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Chapter 7. Working Smarter with Scriptin... > Scripting the Adobe Creative Suite

Scripting the Adobe Creative Suite

Think of scripting as that studio assistant you can't afford to hire—the one who does all the little tasks, freeing you to be creative and dynamic. No, scripting won't make coffee (yet), but it will handle many of the small-but-important tasks that seem to eat up the work day. Create crop marks around the selected objects in InDesign; select each character in Illustrator text and incrementally decrease type size and baseline shift; resize, apply a saved Curves adjustment, sharpen, rotate if necessary, and print in Photoshop.

ImageReady's conditional Actions are perhaps the next wave, the cross between Actions and scripting. Although they are Actions and, as such, can only work within the program itself, conditional Actions can make some basic decisions based on the specific situation within which they are run.



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