander’s direct download links if you don’t want to give them your email address)

    Comment by Pres — December 17, 2005 @ 9:37 pm

  39. Do you know wether there is a plugin available to allow applications like Illustrator, Photoshop and Entourage to be able to view the iPhoto Library as you’ve organised it rather than as wierd incomprehensible list of irrelevantly dated folders and subfolders. I’m a light pro user of these applications and when I bought my new G5 I transferred my image archives to iPhoto as I quite like the viewer interface of this app. I’m regretting it though as I have to drag file to the desktop to be alble to find them within other non-apple applicaitons. Frustrating!

    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

    Comment by Matthew — February 25, 2006 @ 10:47 am

  40. Matthew – none I know of, but the iPhoto folder organization really isn’t that confusing; iPhoto up to 5 it’s year/month/day, and iPhoto 6 it’s Originals/year/roll name.

    Comment by Steve — February 25, 2006 @ 3:00 pm

  41. Matthew —

    If, like me, you want to have your cake and eat it too (use iPhoto but also use images in other applications), I would strongly recommend a Digital Asset Management (DAM) application. My personal favorite is iView Media Pro (Exntensis Portfolio is the other major player, but I’ve always had problems with it.)

    Using iView, you can leave your iPhoto library in place; it can catalog files from anywhere, even offline sources like CDs. From iView, you can drab-and-drop whatever you want into the application.

    The downside? Price. Both iView and Portfolio cost $199; but, their wealth of features are worth the price.

    Comment by Scott — March 2, 2006 @ 5:43 pm

  42. Is there a (save all images as EPS with jpeg set at max quality) action?

    Comment by Mike McCarthy — April 10, 2006 @ 5:20 am

  43. Can these actions be modified to use with Photoshop Elements 4? I usually use Elements to edit lossy files, such as JPG, and Photoshop for heavy-duty tasks. Some of the actions I use most frequenlty, such as Resize Image/Unshapr Mask (for example, enlarging and shaprening artwork to be added to iTunes) are better suited for Elements than CS2.

    Comment by Scott — May 4, 2006 @ 11:54 am

  44. I have installed the Action Pack, automator does not see it. No duplicate versions of Action Pack on the HD. Any hints on how to get it to work?

    Russ

    Comment by russ — May 12, 2006 @ 8:22 pm

  45. Russ – make sure it’s in the Photoshop CS folder (and that you have downloaded the correct version for your CS1 or CS2).

    Comment by Steve — May 12, 2006 @ 9:00 pm

  46. I wondered if someone could offer me an explanation for the reason why Photoshop does not appear in the list of applications when I start Automator? Everything else but not Photoshop! Its very frustrating as there appears to be no way to put it in there either. Hope you can help.

    Best Wishes

    Molly

    Comment by molly — May 19, 2006 @ 3:16 am

  47. Molly – It does if you installed this Action pack correctly (see previous message and instructions).

    Comment by Steve — May 19, 2006 @ 6:30 am

  48. Dear All Thank you for your replies but I think I have to let this one go! I have already downloaded that file four times (and the one for CS1 too because I have Photoshop CS only) and each time it is unpacked, a folder is produced with nothing in it! Well nothing that is visible anyway. Yet Get Info tells me its has items of 22 Meg. I downloaded TinkerTool and used it to reveal the items and then installed them properly but this has had no effect. I even looked at the package and moved all the main items over to Automator’s folder but it still does not appear in Automator. I have opened Automator holding down Option to rebuild itself but still nothing. I have an Intel iMac running 10.4.6 by the way. Finally, I deleted everything and left just one because I understood already that it might get confused with more than one copy. By the way, Word does not appear in Automator either. Does anyone know the criteria that a program must have to be recognised by the application? I have been using Macs for 15 years but this one has me stumped. Thanks anyway

    Molly

    Comment by molly — May 20, 2006 @ 9:51 am

  49. Molly- Are you using Stuffit to expand the actions? If so, it might be this annoying bug where an unstuffed folder shows no contents. My solution for that is to duplicate the unstuffed folder (or copy to another drive), and the contents will appear.

    Also, the PS pack needs to be installed in the Photoshop folder, not any Automator folders. It goes here: /Applications/Adobe Photoshop CS/Photoshop CS Action Pack.app

    An application will only show up in the Automator Library if that application has actions written for it. Microsoft has not created any Automator actions for Office, therefore you don’t see it (that said, there is a 3rd party set of Office actions available here: http://www.automatorworld.com/archives/new-automator-book-–-discovering-automator/ )

    Comment by Steve — May 20, 2006 @ 12:14 pm

  50. Hi Steve No, no stuffitt needed because I’ve just downloaded and installed a new Action pack and that came through ok. I even reinstalled Photoshop. Nothing so far! This is queer! Thanks for the info about Word though.

    Comment by molly — May 20, 2006 @ 12:46 pm

  51. Hi, just a thought. Would Photoshop show up in Automator without the Action Pack. Does Photoshop contain native actions?

    Molly

    Comment by molly — May 20, 2006 @ 12:47 pm

  52. Photoshop has no native actions. If you installed these actions correctly, you should be seeing “Photoshop CS” appear in the list, however. Honestly, I don’t know how further to help you; downloading and installing this action pack is very simple. You might want to contact the author, at http://www.completedigitalphotography.com/

    Comment by Steve — May 20, 2006 @ 1:09 pm

  53. Thank you Steve I have somebody promising to get something to me by tomorrow. He is having the same problem; ie, Photoshop does not show up on Automator and he thinks it could have something to do with the Intel chips. Watch this space!

    Molly

    Comment by molly — May 20, 2006 @ 2:50 pm

  54. Hi Again Steve I’ve just noticed in the Photoshop package, Photoshop/Presets/Photoshop Actions/(6 Actions) What are these then? Are these a differance kind of action?

    Molly

    Comment by molly — May 20, 2006 @ 2:53 pm

  55. These are Photoshop Actions … they are not Automator Actions.

    They probably don’t belong on this Web site.

    Although a great feature of AppleScript is that you can go:

    tell application “Photoshop” do action “Action Name” from “Action Set Name” end tell

    … so it is easy to trigger Photoshop Actions with Automator Actions or plain AppleScripts. The Photoshop Actions are sort of subroutines.

    Photoshop Actions are stored in Action Sets, which are stored in a subfolder of the Photoshop folder, and can be loaded into Photoshop using the Actions panel (Window > Actions). They’re essentially recordings of somebody working in Photoshop that you can playback in order to combine multiple steps into one for efficiency and accuracy and consistency. They can’t do any kind of logic so if you want that you control Photoshop with AppleScript or JavaScript.

    Comment by Simon — May 28, 2006 @ 1:23 am

  56. action are not working didn’t have any problems with prior versions? i’m working on a france system and ps 9.0.1 what could be the problem?

    Comment by mal luker — June 11, 2006 @ 7:14 am

  57. problems solved with verry good support from the author.

    Comment by mal luker — June 12, 2006 @ 2:10 am

  58. i’m having trouble extracting the files, i think it’s corrupted or something.

    Comment by junior — July 1, 2006 @ 7:16 pm

  59. I have scanned about 6 3×5 pictures per scan into one JPEG file in order to speed up the number per scan. However, now I want to break them into individual files in Photoshop in order to adjust them. Is there an AppleScript already written that will allow me to crop individual photos out of a JPEG file and save them into individual files? I would like it to look up all files in one folder one right after the other. It could add a sequential number to the end of each cropped photo and go onto the next one.

    If one is not already written, would Automator do this or is it better to do it as an AppleScript?

    Comment by Julia Mays — July 12, 2006 @ 12:01 pm

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    Comment by jeffrye — July 16, 2006 @ 5:26 pm

  61. Revenue share

    Comment by james — July 17, 2006 @ 4:23 am

  62. installed, shows up in automator but none of the actions work. they execute ok, but no effect to any of the images selected. any help appreciated, OSX 10.4.7, CS2, G5

    Comment by mike — August 6, 2006 @ 10:52 pm

  63. When I try changing the resolution to all the pictures in a map I get this error message: Why?

    2006-08-10 11:35:16.181 defaults[661] CFLog (0): CFPropertyListCreateFromXMLData(): Old-style plist parser: missing semicolon in dictionary. 2006-08-10 11:35:16.181 defaults[661] Could not parse: {“theResolution” = 72,0;”theInterpolation” = “0”;}. Try single-quoting it. (1)

    Comment by Florin Suhoschi — August 10, 2006 @ 5:37 am

  64. […] AutomatorWorld has some fantastic actions for Photoshop CS1 and CS2 you can build Automator Workflows with. I came upon these actions while reading an article over at post at downloadsquad. […]

    Pingback by Creative Guy » Blog Archive » Automator actions for Photoshop — September 26, 2006 @ 5:33 pm

  65. I’ve run into the same problem: “Do Action” action doesn’t respond.

    I also decided to try the Applescript suggestion above (“tell application “Photoshop” do action “Action Name” from “Action Set Name” end tell) and that worked fine.

    fyi, I’ve tried both versions (CS on one machine, CS2 on another) but neither “Do Action” action worked.

    Comment by Jeff — October 27, 2006 @ 1:51 pm

  66. I can’t find any ‘save as’ commands at all – am I missing something here guys? Workflow stuff all shows up – but no options to save anywhere. I am using CS2. From Newbie with Automator (no experience!)

    Comment by T Pestridge — November 23, 2006 @ 9:38 am

  67. I love this set of actions! Very useful.

    I’m using it for, among other things, taking groups of PDFs and converting them to JPG. The only (admittedly minor) bump in the process is that I have to click “enter” for each PDF that opens, because of the dialog box that displays when opening PDFs. Is there a way to automate this click, as well?

    Comment by Holmes! — December 2, 2006 @ 1:39 pm

  68. nice workflows, could you add an applescript to bring up the color picker (it normally comes up when you click on the foreground or background color). i would love to add that as a shortcut for when i’m painting and adobe doesn’t seem to be doing it.

    Comment by jesse — December 15, 2006 @ 5:41 pm

  69. I was running the new action pack with several successful, complicated, workflows.

    Updated to CS2 9.02 and all actions disappeared from the “action” window. Photoshop doesn’t even show up in the “library” window. Deleted the old action pack and re installed. Ideas?

    My old actions will run, but are unstable.

    Comment by Mitch W — December 19, 2006 @ 10:36 am

  70. I just love those Photoshop actions. Ride on!

    Comment by streamcast — January 17, 2007 @ 3:25 pm

  71. Don’t upgrade to CS 3 if you have lots of workflows running in CS 2. They won’t work…

    Comment by simon j — May 15, 2007 @ 7:54 am

  72. please, someone, make an action for converting PSD files to JPG files. you would be a god.

    Comment by Brad — May 18, 2007 @ 1:44 pm

  73. o… it just doesn’t work on my intel mac, cs3….

    Comment by sonic — August 2, 2007 @ 11:14 pm

  74. Hi, excellent actions BTW Apologies if this has already been covered but I’m trying to set an action that’ll LowRes an image without opening PShop…..

    I’ve done: get selected finder item>copy finder item>change resolution.

    I don’t used actions that much so I’m obviously missing something but not sure what. help!

    Thanks Pete

    Comment by Pete — October 31, 2007 @ 8:31 am

  75. I have this message: CreateFromXmlData():Old style plist parser: missing semicolon in dictionary. Could not parse : {”theResolution”=72,0;”theInterpolation=”0?;}. try single-quoting it. WHY?

    Comment by komodo — April 15, 2008 @ 8:33 am

  76. fascinating and educational, but would be suffering with something more on this topic?

    Comment by Sipoptomb — February 10, 2009 @ 11:39 pm

  77. Very informative stuff – adding this to RSS now :) If you don’t mind me asking, what is the theme do you have here? I know someone who would to know if it’s a free one.

    Comment by lineage 2 adena — February 25, 2009 @ 9:39 am


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