Photoshop: Is there a way to stick a Macbethcolor checker automatically under several (thousand) images?

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Is there a way to stick a Macbethcolor checker automatically under several (thousand) images ? As all images have different sizes, the only thing I came up with is a first action to add canvas 20% to bottom of front image (ieg. 1385.tif), select & copy second image (MacBethCC), paste upon front image and center it in the image and ad a 'stop' so I can move it manually to top of white added space.
Then a second action to merge and save.
Any body find a solution for a one-action so I can batch a whole folder ?
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You have to see the attachements as 3 different pics:
1= image
2= MacBethCC
3= composition to obtain
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nobody ?
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Why do you want to do that, if I may ask?

In any case a Scripts may be a better way to go than an Action.

But your Action could be improved; instead of copy/pasting placing should be easier.
And why the manual part and the second Action instead of doing it in one Action?
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Every pic that leaves the studio has to have an MacBethcard underneath it as a reference for the printer.
As all the pics are off DIFFERENT sizes, I thought the only way to place the card on the right spot, was to include a stop in the action, nudge it, and continue with a second action (flatten,save &close)

I'm talking of hires tifs (223Mb)

I don't know about scripting, so if you can help... thanks in advance
Best regards,
Dominique
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»As all the pics are off DIFFERENT sizes, I thought the only way to place the card on the right spot, was to include a stop in the action, nudge it, and continue with a second action«
Actions can be set up to handle differently sized images.
For example you should be able to change the Canvas Size by a number of pixels with »Relative« checked and the anchor set accordingly, then Place the image, Select All and then Align it bottom left.

The thing seems strange to me, though.
If the image is separated and has its profile embedded I would assume it’s up to the printer to maintain a stable output the variance of which should be within the allowed tolerances of the respective printing standard – as they should be able to verify with whatever printing wedge they use.
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Not all printers are color managed. Some are still stuck using 19th century methods ("eyeball and hope").

But yes, an action could resize the canvas by a fixed number of pixels (the known size of the macbeth image), but place the macbeth image by percentage in the lower left corner -- without any need to stop and place it manually. With a script you could do even more: by measuring the macbeth image at runtime, or choose among different resolutions of macbeth images, etc.
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Waaw thanks !
Never used the checkbox of Relative... now I know the use of it.

If I had known this 3 days ago, I wouldn't had to 1800+ pics (!) with my 2-actions...

Really a very BIG thanks. ;-)))
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»If I had known this 3 days ago, I wouldn't had to 1800+ pics (!) with my 2-actions...«
Pity about that; if you have questions about techniques that are not straightforward feature requests you might want to also post over at
http://forums.adobe.com/community/pho...
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@ Chris Cox,
at first it seems to work, but not when pics are very tall or large (see screendump)
Your idea of measering the MB card (at runtime?) may be a solution; can you elaborate ,
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The size of the image should not matter, if you know the size of the macbeth chart ahead of time.

You just grow the image at the bottom by the height of the macbeth chart (assuming it's already wider), then place the macbeth chart in the lower left corner.

You'd only need to measure the macbeth chart at runtime if you were using multiple sizes, or trying to resize it on the fly for different images.
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Okay, will try this tomorrow...

Thanks
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Perfect !
Thanks to all...