In This Chapter
Taking advantage of Photoshop's built-in automation commands Working with Actions Using prerecorded scripts
J\ lot of the work that you do in Photoshop is fun — experimenting with filters, applying creative adjustments, cloning over former in-laws, that sort of thing. A bunch of your work, though, is likely to be repetitive, mundane, and even downright boring. That's where automation comes in. If a task isn't fun to do, if you need to speed things up, or if you need to ensure that the exact same steps are taken time after time, automation is for you.
I open the chapter with a look at some of Photoshop's major automation features — commands that help you quickly and easily create presentations and contact sheets. Next, I show you a couple of production-oriented commands that let you print multiple images on a single sheet of paper (and we know how much money that can save!) and how to save time by scanning multiple images in a single pass and then automatically separating them into individual files. After that, you see how to play Photoshop's Actions and even record your own. The chapter wraps up with a quick look at scripts, which are sort of little computer programs that you use to control your computer — Photoshop, other programs, your printer, or even an operating system itself.
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Adobe Photoshop can be a complex tool only because you can do so much with it, however for in this video series, we're going to keep it as simple as possible. In fact, in this video you'll see an overview of the few tools and Adobe Photoshop features we will use. When you see this video, you'll see how you can do so much with so few features, but you'll learn how to use them in depth in the future videos.