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


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

  2. 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

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

  3. 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!


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

  4. 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?


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

  5. 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

  6. 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

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

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

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

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

  9. 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

  11. Revenue share

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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. […] 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

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

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

  21. 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

  22. 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

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

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

  24. 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!


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

  25. 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.

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

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

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

  27. 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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