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Chapter 7. Exploiting Automation > Advanced Automation

Advanced Automation

You can accomplish a great deal through the combination of Photoshop actions and the built-in features on the Automate menu, but actions do have some limitations. Photoshop has no facility for conditional actions, for example, so if you want to process horizontal images to 800 pixels wideand vertical images to 800 pixels tall, you'll have to segregate them and run separate actions on the horizontals and the verticals.

Some operations can't be recorded in an action—earlier in this chapter, I showed you the problems that can occur when you add an adjustment layer to an image with an open layer set, for example. Usually you can come up with a workaround if you invest enough ingenuity, but sometimes you'll run into the wall. So I'll conclude by pointing out that Photoshop is completely scriptable in AppleScript (Mac), Visual Basic (Windows), or Java (cross-platform).


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