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Advanced Automation

You can accomplish a great deal through the combination of Photoshop actions and the built-in features on Bridge’s Tools menu, but actions do have some limitations. You can build amazingly complex actions, but the editing environment is a nightmare once you get beyond a dozen or so action steps, and debugging can be a serious chore.

Some operations can’t be recorded in an action, and others must be recorded in very specific ways—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 Bridge is completely scriptable using JavaScript, and Photoshop is quite scriptable using either AppleScript (Mac), Visual Basic (Windows), or JavaScript (cross-platform).


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