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Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals by Richard Harrington

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15. Actions and Automation

Photoshop is an extremely efficient program, but you’re truly missing out if you don’t learn how to use its automation features. Photoshop has three categories of technology that can streamline your workflow and save you hours of work per week. These powerful commands can take the most repetitive tasks and automate them completely:

Actions record a series of commands for playback on future images. They can be used to generate extremely complex results. You can also use batch processing to run an action on an entire folder of images.

Automate commands perform complex production tasks (like creating panoramic or high dynamic range [HDR] images) with minimal effort.

Scripts can perform tasks that are more complex ...

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