Adam Norris

Adam Norris

Front-End Developer

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Photoshop Witchcraft

Recently I received some work from a client which involved creating and editing lots of images to fit in with their Magento website. I didn’t have Photoshop at the time as I don’t generally do much design work so I’m used to relying on tools such as Paint.net and online image editors. However, I took the plunge and after a couple of hours my hands started to cramp up as I was repeating the same few tasks over and over again for each image.

This is usually the point when my brain kicks in and thinks ‘Adam, you’re using a computer – a device which excels at repetitive tasks. There must be a more efficient way of doing this. Almost straight away I found a tutorial detailing how to use and create your own actions in Photoshop. 2 minutes later and I’d set up an action which seemed like it should be able to batch process all the files in one go. It did! 5 minutes later and Photoshop had done about an hour of work for me.

Then I got excited and started to think about what else could be automated in Photoshop. You could turn a bunch of images black & white, crop them down to the same size or process them in any crazy way you like. It turns out I’m not the only one who’s had this idea as there are hundreds of Photoshop actions on the web which people have created.

Now every time I’m working on a project, be it web development, photo editing or just cleaning the bathroom I know what I’ll be thinking – is there a better way of doing this?