Photoshop: Action (Command) Stack

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There is no "Action Stack" in Photoshop.
I have some actions in APS and use it in Batch, but sometimes i need to do several actions. But Batch can do one action at once.

It may be good to make "Action Stack" in APS that means "Extended Batch", - with several option fields, such in "naming", with (+) or (-) field.

Of cource, I can write some mega-Actions with several actions in it, but its crapy, Action Stack - is the best way.
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You could ask at
http://www.ps-scripts.com/
or
http://forums.adobe.com/community/pho...
if someone has created a Script for that already.
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Mama Shan Canfield

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That would be a joy!
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Paul Riggott

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I have just added action stacking to the "Picture Processor" batch script
(Photoshop CS3 or better required)
It can be downloded from :- http://www.scriptsrus.talktalk.net
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Mama Shan Canfield

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Wow--amazing!

Paul, let me ask you this--with your script or one you can massage-- can you save 2 files at once?

Scenario
Open original photo, allows processing of a few Actions to it at original size, has option to save with layers or without. Then creates a copy to Downsample and adds Action to flatten, create a Web size image, and add a Watermark to just the smaller version? So, that end result yields an original size image processed with Actions without watermark and also a smaller size image, (virtual copy of the larger processed one) but with a Watermark.

Does or will your Picture Processor allow for applying Actions BEFORE the resize. option? This is important because most of my Actions are size-based in that the filters and amounts are optimum for that larger size, but then I want smaller files after the processing.
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Paul Riggott

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Hi, unfortunatly Picture Processor won't save two different sized documents, but a script could be done, if you could make a request on www.PS-Scripts.com in the help section I'am sure I could come up with something, also it will be easier to track there.

Picture Processor DID the resize before running any actions, BUT I have now added a checkbox so that you can run the resize before or after the actions, so please download the new version.
Hope this helps.
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Mama Shan Canfield

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OMG, you're awesome! THANK YOU! Having the option for a choice to Resize after or before the Action runs has been on my wish list for years!! This Forum is G-R-E-A-T!
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Mama Shan Canfield

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I tried searching here for "installing scripts into Bridge CS5" came up with nothing. Is it possible to do this with the above script? I've got it showing up in the Photoshop - File - Scripts menu but not Bridge. I'm on Windows Vista for this machine.
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Paul Riggott

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Ah, to get a Photoshop script to show in Bridge requires another script.
I have just written a small script that should put Picture Processor in the Tools/Photoshop menu in Bridge.
The new script is now available under the Picture Processor download.
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Paul, that would be fantastic. Thank you so much.
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Paul Riggott

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Amendments have now been made and it's ready for downloading again.
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Mama Shan Canfield

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Paul--why don't you have a "Donation" button on your Scripts R Us site? Do you have another site, that does?
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Paul Riggott

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Hi Mama, no I don't have anothe site, my ISP gives me a massive 10Megs of space so I like to keep it simple. Photography/Photoshop and scripting is just a hobby for me so donations are not required.
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Well, thank you again! I really appreciate your extreme helpfulness and awesome scripts that you're sharing with us--your work has really opened my mind up a bit more to possibilities of functions outside of the "Actions" box, where I'm never able to execute a Boolean--In my mind I'm often battling the IF THEN ELSE logic that I have had to circumvent in my Actions writing. But the exposure here has helped me find new ways to write Actions with some hands on choices for the user, and still remain batch-able without stopping the loop.
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Mama Shan Canfield

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Here's a scenerio that I wonder if an action or actions could play "nice" with a Script.

I'd like to run a script like the one in the Picture Processor, with an Action or Actions that have built in "Stops" to give the user the opportunity to do some hands on editing (ex-like change the color, style fx, etc of a border that was created with the action), and then continue with the Action (and Script).The user would press STOP on the Action Stop Alert and then when done with the hands on editing, would be able to hit the PLAY button or the Red button (in Button Mode) to continue with the Action and Script.
Right now if you click the Stop button on a running action rather than the Continue button on an Action Stop, the Script stops, too-- but Pressing the Play or Red button continues with the Action.

So the Script must be reading the behaviour of pressing STOP as an instruction to stop the script rather than pause it. I was wondering if one put an Action Stop with the words "End of Action" as the last instruction stop of the action, if that could be used to trigger the script to go on to the next Action or if only 1 Action was used to go onto the next instruction in the script. In other words could you program the regular pressing of STOP on the action alert, to only stop the Action, and pause the script. So I'm thinking if the Actions had as the last step a STOP msg that said "End of Action Press Continue" that the script could read that in lieu of the behavior of a user pressing STOP as the cue to continue with the Script. Does this make sense?

The objective of this request is to be able to use a Script that uses the Picture Processor (because that's such a robust efficient little booger) to batch process multiple files and still put a bit of "hands on" when the Action instruction stop tells you to do so, and then continue after you do by pressing the Play button or Red button to continue with the rest of the Action and the script.
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In the above scenario, I know I could probably insert a Menu Command directly into the action for Layer Blending Options to change color of the Action created border, but what if the next step required user to choose a tool and let's say brush away part of a mask to reveal an effect in those selected areas of the image, then continue on with the Actions next steps and still have the Script continue too.
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If manual intervention is required for useing a brush or for most manual operations a script won't handle it.
All is not lost though, what can be done is use a set of scripts, 6 in all.
Please see "Manual Batch" http://www.scriptsrus.talktalk.net