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Chapter 10. Creating a Power Workflow in... > Understanding Photoshop Scripting

Understanding Photoshop Scripting

Scripting and actions both help you automate tasks in the Adobe Creative Suite. Scripts are actual programs you write (or record) to perform tasks. Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign can use OLE-compatible scripting languages (such as Visual Basic) on Windows computers, AppleScript on Macintosh computers, and the less-powerful JavaScript on both. Scripts not only can perform tasks within a program, they can call or invoke other programs (accessing the second program and its features) and even work with hardware and the operating system.

Actions, in contrast to scripts, are a series of recorded steps within the program. They cannot talk to other programs. Logic can be built into actions using Conditional Mode Change. Conditional Mode Change is a Photoshop automation function that applies rules to change the image color mode based on certain conditions. For example, part of an action may require the image to be in CMYK mode and another part of an action may require RGB mode. Here, Conditional Mode Change is helpful. Refer to the Adobe Help Center for information on Condition Mode Change.


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