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Chapter 15. Essential Image Techniques: ... > Actions, Automate, and Scripting

Actions, Automate, and Scripting

The trick to being really productive and efficient with computer technology is being lazy. Yes, it's a paradox, but it's true—the lazier you are, the more likely you are to find the really efficient ways of doing things so you can get out of work faster and go to the beach. If you have an overzealous work ethic, you probably don't mind repeating the same mind-numbing tasks 400 times, but you won't be exploiting the power of the computer in front of you.

For example, Bruce works with a lot of digital cameras, and each digital camera's images need a particular kind of tweaking. Rotate the image 90 degrees, run this filter, use that Curves setting, resize the image to such-and-such…. Instead of performing each task one at a time, he can run through them all with a keystroke. Even better, Photoshop's automation features let you batch process all the images in a folder, so you don't even have to open them in Photoshop.


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