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I'm trying to write my first Adobe CS5 Bridge and Adobe CS5 Photoshop Script, but have been struggling to learn the java commands in the short space of time available. I would like professional help to get this script up and running asap.
You may need the following software to help Adobe CS5 Bridge, Adobe CS5 Photoshop, Adobe Extend Toolkit. It would be helpful if you could provide notes on your work so that I can modify the script if necessary. Please use .jsx scripting. My OS is Windows 7.
BRIEF: I would like to automate part of my workflow that involves opening stacked images (in Bridge CS5) as layers in Photoshop CS5 and running a Photoshop action (called 'Myblendingaction1' that composites the layers and processes the image, then saves the psd in a folder on my D: Drive called "Blended". Something similar to 'Process Collection' in Bridge CS5 only with my own action instead of merge to HDR/Panorama.
This needs to be a batch process that runs overnight on multiple stacks of 'images'. I know how to open images as layers from Bridge so that I can manually run the PS action - I would like to automatically process lots of images in this same way. To clarify, the script if possible will need to
1) find first stack (in Bridge [in selected folder])
2) open as layers in Photoshop
3) run PS action (runs once for each document)
4) save and close (as psd preserving layers)
5) find next stack in Bridge (selected folder) and repeat.
By 'stack' I mean a set of similar files (for instance same scene -2EV, 0EV, +2EV). However, MY stacks are ALWAYS 2 images - translating into a document with 2 layers - with the 'Myblendingaction1' action run once in each case. The two layers are the same image processed differently (i.e. they overlap 99%). If you could write something into the script that automatically stacks that would be helpful, but not essential.
Bridge's 'Process Collection' feature is great because it very cleverly recognises similar images (I think you have to stack them first) opens them and either processes them into a hdr or panoramic image. Bridge's Image Processor is fantastic at opening a batch of individual files and running your own processing action, but it won't open groups of images ('Stacks' or sets) as layers.
What I need is basically a hybrid of the two running 'Myblendingaction1'.
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You may want to look at the auto collection script that ships with the Bridge and use it as a base for what you want to do. You may also be able to automat the creation of your stacks if their time stamps are close. The Auto Collection Script night now does two types of stacks HDR and Panoramas. You may be able to modify it to do a third stack type. You stack type and use your stack processing process instead of mearge to HDR or PhotoMerge.
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