12 Replies Latest reply on Jun 29, 2012 1:39 PM by SuzetteAllen

    Creating actions

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        • 1. Re:  Creating actions

          I am extremely frustrated with action writing in CS6. I cannot paste a selected object in an action! It would work fine in CS5. I open my logo doc, select all, copy and close. Go to my base doc and paste-- NOT AVAILABLE>

          So I tried select all first before pasting. When I play the action, it says SELECTION NOT AVAILABLE, but when I continue, it does actually paste and finish the action! Why wont it let me select all OR paste in an action now?

          I am an advanced action writer and an adobe influencer and presenter, so I know what im doing, but this has me totally stumped. Thanks for your response! suzette@suzetteallen.com


          • 2. Re:  Creating actions
            Jeff Arola Adobe Community Professional

            I think that's a glitch in cs6 if your using floating document windows.

            Does your action work if your documents are tabbed?

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            • 3. Re:  Creating actions
              c.pfaffenbichler Level 9

              Why would you open a file, select, copy (edit: forgot the closing step) and paste instead of simply placing the file?

              • 4. Re:  Creating actions
                SuzetteAllen Level 1

                Thank you- actually, you are right. My husband sniffed this one out in the meantime  and it plays just fine if in tabs. The workaround we found is to add an action option before the paste to go to Step by step mode, and then paste. Then change it back to accelerated mode. I guess it goes too fast to be able to paste?? That ws his guess. But it works. Either in tabs or with the workaround entry before/after the paste command.


                Thanks for the speedy reply!

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                • 5. Re:  Creating actions
                  c.pfaffenbichler Level 9

                  Well, I still think your Action probably includes unnecessary steps.

                  • 6. Re:  Creating actions

                    why not place? well, I have always done it the other way.... but I just tried place and it WORKS! Awesome, thank you! And I didnt have turn on tabs! ;D  Guess I need to do that more often!

                    thanks a bunch!

                    • 7. Re:  Creating actions
                      c.pfaffenbichler Level 9

                      Some warning, though:

                      Placed images honor resolution – so images of the same pixel dimensions may appear differently sized if they have different resolutions and the Prefrences’ »Resize Image During Place«-setting.

                      • 8. Re:  Creating actions
                        SuzetteAllen Level 1

                        Ok- thank you! It is working great, and my action makes the image a fixed size, so that was not an issue. Good to know for the future though!



                        • 9. Re:  Creating actions
                          JJMack Most Valuable Participant



                          If you continue to create actions for images files some day you may become frustrated again when to try to create avtions the will work on any size image.  Action can not use logic like Photoshop Scripts can.  You need to become a little creative to handle document thac can vary greatly in number of pinels. you may want to look at my crafting actions package if contains a sample action the can put a logo on any size image.


                          Crafting Actions Package Contains

                          • Action Actions Palette Tips.txt
                          • Action Creation Guidelines.txt
                          • Action Dealing with Image Size.txt
                          • Action Enhanced via Scripted Photoshop Functions.txt
                          • CraftedActions.atn Sample Action set includes an example Watermarking action
                          • Sample Actions.txt Photoshop CraftedActions set saved as a text file.
                          • 12 Scripts for actions




                          • 10. Re:  Creating actions
                            c.pfaffenbichler Level 9

                            JJMack is certainly right in that ultimately Scripting (preferably with JavaScript) is more potent for automations than Actions.

                            At the start it may be a lot less comfortable (and offer many more opportunities to mess up) and for certain tasks it may be overkill, but depending on the kind of work one does it may well be worth the time to learn.


                            And in connection with Configurator Panels one can reduce some tedious repetetive tasks to one-click-operations.

                            • 11. Re:  Creating actions
                              SG... Adobe Employee

                              Hi Suzette,


                              We have a bug report against the CS6 untabbed behavior. We're looking at fixes, as this also impacts scripting (noted by JJMack is some other posts).


                              Sorry for the trouble, but glad to see you have placed images as a workaround.




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                              • 12. Re:  Creating actions
                                SuzetteAllen Level 1

                                Thank you! Sounds interesting and I need to pursue scripts sometime. I have a lot of people asking about them in my classes!


                                Thanks for the info and suggestions!