This sounds like a question for the Lightroom forum. Did you try posting there first?
Hi! My issue is about Photoshop actions and droplets, so I didn't go to the Lightroom forum. I endeavoured to explain the problem in detail above but if it's unclear please let me know. I'd really like to find a solution.
The reason why I suggested the Lightroom forum is that I have no idea whether Lr supports Photoshop actions or not.
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Thanks for taking the time to respond. You're right, and I do appreciate it (and how quickly you've responded). For your first statement, the droplet works- I do get the PNG files I want. But not in the same folder as the original file (issue (2)). In the meantime I'll try the Lightroom forum. I included Lightroom tags in case anyone using Lightroom might be having the same problem with Photoshop.
For clarification- the Photoshop droplet works with Lightroom but my main issue is with customising that droplet
If you can take a hit on the weight of the PNG files you may want to simply use "save as" instead of "save for web".
This will save the file in the same folder as the tiff (Make sure you activate that preference in PS under File Handling)
Then in Lightroom all you need to do is synchronize the folder.
Also from Lightroom delete the unnecessary tiff files.
Note: In you action you may want to include a resize image step.
Hi David! Thanks for responding. That preference is activated. With the "save as" option in PS I have to specify a folder. From what I see I can't set the folder as a variable. I mean...whereas with Lightroom I can set the export location of the TIFF file as "Same folder as original photo", with PS I must choose a specific folder for the final PNG (as far as I can see). This is the part of my droplet that I wish I could find a solution to. And thanks for the tip- I resize in LR before the image is processed in PS
When you record the action to Save As PNG (not save for web) it doesnt matter where the location is.
You will override this in the droplet.
Action- states a location of 2014/06/04 (irrelevant)
Droplet- Overrides the location.
The Save and close portion of the droplet does just that. A location is never asked for.
The preference in Photoshop- ensures the png is saved alongside the tiff.
I finally understand. Your solution works beautifully. I don't have as many choices as with the "Save for Web" option but at least this is much better than when I started. (Maybe one day PS will have a "Save for Web to Original Folder" option.) Now as you mentioned, all I have to do is delete the unwanted TIFF files. Thank you!!!