We have an action script that can be applied to an image file and it creates a stylised version of the original image. At the moment we have to open each image we want to change and the photoshop file that contains the action and shape file. Then paste the image we want changed into the top layer of the action script file and run the action by closing the shape file. (see full workflow below in notes).
This works fine, but we would like to automate the process so that we can drop multiple files into a folder and a script checks to see if new files are available. We are using an Apple Mac so this link gives more info on what options we have - you may have others:
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The action script would also need to be changed to process the image without human interaction and to apply the style and save the new image file to a second folder. The new file needs to retain the file original name if possible and old file should be deleted from the watch folder. The script would then move onto the next image in the folder and perform the same thing, opening the file, applying the style, saving the new file to a different folder and deleting the original file.
Things to note:
1. This must work on a mac and run on any recent version of photoshop.
2. Each image should be processed individually as they are often large files and trying to do multiples at once can crash photoshop.
3. The current process is to open our photoshop file that contains the effect, double click on a smart object thumbnail which opens a shapefile .psb. We then paste our target image into this as a layer, close the .psb file and this applies the filter and saves the file.
4. The original photoshop filter file is then closed and opened again or the top element in the history panel can be clicked to be ready to run the process again.
We can supply a copy of the action script (.atn file ) and the psd file used to paste into along with example photos before and after the filter has been applied. Files are large so will be sent via [login to view URL] or through dropbox - your preference.